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A+ Watsonville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Watsonville Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than California
12929% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Watsonville cost of living
F Watsonville Crime Total crime is 26% higher than California
Total crime
3,70534% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2734% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Watsonville crime
D- Watsonville Employment Household income is 22% lower than California
Median household income
$49,48711% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,39842% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%23% higher than the US average
Watsonville employment
D Watsonville Housing Home value is 12% lower than California
Median home value
$361,00095% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,28535% higher than the US average
Home ownership
40%38% lower than the US average
Watsonville real estate or Watsonville rentals
F Watsonville Schools HS graduation rate is 30% lower than California
High school grad. rates
56%33% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%55% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Watsonville K-12 schools or Watsonville colleges

Living in Watsonville, CA

Watsonville is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 52,915 inhabitants. Watsonville has a population density of 7,912 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Watsonville identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 72% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Watsonville residents is 30.

Living in Watsonville can be a good experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, you can easily compare the best places to live in Watsonville and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Watsonville to California and the national average.

With a livability score of 58 out of 100, Watsonville is ranked #25,558 in the United States and #1,149 in California. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Watsonville may not be a pleasant experience. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Watsonville scores well for amenities (A+) and weather (B-). The bad news for Watsonville, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (D-), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Watsonville, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Watsonville: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Skydive Surfcity -Santa Cruz, and Mount Madonna Center.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Watsonville is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Watsonville come in at $361,000, which is 11.8% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Watsonville, the home price to income ratio is 7.3, which is 14.1% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Watsonville area were 6.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.9%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Watsonville, CA Livability To Other Cities

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Northern California Gem

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 California 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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