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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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-
Rio del Mar is a town in California with a population of 9,775. Rio del Mar is in Santa Cruz County. Living in Rio del Mar offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rio del Mar there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Rio del Mar and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Rio del Mar are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$895,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,144
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Rio del Mar 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
    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
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    20%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Rio del Mar

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$100,292
National
$55,322

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Rio del Mar Reviews

2 reviews
Rio Del Mar is a small town with a strong sense of community. Everybody knows everybody, and the town is quiet with fantastic neighbors. There is a range of things to do, such as surfing at the beach, shopping at the mall, or going hiking in the redwoods. At Rio Del Mar there is a hobby for everyone, and you will never get bored. Located in Santa Cruz County, there are big events such as the Arts and Wine Festival, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and the Wharf to Wharf race. This town is perfect to start a family, or even just to enjoy life on your own.
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Aptos is a wonderful, tight-knit, earth-conscious, community-loving neighborhood. The locals look out for each other, and always have a smile ready. I love where I live, and wish I could stay here forever.