Santa Cruz, CA Profile: Facts & Data


Santa Cruz Local Links & Resources:
Hotels | Resources | ALL Santa Cruz Content

Also See: Santa Cruz, CA ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

Santa Cruz, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Cruz had a population of 64,956 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Santa Cruz: City of the Holy Cross, Newport of California, Newport of the Pacific, Surf City, Swantacruz.

Jump to... (On This Page!)
  1. Santa Cruz 2018 Demographic Data
  2. Growth Rates for Santa Cruz (Historical & 5-Year Forecast)
  3. Peer Comparisons (Rank and Percentile)
  1. Neighborhoods Demographics (Home Values, Household Income, etc.)
  2. California Research Tools (Easy Tools & Current Data)
  3. California Data Comparison Tool - 2018 Demographics

Research a California Address and get...

Boundary Maps, Demographic Data, School Zones Review maps and data for the neighborhood, city, county, ZIP Code, and school zone. July 1, 2018, data includes home values, household income, percentage of homes owned, rented or vacant, etc.


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


Total Population 64,956
Population in Households 54,639
Population in Familes 31,400
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,317
Population Density2 5,099
Diversity Index3 66


Median Household Income $69,893
Average Household Income $105,077
Per Capita Income $40,122


Total Housing Units 24,286 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,652 (39.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,050 (53.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,584 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $859,020
Average Home Value $933,925


Total Households 22,702
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 10,491
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.98% 0.56%
Households 0.57% 0.59%
Families 0.58% 0.59%
Median Household Income   3.32%
Per Capita Income   3.33%

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, 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 # 141 91st
Population Density # 236 84th
Diversity Index # 725 52nd
Median Household Income # 537 65th
Per Capita Income # 405 73rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.

Quick & Easy Ways to...

  1. Get Current Demographic Data for Cities, Towns, and ZIP Codes
  2. View Boundary Maps, for Cities, Towns, and ZIP Codes
  3. Locate Physical, Cultural, and Historical Features
  4. Research Public Schools & Attendance Zones

California Census Data Comparison Tool

Compare California July 1, 2018 Data
Highest or Lowest: