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Income/capita 6%
Household income 13%
Unemployment 11%
IndexSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$31,639$31,458$29,829
Median household income$62,471$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$98,558$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$40,763$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$26,531$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$19,080$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate5.2%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level24.1%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Santa Cruz is 6% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Santa Cruz is 13% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz is 11% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Santa Cruz is 59% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $41,643$62,471$124,942
      City
      $42,517$63,783$127,566
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      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 industry8.4%1.2%
      Manufacturing sector9.3%0.7%
      Financial & insurance services2.0%1.9%
      Wholesale & retail services14.3%11.7%
      Public administration3.7%2.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.7%1.1%
      Education, health & social services21.8%40.2%
      Other34.8%33.2%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Lexington Hills, CA2,617$146,726165%
      Corralitos, CA2,557$115,244108%
      Pasatiempo, CA1,288$104,84290%
      Scotts Valley, CA11,824$104,15088%
      Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, CA2,288$102,88586%
      Santa Cruz, CA63,310$62,47113%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Florence-Graham, CA63,390$34,73837%
      Madera, CA63,398$40,03428%
      Eden Prairie, MN63,206$101,09483%
      Montebello, CA63,416$47,51814%
      West Hartford, CT63,187$91,87566%
      Santa Cruz, CA63,310$62,47113%
      Source: The Santa Cruz, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).