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.
|Population in Households||54,239|
|Population in Familes||30,654|
|Population in Group Qrtrs||9,753|
|Average Household Size||2.41|
|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)|
|Median Household Income||2.44%|
|Per Capita Income||1.56%|
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.
|Total Population||# 141||91st|
|Population Density1||# 238||84th|
|Diversity Index2||# 724||52nd|
|Median Household Income||# 567||63rd|
|Per Capita Income||# 399||74th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.