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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  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-
Santa Cruz County is located in California with a population of 273,263. Living in Santa Cruz County offers residents a suburban feel and 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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$659,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,552
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Santa Cruz County 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
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    320
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    77
    40.7
  • Robbery
    134.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    531.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,258.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    620.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Santa Cruz County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,663
National
$55,322

Santa Cruz County Reviews

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I love Santa Cruz! I grew up here and got to experience what growing up in a beach town feels like. Santa Cruz has amazing beaches, restaurants, and overall good vibes. Of course, with any town there are some downfalls to living in Santa Cruz. We have a huge homeless population that have nowhere to go and pollute our city. A contribution to this homeless problem is the prices of our homes and rent. The prices on our houses are ridiculous, with places selling from one million to three million, no wonder we have a homeless problem. Other then our devastating homeless problem Santa Cruz is a safe, healthy, and beautiful place to live and to visit. The views are spectacular; for example, looking over the dark blue ocean while standing on west cliff as the sun is setting over the water leaving a glowing, orange-pink sky could be one of the most jaw-dropping moments of your time in California.
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Santa Cruz is full of life and is a great place to live or visit! Right on the beach, Santa Cruz is home to the famous attractions of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Mystery Spots that serve as entertainment among other places in the county! Going form the mountains to the beach in less than ten minutes, residents and visitors find plenty to do and enjoy the coastal paradise!
Born And raised in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is a very unique and special place full of hippies, liberal arts and solid community. Santa Cruz, CA median is much higher than listed on this site almost a million dollars, to purchase a home. The nightlife is great, safety has gone downhill from drugs and the city is unable to deal with these issues. All in all, an amazing place, I personally am moving away after spending 99% of my life here, due to housing costs and social-economic problems.