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Best Places To Live In Santa Cruz, CA

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  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 63,310
  • Watch out for the local police! We were pulled over turning out of the Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort for tinted windows by a cop in training... ruined our weekend. Then my husband was arrested due to a…[read more]
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • Los Gatos, CA
  • City: 18.5mi / 29.7km away
  • Population: 30,491
  • My husband and I moved here with our two sons in 2000. We came from West San Jose. Our WSJ home had Cupertino schools, but ZERO charm. So the schools were a HUGE draw for us. We love the friendly "small…[read more]
83
  • Monte Sereno, CA
  • City: 18.6mi / 29.9km away
  • Population: 3,514
81
  • Cambrian Park, CA
  • City: 20.3mi / 32.7km away
  • Population: 3,259
77
  • Almaden Valley, San Jose, CA
  • Neighborhood: 19.4mi / 31.3km away
  • Population: 41,132
77
  • Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA
  • Neighborhood: 20.9mi / 33.7km away
  • Population: 71,889
  • I have lived in the Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA neighborhood for less than a year. However, I have seen enough to know that it is one of the best neighborhoods where I have lived. It ranks in the top…[read more]
75
  • Scotts Valley, CA
  • City: 5.8mi / 9.3km away
  • Population: 11,824
  • Scotts valley is to much of an expensive place to live. Not to mention the lack of full time jobs around. Probably 75% of people I know work over in San Jose and have to drive 40 minuets there and back…[read more]
74
  • Rio del Mar, CA
  • City: 8.4mi / 13.5km away
  • Population: 9,731
73
  • Felton, CA
  • City: 5.1mi / 8.3km away
  • Population: 3,582
73
  • Aptos, CA
  • City: 8.0mi / 12.8km away
  • Population: 5,842
73
  • Seacliff, CA
  • City: 6.5mi / 10.4km away
  • Population: 3,364
73
  • Capitola, CA
  • City: 4.5mi / 7.2km away
  • Population: 10,109
  • I have made my home in Capitola for awhile now, and I couldn't imagine a better place to live. Capitola is a port city near Santa Cruz and has a busy boating community. It also has an artistic collection…[read more]
72
  • Pleasure Point, CA
  • City: 3.7mi / 6.0km away
  • Population: 6,155
72
  • Pasatiempo, CA
  • City: 2.1mi / 3.3km away
  • Population: 1,288
72
  • Moss Landing, CA
  • City: 18.0mi / 29.0km away
  • Population: 118
70
  • Pajaro Dunes, CA
  • City: 8.6mi / 13.8km away
  • Population: 211
70
  • Soquel, CA
  • City: 5.1mi / 8.2km away
  • Population: 10,912
  • As a resident living in Soquel, California for the last five years, I can give this place my seal of approval. It isn't a flashy, high-profile place and that's just the way we all liked it. The people…[read more]
69
  • Brookdale, CA
  • City: 10.0mi / 16.1km away
  • Population: 2,446
68
  • Lexington Hills, CA
  • City: 13.0mi / 20.9km away
  • Population: 2,617
67
  • Blossom Valley, San Jose, CA
  • Neighborhood: 22.0mi / 35.5km away
  • Population: 70,687
  • My family and I have lived in the San Jose, California neighborhood known as "Blossom Valley" for the past nine years. This quaint neighborhood is situated in southern San Jose, California east of the…[read more]
67
  • La Selva Beach, CA
  • City: 11.0mi / 17.7km away
  • Population: 2,633
67
  • Paradise Park, CA
  • City: 2.2mi / 3.6km away
  • Population: 530
66
  • Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA
  • Neighborhood: 22.2mi / 35.7km away
  • Population: 55,095
66
  • Boulder Creek, CA
  • City: 12.1mi / 19.5km away
  • Population: 4,442
66
  • Live Oak, CA
  • City: 3.1mi / 5.0km away
  • Population: 17,749
  • Living in Live Oak, CA is similar to living in a commercial for one of those outdoor enthusiast store's television commercials. If you enjoy hunting or winter activities you have the Sutter Buttes within…[read more]
65
  • Ben Lomond, CA
  • City: 7.7mi / 12.5km away
  • Population: 6,573
62
  • Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, CA
  • City: 11.9mi / 19.1km away
  • Population: 2,288
61
  • Day Valley, CA
  • City: 10.4mi / 16.8km away
  • Population: 3,739
61
  • Twin Lakes, CA
  • City: 2.6mi / 4.1km away
  • Population: 5,378
60
  • Pescadero, CA
  • City: 26.6mi / 42.8km away
  • Population: 1,040
59
  • Bonny Doon, CA
  • City: 7.4mi / 11.8km away
  • Population: 3,117
58
  • Corralitos, CA
  • City: 13.6mi / 21.9km away
  • Population: 2,557
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  • Pajaro, CA
  • City: 17.0mi / 27.3km away
  • Population: 3,524
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  • Lompico, CA
  • City: 9.7mi / 15.7km away
  • Population: 902
56
  • Watsonville, CA
  • City: 15.1mi / 24.3km away
  • Population: 52,915
  • I have lived in Watsonville, California for several years in the past. Watsonville lies just East of Santa Cruz on the Northern California coast and is typically a lot cheaper than the surrounding…[read more]
56
  • Davenport, CA
  • City: 9.4mi / 15.2km away
  • Population: 310
55
  • Zayante, CA
  • City: 7.9mi / 12.7km away
  • Population: 941
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  • Elkhorn, CA
  • City: 20.8mi / 33.5km away
  • Population: 1,091
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  • Live Oak city, CA
  • City: 3.1mi / 5.0km away
  • Population: 8,501
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  • Freedom, CA
  • City: 13.4mi / 21.6km away
  • Population: 2,774
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  • Amesti, CA
  • City: 14.0mi / 22.6km away
  • Population: 3,205
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  • Mount Hermon, CA
  • City: 5.4mi / 8.7km away
  • Population: 993
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  • Interlaken, CA
  • City: 16.5mi / 26.6km away
  • Population: 6,738
48
  • Castroville, CA
  • City: 21.3mi / 34.2km away
  • Population: 6,978
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  • Las Lomas, CA
  • City: 18.3mi / 29.4km away
  • Population: 3,047

Listed above are the best places to live in Santa Cruz, CA for 2021. The list of best places is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Displayed first is the matching location - Santa Cruz, CA, followed by the best places to live near Santa Cruz, CA, sorted by Livability Score.

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