Living in Santa Cruz, CA

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Updated: 2020-03-10

Santa Cruz SnackAbility

8
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
10
Affordability
3
Diversity
9
Safety
3
Amenities
9.5
Education
9
Commute
8

Santa Cruz, CA Crime Report

3,295
Total Crimes
5,016.7
Total Crimes / 100k People
95.33%
Above National Average

Santa Cruz, CA Cost Of Living

185
Santa Cruz's Overall Cost Of Living
1.9x
Higher Than The National Average

Santa Cruz, California Info Snack

Santa Cruz (/s├Žnt kruz/, Spanish: Holy Cross) is the county seat and largest city of Santa Cruz County, California. As of 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Santa Cruz's population at 62,864.
Population
64,273
Unemployment
8.3%
Poverty
23.6%
Median Home
$803,800
Median Income
$70,102
Median Rent
$1,797

Santa Cruz, CA Photos

Source: Public Domain

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Map Of Santa Cruz, CA

Population over time in Santa Cruz

Year Population % Change
2017 64,273 0.4%
2016 63,993 1.1%
2015 63,310 0.9%
2014 62,752 1.1%
2013 62,045 1.3%
2012 61,245 1.5%
2011 60,319 2.2%
2010 59,022 1.3%
2009 58,269 -
Crime/100k Santa Cruz CA USA
Violent Crime 593.8 447.4 368.9
Murder 1.5 4.4 5.0
Robbery 100.5 137.3 86.2
Aggravated Assault 440.0 266.5 246.8
Property Crime 4423.0 2380.4 2199.5
Burglary 511.6 416.2 376.0
Larceny 3514.0 1571.8 1594.6
Car Theft 397.4 392.4 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Santa Cruz

White
62.6% (40,206)
African American
1.7% (1,091)
American Indian
0.1% (82)
Asian
9.6% (6,174)
Hawaiian
0.1% (75)
Other
0.3% (206)
Two Or More
4.5% (2,861)
Hispanic
21.1% (13,578)
Race Santa Cruz CA USA
White 62.6% 37.5% 61.1%
African American 1.7% 5.5% 12.3%
American Indian 0.1% 0.4% 0.7%
Asian 9.6% 14.1% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.1% 0.4% 0.2%
Other 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 4.5% 3.0% 2.4%
Hispanic 21.1% 38.9% 17.8%

Household Income For Santa Cruz, California

Less than $10,000
8.8% (568,779)
$10,000 to $14,999
5.8% (371,905)
$15,000 to $24,999
8.6% (551,535)
$25,000 to $34,999
7.6% (487,156)
$35,000 to $49,999
7.8% (502,101)
$50,000 to $74,999
13.3% (854,463)
$75,000 to $99,999
11.4% (732,315)
$100,000 to $149,999
14.2% (912,232)
$150,000 to $199,999
8.6% (554,696)
$200,000 or more
13.9% (892,113)
Income Santa Cruz CA USA
Less than $10,000 8.8% 5.1% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 5.8% 4.4% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 8.6% 8.0% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 7.6% 7.9% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 7.8% 10.9% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 13.3% 15.9% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 11.4% 12.3% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 14.2% 16.2% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 8.6% 8.3% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 13.9% 11.0% 7.0%

Gender in Santa Cruz

Female
51.5% (33,084)
Male
48.5% (31,188)
Gender Santa Cruz CA USA
Female 51.5% 50.3% 50.8%
Male 48.5% 49.7% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Santa Cruz for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
3.0% (1,928)
9-12th Grade
2.0% (1,285)
High School / GED
13.0% (8,355)
Some College
20.0% (12,854)
Associate's Degree
9.0% (5,784)
Bachelor's Degree
28.0% (17,996)
Master's Degree
16.0% (10,283)
Professional Degree
4.0% (2,570)
Doctorate Degree
5.0% (3,213)
Education Santa Cruz CA USA
< 9th Grade 3.0% 9.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 2.0% 8.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 13.0% 21.0% 27.0%
Some College 20.0% 21.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 9.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 28.0% 21.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 16.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 4.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 5.0% 2.0% 1.0%

2 Reviews & Comments About Santa Cruz

Overall User Rating
3.0
/5

HomeSnacks User

Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places on the planet. It has a laid-back, surfer, hippie feel to it. While I would recommend holding on to one's purse in the downtown area, the overall feel of Santa Cruz is one of chic cafes, interesting shops, artsy souvenirs, street musicians, bookstores, etc.

One of my favorite places includes Miramar's on the wharf. I love the restaurant's glass wall that allows me to watch surfers, sea lions and sailboats while I indulge in clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.

I especially love being in Santa Cruz for the Woodies on the Wharf parade. The classic cars are a beautiful sight against the sun, the sand and the surf.


HomeSnacks User

Lived here my whole life and it was as fine until the 2000's after which the homeless population sprouted yet was supported with needle exchange and medical marijuana.

Can't beat twin lakes beach st the harbor- 3 great restaurants on the water, breakfast at the Palo mar or cross nest is great.

Crackheads everywhere and people smoking weed next to cops on the street

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