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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Watsonville is a town in California with a population of 53,452. Watsonville is in Santa Cruz County. Living in Watsonville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Watsonville there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Watsonville and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$397,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,325
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Watsonville Rankings

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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
    319.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    33
    40.7
  • Robbery
    91.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    359.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,440
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    640.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    19%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    41%
    13%

Working in Watsonville

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,548
National
$55,322
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Watsonville is a small community, and its mostly known for its agriculture. Watsonville mostly consist of many immigrant, or Hispanics people, so there is a diverse are. One of the biggest festival that happens in Watsonville is its Strawberry Festival. The Strawberry Festivals happens around the summer, and early fall time. The festival brings many interesting foods, rides, and entertainment that the whole family is able to enjoy. Watsonville is also near a beach which many people enjoy, and visits with its friends and family. There are even campgrounds in which you can station yourself to enjoy the beach. Even though Watsonville is small the community is still very inclusive it is still very diverse.
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I have lived in Watsonville for most of my life and I have to say that I like where I live. The only real flaw that Watsonville contains are gangs and violence, however, they are not extreme. Violence in watsonville occurs occasionally. Some locations where it might occur are in schools or in certain areas where gangs are located at. Other than this, watsonville is an awesome place to live. It contains many fun places to visit like the theaters, sport locations involving baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, skateparks, etc, and exiting beaches!
Watsonville has been overall a great place to live. I am a student who spends a lot of time in Santa Cruz. It can be very pricey to live there, so I decided to live in Watsonville. Parts of Watsonville have been known for gang activity, but I have never had a problem in my neighborhood. People are friendly and the price is right. Not much to do, but Santa Cruz is just 20 minutes away!