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Scotts Valley, California - Basic Facts

The City of Scotts Valley had a population of 12,030 as of July 1, 2020. Scotts Valley ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Scotts Valley is located at latitude 37.0511 and longitude -122.0147 in Santa Cruz County. The formal boundaries for the City of Scotts Valley encompass a land area of 4.62 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Santa Cruz County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 561 feet.

The City of Scotts Valley (GNIS ID: 2411844) 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 Scotts Valley is located within Santa Cruz CCD of Santa Cruz County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Scotts Valley: Scott Valley.

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Scotts Valley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 12,030 (100%)
Population in Households 11,744 (97.6%)
Population in Families 9,622 (80.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 286 ( 2.4%)
Population Density 2,605
Diversity Index2 43
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $122,244
Average Household Income $168,311
% of Income for Mortgage4 31%
Per Capita Income $64,931
Wealth Index5 256
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 4,781 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,438 (71.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,152 (24.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 191 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $905,836
Average Home Value $965,042
Housing Affordability Index3 82
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 4,590
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 3,172
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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.37% 0.25%
Households 0.36% 0.26%
Families 0.27% 0.26%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.57%
Owner Occupied HU   0.4%

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Scotts Valley, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Scotts Valley to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 450 70th
Population Density # 519 66th
Median Household Income # 138 91st
Housing Affordability Index # 577 38th
Per Capita Income # 145 91st
Diversity Index # 1153 24th

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