Capitola, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Capitola, California - Basic Facts

The City of Capitola had a population of 10,185 as of July 1, 2018. Capitola 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 Capitola is located at latitude 36.9761 and longitude -121.954 in Santa Cruz County. The formal boundaries for the City of Capitola (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Santa Cruz County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 13 feet.

The City of Capitola (GNIS ID: 2409981) 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 Capitola is located within Santa Cruz CCD of Santa Cruz County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Capitola population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Capitola, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 10,185
Population in Households 10,010
Population in Familes 6,621
Population in Group Qrtrs 175
Population Density1 6,393
Diversity Index2 60


Median Household Income $61,490
Average Household Income $90,463
Per Capita Income $42,045


Total Housing Units 5,582 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,189 (39.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,489 (44.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 904 (16.2%)
Median Home Value $652,751
Average Home Value $726,781


Total Households 4,678
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 2,328
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.32% 0.33%
Households 0.14% 0.23%
Families 0.22% 0.21%
Median Household Income   4.18%
Per Capita Income   4.05%

Capitola, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Capitola to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 489 68th
Population Density # 171 89th
Diversity Index # 828 45th
Median Household Income # 685 55th
Per Capita Income # 369 76th

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