Livability Score

69
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities D-

There are not many amenities close to this location.
Coffee (3) F
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Donut Basket
Coffee Shop
Cadillac Cafe
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (5) F
Unknown Name
Theatre Arts
Green Valley Cinema 8
Cinema
William H Volck Museum
Museum
Watsonville Auditorium
Theatre Arts
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Museum
Agricultural History Project Center and Museum
Museum
Crystal Bay Farm
Attraction
Campfire Center
Theatre Arts
Food and Drink (18) F
Del Taco
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Panda Express
Fast Food
Unknown Name
Fast Food
Wendy's
Fast Food
Burger King
Fast Food
Little Caesars
Fast Food
KFC
Fast Food
Jack in the Box
Fast Food
Wooden Nickle Bar & Grill
Bar
U Save Liquor
Alcohol
Carl's Jr.
Fast Food
Taco Bell
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Burger King
Fast Food
Subway
Fast Food
Wargin Wines
Bar
MYKA Cellars
Bar
Fitness (1) F
Marinovich Community Center
Community Centre
Groceries (5) C-
La Princesa Market
Grocery Store
Bagel Cafe & Bakery
Bakery
Nob Hill Foods
Grocery Store
Don Rafa's
Grocery Store
Safeway
Grocery Store
Farm Fresh Produce
Grocery Store
Parks (66) A+
Starlight Park
Park
Ramsay Park
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Upper Struve Slough
Park
Hope Drive Park
Park
Memorial Pocket Park
Park
Gonzalez Pocket Park
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Peace Drive Park
Park
Callaghan Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Flodberg Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Kearney Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Arista Park
Park
Hazelwood Park
Park
Emmett Courts Park
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Davis Avenue Park
Park
Watsonville Slough
Park
Shops (12) F
Target
Department Store
7-Eleven
Convenience Store
Watsonville Cyclery
Bicycle
Valero
Convenience Store
The Home Depot
Home Improvement
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
Speedway
Convenience Store
7-Eleven
Convenience Store
Big Lots
Department Store
Bridge Street Grocer
Convenience Store
J.C. Nails
Beauty
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
Chevron
Convenience Store
Orchard Park Market
Convenience Store
Four Corner's Market
Convenience Store
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 1.4% take public transportation in Watsonville.
Public Transit Stops (121)
Stops & Stations
A+
Main Street & Pennsylvania Drive
Bus Stop
Main Street & Pennsylvania Drive
Bus Stop
Main Street & Auto Center Drive
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Montebello Drive
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Rosewood Drive
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Terry Loop
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Sherwood Court
Bus Stop
Main Street & Clifford Avenue
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Lassen Way
Bus Stop
Main Street & Ohlone Parkway
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Lassen Way
Bus Stop
Main Street & Rodriguez Street
Bus Stop
Main Street & Rodriguez Street
Bus Stop
Rodriguez Street & Main Street
Bus Stop
Rodriguez Street & Main Street
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Melrose Avenue
Bus Stop
Freedom Boulevard & Portola Circle
Bus Stop
Freedom Boulevard & Miles Lane
Bus Stop
Freedom Boulevard & Marin Street
Bus Stop
Freedom Boulevard & Stanford Street
Bus Stop
Lincoln Street & Prospect Street
Bus Stop
Freedom Boulevard & West High Street
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Crescent Drive
Bus Stop
Rodriguez Street & Ford Street
Bus Stop
Clifford Avenue & Crescent Drive
Bus Stop
Workers Taking Public Transit
1.4%
F
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cost of living F

The cost of living in Watsonville is 131/100 - which is 7% lower than California.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
F
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
F
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crime D-

Watsonville crime rates are 2,448 per 100k, which is 14% lower than California
Property Crime
1,862 crimes per 100k
D+
Violent Crime
586 crimes per 100k
F
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employment C

The median income in Watsonville is $61,496 - which is 4% lower than California.
Med. Household Income
$61,496
C-
Unemployment Rate
5.2%
F
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health A+

