Santa Cruz 61 Below average
Santa Cruz Livability #888 ranked city in California#22,281 ranked city in the USARanks better than 23% of areas
A+ Santa Cruz Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santa Cruz Cost of Living Cost of living is 31% higher than California
Santa Cruz
18383% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Cruz cost of living
F Santa Cruz Crime Total crime is 52% higher than California
Total crime
3,91367% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2667% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-23%Year over year crime is down
Santa Cruz crime
C- Santa Cruz Employment Household income is 2% lower than California
Median household income
$62,47113% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,6396% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Santa Cruz employment
D- Santa Cruz Housing Home value is 73% higher than California
Median home value
$707,600283% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,57666% higher than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
Santa Cruz real estate or Santa Cruz rentals
A- Santa Cruz Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
Santa Cruz K-12 schools
F Santa Cruz User Ratings There are a total of 26 ratings in Santa Cruz
Overall user rating
47% 26 total ratings
User reviews rating
36% 5 total reviews
User surveys rating
52% 21 total surveys
all Santa Cruz poll results

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      Living in Santa Cruz, CA

      Located in the state of California, Santa Cruz is a medium-sized city with a population of 63,310 people. In Santa Cruz, there are 4,969 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 78% of Santa Cruz residents are White, 9% Asian and 1% Black. The median age of all Santa Cruz residents is 29, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. 70% of the people in Santa Cruz (over the age of 15) are married and 61% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Santa Cruz is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Santa Cruz and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Santa Cruz to California and the national average.

      Santa Cruz, CA receives 61 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #910 in California and #21,953 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Santa Cruz has received high marks for amenities (A+), weather (B) and education (B). Santa Cruz does not fare well for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F) and housing (D-). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Santa Cruz has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and Santa Cruz Wharf.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Santa Cruz. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Santa Cruz are affordable. The median home price for Santa Cruz homes is $707,600, which is 72.9% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Santa Cruz, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 11.3, which is 76.6% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Santa Cruz area were 8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9.1%.

      Santa Cruz transportation information

      StatisticSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work56.5%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle9.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk10.3%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home7.2%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Santa Cruz, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).