Santa Cruz

Known for its relaxed atmosphere, scenic beauty, and abundance of outdoor activities.

Overview for Santa Cruz , CA

70,140 people live in Santa Cruz , where the median age is 37.2 and the average individual income is $43,236.53. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

70,140

Total Population

37.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$43,236.53

Average individual Income

Welcome to Santa Cruz

A hip, beachy city with a vibrant urban core.
 
Santa Cruz is a classic California beach town located on Monterey Bay. The area is known for its relaxed atmosphere, scenic beauty, and abundance of outdoor activities. Santa Cruz has a long history dating back to the Ohlone people, who were the first to settle in the area. In the 18th century, Spanish missionaries built a Mission here, and Santa Cruz became a thriving ranching community. In the mid-19th century, the city was developed as a resort destination, and many Victorian-style homes from this era can still be seen today. Santa Cruz has become increasingly popular as a place to live and work in recent years. The city offers a unique blend of small-town charm, urban amenities, and a booming real estate market. Santa Cruz has something to offer everyone, whether you're looking for a cozy beach bungalow or a luxurious oceanfront property.
 

What to Love

  • An abundance of natural beauty
  • Culturally fascinating 
  • Stunning architecture

Local Lifestyle

Santa Cruz is unique and special; its residents are just as one-of-a-kind. The local lifestyle here is all about enjoying the outdoors, whether hiking through one of the many redwood forests or surfing on one of the world-famous waves. And when it comes to culture, Santa Cruz has it all, from world-class museums to lively farmers' markets. But what makes Santa Cruz unique are its residents. They're a friendly bunch who love to have fun and enjoy life to the fullest. So whether you're looking for a laid-back lifestyle or an exciting adventure, you'll find it in Santa Cruz.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Santa Cruz is a foodie paradise! There's something for everyone; whether you're in the mood for barbecue, sushi, wood-fired pizza, or another delicious meal, you’ll find it in Santa Cruz. Mission St. BBQ is a local favorite, known for its smoked meats and Texas-style sauces. They also host live blues music events, creating a distinctive country ambiance. For pizza lovers, try Bantam, where they serve up fresh slices made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. If you're looking for something more indulgent, head to Alderwood. This upscale restaurant offers a menu of seasonal specialties paired with an extensive wine list. No matter what your taste buds are craving, you'll find it in Santa Cruz!
 
As for the bar scene, Santa Cruz has many options that cater to different crowds. The Blue Lagoon is the place to go for music and late-night dancing. Parish Publick House offers a beer-sipping and pool-playing vibe. If you’re looking for a fun craft cocktail and a modern-industrial interior design, head over to Front & Cooper. The Santa Cruz bar scene is diverse and intriguing, from raucous dance bars to laid-back lounges. 
 
There are many beloved locally-owned shops in Santa Cruz. Bookshop Santa Cruz is the perfect place to find books for everyone in the family. They have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction and a wide variety of events you can attend. Midtown Surf Shop is the place to go if you’re looking for the latest and greatest in surf gear. They have everything you need, from boards to wetsuits, and their knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find what you need. Bad Animal is an excellent option if you’re looking for unique and vintage books. They also offer delicious food and wine, creating a sophisticated ambiance. Pacific Trading Co. is a lovely women’s boutique. They carry various items, including jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at one of these great Santa Cruz stores!
 

Things to Do

Santa Cruz is an outdoor lover's paradise. In the summer, the Wharf to Wharf Race draws athletes from all over the world. The six-mile course takes runners from Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola Wharf, with stunning views of Monterey Bay. For a less strenuous activity, the West Cliff walking path offers breathtaking ocean views and is a great place to spot dolphins and whales. Wilder Ranch State Park is perfect for a picnic or a day of hiking, and in the winter, surfers flock to Pleasure Point Street Fair to catch some waves. Locals and tourists alike love attending one of the Thursday night Beach Parties at the Crow’s Nest or the Woodies on the Wharf car show. No matter the time of year, Santa Cruz always offers something to do. 
 

Schools

Santa Cruz City Schools serves Santa Cruz.
 
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Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Cruz , CA

Santa Cruz has 24,329 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Cruz do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 70,140 people call Santa Cruz home. The population density is 2,838.27 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

70,140

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

37.2

Median Age

49.43 / 50.57%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
24,329

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$43,236.53

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Santa Cruz , CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Cruz . The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Santa Cruz City Elementary Alternative Education-Monarch
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
Santa Cruz County Court
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Santa Cruz County Community
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
2/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Spring Hill-Advanced Elementary School Of Santa Cr
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Pacific Collegiate Charter
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Bay View Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Santa Cruz County Special Education
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Westlake Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Mission Hill Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Santa Cruz Childrens School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Alternative Family Education
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available

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