This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Santa Cruz has a low population density. Santa Cruz is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
Santa Cruz, CA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 8/10 and an overall value of 7/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Santa Cruz has a population density of 4,446, with 55,725 current residents.
Out of the 55,725 current residents, 50% are male and 50% are female. 40% of the residents are married and 60% are single.
- 72% Sun
- 31% Rain
- 0% Snow
57°F average temperature
- 42 years Median home age
- $394,020 Median home price
- -9.68% Home appreciation rate
- 5.92% Annual property tax
As for living in Santa Cruz, the air quality is 95% and the weather, on average, is 72% sunny, 31% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 57°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Santa Cruz, you should know that 43.5% of homes are owned while 50.3% of homes are rented, and 6.2% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $394,020, the median age of homes is 42 years, the annual home appreciation is -9.68% and the annual property tax is 5.92%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)7
When looking at the community of Santa Cruz, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Santa Cruz’s crime rate is 7 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Santa Cruz is 35 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 77.30% Democratic, 19.76% Republican, and 2.93% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:20
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
89%High school diploma
7%Some college or associates degree
17%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Santa Cruz, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 8.90% of residents are unemployed in Santa Cruz (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Santa Cruz residents: 13.2% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 31.87% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.1% are in the customer service field, 23.7% are in the sales field, 0.82% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 7.6% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 6.7% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:20. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 88.82%, 7.18% of residents have an associate’s degree, 26.71% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 17.31% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Santa Cruz, you should be aware that the average commute time is 26 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Santa Cruz have a few different options. 60% of commuters use their own cars, 13% of commuters carpool, 7% of commuters use the transit system, and 6% of residents work from home.