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Welcome to Santa Cruz

A prominent coastal city surrounded by redwood forests and world-class beaches that have helped to cultivate a renowned surfing community
 
The friendly, urban city of Santa Cruz is the county seat and largest city in Santa Cruz County. A prominent coastal city, residents appreciate access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, which has helped foster one of the world’s most famous surf communities. Besides the water, Santa Cruz is surrounded by lush redwood forests and boasts a near-perfect Mediterranean climate year-round.
 
Santa Cruz hosts some of the best schools in the state, including the University of California, Santa Cruz is a premier research and educational institution that has helped the surrounding area transform into a lively college town with several exemplary public schools. Additionally, the rich farmland and natural beauty have helped foster an organic agricultural movement that locals enjoy at the bevy of acclaimed local restaurants. With pristine beaches, parks, hiking trails, and easy access to the nearby mountains, Santa Cruz offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.
 

What to Love

  • Perfect weather year-round with 250 days of sunlight each year
  • No shortage of outdoor activities, home to a huge surfing community
  • Dozens of beautiful beaches, parks, and trails
 

People and Lifestyle

While best-known and cherished for its incredible surf community and world-class beaches, Santa Cruz has plenty to offer. The ocean is easily accessible, as are the well-maintained parks, the creative and artistic community, and the redwood forests. Study at some of the best local schools or watch the sunset from one of the many impressive rivers, canyons, or cliffs. 
 
Each year, Santa Cruz has almost 250 days of sunshine, making it a year-round playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The community is active, welcoming, and enthusiastic with plenty of chances for fresh air. Plus, the beach boardwalk is the only seaside amusement park on the west coast and an essential part of the city’s heritage. When it comes to the locals, there are a lot of families, young professionals, and retirees living here.
 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

  • Zoccoli’s Delicatessen – Neighborhood deli where you can get gourmet sandwiches, pasta, and salads. 
  • Soif – Dine on fresh California cuisine at this casual, cozy restaurant downtown and then shop for wines at the attached retail store. 
  • Alderwood – Restaurant with a seasonally-driven menu and wood-fired cuisine with French undertones. 
  • Stagnaro Bros – This seaside eatery plates classic seafood dishes like chowder and fish ‘n’ chips while you enjoy views of the water.
 

Things to Do

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – This free amusement park known for its vintage rides and entertainment is a city landmark and the only major seaside amusement park on the West Coast. 
  • Natural Bridges State Beach – Spreading across 65 acres, this state park gets its name from the natural bridge that formed across a section of the beach. It also offers an exceptional vantage point to view shorebirds, migratory whales, and the occasional seal. 
  • Santa Cruz Surf Museum – Tucked near the renowned surfing hotspot Steamer Lane, this fascinating museum documents the history of surfing.
  • Roaring Camp Railroads – Popular tourist attraction that allows guests to explore the ancient redwoods from a vintage train.
  • Woodies on the Wharf – Fun annual event to celebrate the local chapter of the national Woodies Club, allowing people to show off their automobiles in an idyllic location. There is usually a raffle, cruise, and parade! 
 

Schools

Santa Cruz is home to many excellent schools, public and private, along with top-notch universities like UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, and Five Branches University.
 

Overview for Santa Cruz, CA

62,714 people live in Santa Cruz, where the median age is 29 and the average individual income is $46,720. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,714

Total Population

29 years

Median Age

High

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

$46,720

Average individual Income

Around Santa Cruz, CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Cruz, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

86
Very Walkable
Walking Score
100
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
34
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Chefany's Cakes, The Daily Grind Coffee & Bottle Shop, and Castelli Fashions.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 0.27 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.63 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.89 miles 39 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.53 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.27 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.24 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz has 22,067 households, with an average household size of 2.37. 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. 62,714 people call Santa Cruz home. The population density is 4,922.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,714

Total Population

High

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

29

Median Age

49.07 / 50.93%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
22,067

Total Households

2.37

Average Household Size

$46,720

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

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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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