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Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$41,594$31,458$29,829
Median household income$86,618$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$126,202$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$54,609$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$33,485$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$21,725$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate4.4%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level20.2%15.8%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Santa Cruz is 39% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Santa Cruz is 57% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz is 6% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Santa Cruz is 33% higher than the national average

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      $57,739 $86,618 $173,236
      $42,517 $63,783 $127,566
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Santa Cruz median earnings by income bracket

      Santa Cruz employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.4%7.4%
      Manufacturing sector9.6%9.6%
      Financial & insurance services1.3%1.3%
      Wholesale & retail services11.1%11.1%
      Public administration3.3%3.3%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.9%2.9%
      Education, health & social services25.0%25.0%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Lexington Hills, CA2,656$202,431265.9%
      Pasatiempo, CA1,226$190,994245.2%
      Corralitos, CA2,260$173,293213.2%
      Day Valley, CA3,414$145,139162.4%
      Paradise Park, CA468$140,673154.3%
      Santa Cruz, CA65,011$86,61856.6%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Harlingen, TX65,028$43,00322.3%
      Wellington, FL64,990$90,92464.4%
      Laguna Niguel, CA65,048$119,608116.2%
      Blaine, MN65,048$86,79656.9%
      Bethesda, MD65,092$172,873212.5%
      Santa Cruz, CA65,011$86,61856.6%
      Source: The Santa Cruz, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).