A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$649,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,674
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%

Aptos Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
  • Murder
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$81,180
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Aptos Reviews

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Housing is very expensive throughout Santa Cruz, California especially, making increasingly difficult for families and middle- to lower-income people to live here. Many people commute from here to San Jose/Silicon Valley for work. Some public high school and elementary school teachers do this because of the higher salaries in those areas.
Aside from that, the schools are very decent and students will be successful if they are motivated to learn. The median age of Santa Cruzians and residents of Aptos is over 35, and the local university (UCSC) is in some ways very distinct from the city.
Aptos is small, coastal, and pretty. It is generally a good place for active people who like to have access to a healthy mix of natural environments (if you can afford to live here). Redwood forest and sandy beaches with well-known surf spots are right next to each other. Religiously and ethnically, Aptos is not too diverse; it is mostly white or Christian.
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It is a nice small town with beautiful beaches. The area is quite safe and the houses near the beaches are absolutely beautiful! You will see lots of people walking their dogs and they are often very friendly people.
The weather is beautiful all the time! It stays around 60-70 degrees basically every day with a light breeze! However, we have a serious drought issue. The state of California is expected to only have a year of water left for plants and animals and humans. I have no idea what will happen once the reservoirs dry up.