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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Aptos is a town in California with a population of 5,775. Aptos is in Santa Cruz County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Aptos offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Aptos there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Aptos and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Aptos are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$745,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,796
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Aptos Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    19%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Aptos

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$84,559
National
$55,322

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Aptos Reviews

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Aptos is a quiet, nice area in Santa Cruz County. Most people here are older (50-60+). I met here 2 people who are between 20 to 40. Rent starts from $1,000 for a room in an old house, with 3-4 roommates. "Normal" room will cost $1,500-$2,000 a month. Limited to no public transportation, and no sidewalks, so you must have a car. It's more for super-rich people, less, for college students. 99% of Cabrillo college students live in Santa Cruz, which is also very expensive. Quality of life here is very very high if you're rich.
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Aptos is a very close knit community. Many people know one another and there is a very apparent community feel. Despite this however the housing market in recent years has become increasingly expensive. The cost to live in this town has grown tremendously and made it hard for some people to continue their lives in this location. Besides this myself, and many others have found ways to make a happy, healthy life here in Aptos.
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.