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Santa Cruz, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Cruz had a population of 64,950 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 64,950
Daytime Population: Workers 41,409
Daytime Population: Residents 31,650
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 73,059
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.12
Population in Households 54,806
Population in Familes 30,938
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,144
Population Density2 5,098
Diversity Index3 66


Median Household Income $65,547
Average Household Income $100,712
Per Capita Income $38,991


Total Housing Units 24,619 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,582 (38.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,371 (54.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,667 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $771,522
Average Home Value $799,007


Total Households 22,952
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 10,601
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 1.11% 0.62%
Households 0.8% 0.72%
Families 0.8% 0.71%
Median Household Income   3.14%
Per Capita Income   2.73%

Santa Cruz, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

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, 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 # 142 91st
Population Density # 237 84th
Diversity Index # 722 52nd
Median Household Income # 552 64th
Per Capita Income # 391 74th

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