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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 11,900. 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
$789,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,989
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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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
    84.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    8.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    261.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    858.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 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
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Scotts Valley

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,086
National
$55,322
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Scotts Valley Reviews

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Scott’s Valley is located near the beach, near the redwood forests, near the mountains, near the city, and still does its best to have that small town feel. Scott’s Valley has ample opportunities. It is safe and very welcoming. The people are extremely friendly and very quick to help their neighbors out.
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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.
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!