Santa Cruz County CA Information


Santa Cruz County Subdivisions

Santa Cruz County CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 267,839 (100%)
Population in Households 253,453 (94.6%)
Population in Families 187,496 (70.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 14,386 ( 5.4%)
Population Density 602
Diversity Index2 73


Median Household Income $88,030
Average Household Income $123,412
% of Income for Mortgage4 40%
Per Capita Income $44,163
Wealth Index5 149


Total HU (Housing Units) 106,059 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 55,938 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 39,446 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,675 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $828,709
Average Home Value $910,300
Housing Affordability Index3 61


Total Households 95,384
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 58,230
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.18% 0.16%
Households 0.1% 0.18%
Families 0.07% 0.18%
Median Household Income   2.82%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
Owner Occupied HU   0.18%


Santa Cruz County CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santa Cruz County to the other 58 counties and county equivalents in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 25 59th
Population Density # 10 84th
Median Household Income # 11 83rd
Housing Affordability Index # 5 9th
Per Capita Income # 10 84th
Diversity Index # 32 47th

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