There are not many hospitals, police and fire stations,
Health & Safety (9)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
B+
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Unknown Name
Dentist
Watsonville Health Center
Doctor
Joseph W Robb, D.D.S.
Doctor
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Watsonville Fire Department, Station Number 1
Fire Station
Watsonville Fire Station #2
Fire Station
Santa Cruz Ear Nose & Throat Medical Group
Doctor
Watsonville Community Hospital
Hospital
Rite Aid
Pharmacy
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
A+
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housing C+

Watsonville home prices are $500,300 - which is 22% higher than California
Home Price
$500,300
A+
Home Appreciation Rate
28%
A+
Home Affordability
8.1x (home price to income ratio)
F
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schools B

The Watsonville graduation rate is 56% - which is 30% lower than California
School Test Scores
25%
High School Grad. Rates
56%
F
Elementary Schools (28) A+
Cesar E. Chavez Middle
Starlight Elementary
H. A. Hyde Elementary
Landmark Elementary
Moreland Notre Dame School
Radcliff Elementary
Green Valley Christian School
Duncan Holbert
Mintie White Elementary
Rolling Hills Middle
Watsonville Prep
Freedom Elementary
E. A. Hall Middle
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
T. S. Macquiddy Elementary
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
Linscott Charter
Pacific Coast Charter
Ann Soldo Elementary
Amesti Elementary
Pajaro Middle
Lakeview Middle
Calabasas Elementary
Ohlone Elementary
Watsonville Charter School Of The Arts
High Schools (9) B-
Diamond Technology Institute
New School Community Day
Watsonville High
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
Pajaro Valley High
Santa Cruz County Career Advancement Charter
Pacific Coast Charter
St Francis High School Salesian College Prep
Monterey Bay Academy
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ratings B-

Watsonville has an overall rating of 69% from 3 reviews.
User Reviews (1)
From AreaVibes
B-
User Surveys (2)
From AreaVibes
C+
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Watsonville Area Facts

  • Watsonville has a Livability Score of 69/100, which is considered good
  • Watsonville crime rates are 14% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Watsonville is 7% lower than the California average
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Northern California Gem 3.5 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 17, 2015) 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 cities. Watsonville sits on a stretch of some of the most beautiful beaches that Ca ...Read More lifornia has to offer and is without a doubt one of the more affordable options for beach towns in Northern California. Less than an hour away from the bay area and situated right on the beach makes Watsonville a great city to live in if you can find work that doesn't require you to endure a long commute.

There are some drawbacks to the city, as there has been increased gang violence around the city consistently throughout the last decade. The fact that it is so close to Santa Cruz, which is also dramatically increasing in crime, is a growing concern for a great deal of the residents, but there are many neighborhoods and areas that are out of harm's way. Watsonville has become a sort of hub for illegal immigrants who work in and around the area and this can be a positive or negative based on your own individual perspective.

Although Watsonville has experienced an increase in the crime rate, most people that still live there today say they enjoy the charm of the small city, which is situated between a tall mountain range and the Northern California ocean. The beaches near Watsonville are about as close to empty as you can get for this stretch of coast, as the majority of people in the surrounding areas, either stick to Santa Cruz or head to Monterey, California, which is about thirty minutes south of Watsonville. There are certainly a lot of great things about Watsonville. If you can get a job that doesn't involve a long commute and can deal with some nearby gang violence it can be a rewarding place to live.
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D- Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Watsonville? Well, there are not many amenities close to this location.

Parks

Starlight Park
Ramsay Park
Unknown Name
Upper Struve Slough
Hope Drive Park
Memorial Pocket Park
Gonzalez Pocket Park
Unknown Name

Entertainment

Unknown Name
Green Valley Cinema 8
William H Volck Museum
Watsonville Auditorium
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Agricultural History Project Center and Museum
Crystal Bay Farm
Campfire Center

Food & Drink

Del Taco
McDonald's
Panda Express
Unknown Name
Wendy's
Burger King
Little Caesars
KFC

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Watsonville? Of all people who commute, 1.4% take public transportation in Watsonville.
Drive to Work
71%

6% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit
1%

4% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
2%

1% lower than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Watsonville a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Watsonville Community Hospital

Pharmacies

Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid

Doctors

Watsonville Health Center
Joseph W Robb, D.D.S.

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