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Santa Cruz
  • Town in California

Report Card

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

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Santa Cruz is a town in California with a population of 64,522. Santa Cruz is in Santa Cruz County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Santa Cruz offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Santa Cruz there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Santa Cruz and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Santa Cruz are highly rated.

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Real Estate

Median Home Value
$854,200
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$1,889
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    416.8
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    0
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    44.4
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    134.8
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    533.2
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    3,620.7
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    338.6
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    31%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    national  12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    national  12%

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