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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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
Scotts Valley is a town in California with a population of 11,892. Scotts Valley is in Santa Cruz County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Scotts Valley offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Scotts Valley there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Scotts Valley and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Scotts Valley are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$717,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,999
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Scotts Valley Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    50
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    350.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,141.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    100
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Scotts Valley

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$101,404
National
$55,322
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Scotts Valley Reviews

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I am a high school senior in Scotts Valley. I have felt very safe growing up here. It is easy to find things to do around Scotts Valley, such as nightlife and beaches in Santa Cruz and proximity to the redwoods of Felton. The education at the public high school is great, and the middle school was recently renovated. Scotts Valley itself also has a handful of job opportunities for young people. I would say that Scotts Valley is a great place for a family to live. I am very happy and thankful for my opportunity to live in Scotts Valley.
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Surrounded by beautiful nature, the hills of trees and wild life everywhere gives this town the most amazing, peaceful atmosphere. I have only been living here for a little over a year, and I have to say it has been such an amazing experience. Small town, population of only around 11,000, however Santa Cruz is about a 10 to 15 minute drive and there are countless actives that one can do there. Not to mention the amazing beaches surrounded all around us!
I have lived in Scotts Valley since I was two and I do not have anything negative to say about it. Scotts Valley is a great small town with a very nice community. The schools around this town are very safe and provide a beneficial education for all kinds of kids. Most of the people I have met have all been very open-minded and kind. There is a mix of conservative and liberal views within this town. It is very close to Santa Cruz, which is a very liberal town. There is not much to do in Scotts Valley, but it is only a ten-minute drive to Santa Cruz where there is a lot more to do, including tons of beaches and activities.
Given that it is this close to the beach and the town is nice, the price to live here is a little higher than average. In Scotts Valley itself, there are not that many job opportunities, but a lot of people commute over the hill to the San Jose area. Overall, Scotts Valley is a great town to grow up and live in.