Watsonville 56 Poor
Watsonville Livability #1,150 ranked city in California#26,078 ranked city in the USARanks better than 10% of areas
A+ Watsonville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Watsonville Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than California
13232% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Watsonville cost of living
F Watsonville Crime Total crime is 2% higher than California
Total crime
2,64313% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3813% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
10%Year over year crime is up
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
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Watsonville K-12 schools
C+ Watsonville User Ratings There are a total of 3 ratings in Watsonville
Overall user rating
68% 3 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
66% 2 total surveys
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      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.

      Watsonville transportation information

      Average one way commute23min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.0%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool14.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.6%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home2.7%5.4%4.6%

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