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Santa Cruz County
  • County in California

Report Card

grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    grade B minus
  2. Housing
    grade D minus
  3. Nightlife
    grade A
  4. Good for Families
    grade B
  5. Diversity
    grade A
  6. Jobs
    grade C+
  7. Weather
    grade A+
  8. Cost of Living
    grade D minus
  9. Health & Fitness
    grade A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    grade A+
  11. Commute
    grade A minus

editorial

Santa Cruz County is located in California with a population of 273,170. In Santa Cruz County, most residents own their homes. In Santa Cruz County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Santa Cruz County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Santa Cruz County are above average.

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Real Estate

Median Home Value
$787,000
National
$229,800
Median Rent
$1,843
National
$1,096
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    320
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    2.1
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    77
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    134.2
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    531.9
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    3,258.6
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    620.2
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    national  13%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    national  11%

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