Santa Cruz County CA Information


Santa Cruz County Subdivisions

Santa Cruz County CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 278,575
Daytime Population: Workers 126,783
Daytime Population: Residents 138,523
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 265,306
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.95
Population in Households 265,149
Population in Familes 196,020
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,426
Population Density2 626
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $72,335
Average Household Income $105,153
Per Capita Income $38,715


Total Housing Units 109,084 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 55,480 (50.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 43,665 (40.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,939 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $686,294
Average Home Value $730,341


Total Households 99,145
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 60,673
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 0.83% 0.63%
Households 0.69% 0.63%
Families 0.68% 0.63%
Median Household Income   2.33%
Per Capita Income   2.5%


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, 2017 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 # 24 60th
Population Density # 10 84th
Diversity Index # 32 47th
Median Household Income # 13 79th
Per Capita Income # 9 86th

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