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Santa Cruz, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Cruz had a population of 64,522 as of July 1, 2019. 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 36.9741 and longitude -122.0308 in Santa Cruz County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santa Cruz 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.

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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Santa Cruz, CA Housing Affordability Index is 47
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Santa Cruz, CA Wealth Index is 130
State of California Wealth Index is 123
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 64,522 (100%)
Population in Households 53,998 (83.7%)
Population in Families 30,584 (47.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 10,524 (16.3%)
Population Density 5,064
Diversity Index2 66
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $74,446
Average Household Income $113,645
Per Capita Income $40,824
Wealth Index4 130

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 23,861 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,462 (43.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,959 (50.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,440 ( 6.0%)
Median Home Value $818,739
Housing Affordability Index3 47
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 22,421
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 10,343
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.8% 0.35%
Households 0.38% 0.39%
Families 0.36% 0.37%
Median Household Income   3.76%
Per Capita Income   3.11%

Santa Cruz, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santa Cruz to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 143 91st
Population Density # 241 84th
Diversity Index # 726 52nd
Median Household Income # 571 63rd
Per Capita Income # 430 72nd

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