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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
    B+
Capitola is a town in California with a population of 10,158. Capitola is in Santa Cruz County. Living in Capitola offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Capitola there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Capitola and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Capitola are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$585,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,688
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    137
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    489.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,282.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    313.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Capitola

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,016
National
$55,322
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Capitola Reviews

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Capitola is a friendly and diverse beach community but due to it being within close perimeters of Santa Cruz, the traffic is frequently congested which is quite frustrating for locals. Due to its high pricing in both real estate and high end businesses, it is difficult for those who work locally to manage their living wages when considering how expensive it is to live here. A lot of the real estate is bought out by families living in San Jose and Silicon Valleys as vacation homes and rentals for profit, which has frustrated locals who struggle to get by but want a future for their families and for themselves. Yet despite this persisting issue, Capitola is a gorgeous location and welcoming environment that I am grateful to have been raised in.
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Super safe, and just all around a great place to live. Everyone is super friendly and most people know each other around town. Steps from the beach this little town is full of adventure and will make you feel at home immediately. There is a large focus on healthy and sustainable living, which feeds into the positive energy throughout the town. The only downfall is the price, it is a bit much to live here but if you can afford it, I would highly recommend looking into it.
Capitola is an extremely safe and entertaining town to live in. I live close to the beach, stores, and lots of restaurants! The cost of living is high due to the face that you are always close to the ocean. There is a lot of traffic within the area.