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Santa Cruz, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Cruz had a population of 63,992 as of July 1, 2016. Santa Cruz ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Santa Cruz is located at latitude 36.9744 and longitude -122.0353 in Santa Cruz County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santa Cruz (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.74 sq. miles and a water area of 3.09 sq. miles. Santa Cruz County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of Santa Cruz (GNIS ID: 2411820) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Santa Cruz is located within Santa Cruz CCD of Santa Cruz County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Santa Cruz population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Santa Cruz: City of the Holy Cross, Newport of California, Newport of the Pacific, Surf City, Swantacruz.

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Santa Cruz, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 63,992
Population in Households 54,239
Population in Familes 30,654
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,753
Population Density1 5,023
Diversity Index2 65


Total Households 22,529
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 10,414
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,438 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,350 (38.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,180 (53.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,909 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $730,678
Average Home Value $756,895


Median Household Income $62,481
Average Household Income $93,751
Per Capita Income $36,402
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.05% 0.87%
Households 0.63% 0.99%
Families 0.64% 0.99%
Median Household Income   2.44%
Per Capita Income   1.56%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Santa Cruz, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santa Cruz to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 141 91st
Population Density1 # 238 84th
Diversity Index2 # 724 52nd
Median Household Income # 567 63rd
Per Capita Income # 399 74th

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