Santa Cruz, CA

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2022 Population
61,367
2.15% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
29.5
1.72% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18.7%
0.0492% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$105,491
9.64% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$1.12M
19.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
31,762
3.65% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Santa Cruz, CA had a population of 61.4k people with a median age of 29.5 and a median household income of $105,491. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Santa Cruz, CA declined from 62,714 to 61,367, a −2.15% decrease and its median household income grew from $96,217 to $105,491, a 9.64% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Santa Cruz, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (61%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (9.89%), Other (Hispanic) (6.99%), White (Hispanic) (6.66%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (6.12%).

None of the households in Santa Cruz, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93% of the residents in Santa Cruz, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Santa Cruz, CA are University of California-Santa Cruz (5,301 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Santa Cruz, CA was $1.12M, and the homeownership rate was 47%.

Most people in Santa Cruz, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Santa Cruz, CA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Santa Cruz, CA is home to a population of 61.4k people, from which 93% are citizens. As of 2022, 12.5% of Santa Cruz, CA residents were born outside of the country (7.66k people).

In 2022, there were 6.17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.4k people) in Santa Cruz, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.07k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.29k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93%
2022 Citizenship
92.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93% of Santa Cruz, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Santa Cruz, CA was 92.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Santa Cruz, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    37.4k ± 1.01k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.07k ± 619
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    4.29k ± 612
21.2%
Hispanic Population
13k people

In 2022, there were 6.17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.4k people) in Santa Cruz, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.07k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.29k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

21.2% of the people in Santa Cruz, CA are hispanic (13k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

12.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
7.66k people
13.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
8.63k people

As of 2022, 12.5% of Santa Cruz, CA residents (7.66k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Santa Cruz, CA was 13.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    662 ± 186
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    357 ± 158
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    209 ± 117

Santa Cruz, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Santa Cruz, CA employs 31.8k people. The largest industries in Santa Cruz, CA are Educational Services (6,495 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,859 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,405 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($105,886), Wholesale Trade ($100,192), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($91,882).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

31.8k
2022 Value
± 1,603
−3.65%
1 Year decline
± 7.23%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Santa Cruz, CA declined at a rate of −3.65%, from 33k employees to 31.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Santa Cruz, CA, are Management Occupations (4,085 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,194 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,181 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Santa Cruz, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

31.8k
2022 Value
± 1,603
−3.65%
1 Year decline
± 7.23%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Santa Cruz, CA declined at a rate of −3.65%, from 33k employees to 31.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Santa Cruz, CA, are Educational Services (6,495 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,859 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,405 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Santa Cruz, CA, though some of these residents may live in Santa Cruz, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$56,345
Median earning men ± $5,472
$33,690
Median earning women ± $2,583

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($116,652), Wholesale Trade ($115,735), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($103,302).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($96,071), Information ($91,711), and Public Administration ($59,702).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Santa Cruz, CA awarded 5,301 degrees. The student population of Santa Cruz, CA in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 9,821 male students and 9,657 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Santa Cruz, CA are White (1,668 and 35.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,381 and 29%), Asian (1,105 and 23.2%), and Two or More Races (365 and 7.68%).

The largest universities in Santa Cruz, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Santa Cruz (5,301 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Santa Cruz, CA are Computer Science (657 and 12.4%), General Psychology (446 and 8.41%), and Business & Managerial Economics (287 and 5.41%).

The median tuition cost in Santa Cruz, CA for a public four year colleges is $11,564 for in-state students and $41,636 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Santa Cruz, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 46.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 12.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 19,478 (50.4% men and 49.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 19,478 students enrolled in Santa Cruz, CA, 50.4% men and 49.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,288 records, of which 49.3% were women and 50.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 607 degrees awarded
  2. 431 degrees awarded
  3. 287 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Santa Cruz, CA was Computer Science with 607 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Santa Cruz, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
5,301 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Santa Cruz with 5,301 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,744 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Santa Cruz, CA, which is 1.07 times more than the 2,557 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,668 degrees mean that there were 1.21 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,381 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($11,564) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,676) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,180) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Santa Cruz, CA was $1.12M in 2022, which is 3.96 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $933,000 to $1.12M, a 19.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Santa Cruz, CA is 47%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Santa Cruz, CA have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Santa Cruz, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Santa Cruz, CA is $105,491. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Santa Cruz, CA was Census Tract 1212 with a value of $169,583, followed by Census Tract 1011 and Census Tract 1202, with respective values of $143,063 and $133,958.

Property

$1.12M
Median Property Value 2022
±$26,113
$10,157
Median Property Taxes
±$742

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Santa Cruz, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Santa Cruz, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

47%
Homeownership
2022
66.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 47% of the housing units in Santa Cruz, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1212
  2. Census Tract 1011
  3. Census Tract 1202

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Santa Cruz, CA was Census Tract 1212 with a value of $169,583, followed by Census Tract 1011 and Census Tract 1202, with respective values of $143,063 and $133,958.

The following map shows all of the places in Santa Cruz, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$105,491
Median Household Income
± $8,328
21.6k
Number of Households
± 1,233

In 2022, the median household income of the 21.6k households in Santa Cruz, CA grew to $105,491 from the previous year's value of $96,217.

The following chart displays the households in Santa Cruz, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Santa Cruz, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (54.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (18.1%)
  3. Walked (10.2%)

In 2022, 54.7% of workers in Santa Cruz, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (18.1%) and those who walked to work (10.2%).

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Santa Cruz, CA have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.97% of the workforce in Santa Cruz, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Santa Cruz, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Santa Cruz, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Santa Cruz, CA (9.76k out of 52.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Santa Cruz, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

96.2% of the population of Santa Cruz, CA has health coverage, with 54.8% on employee plans, 12% on Medicaid, 10% on Medicare, 19% on non-group plans, and 0.332% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Santa Cruz County, CA see 969 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.82% decrease from the previous year (987 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1227 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 115 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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969 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Santa Cruz County, CA

Primary care physicians in Santa Cruz County, CA see an average of 969 patients per year. This represents a 1.82% decrease from the previous year (987 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Santa Cruz County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17.7% under 18 years, 38.4% between 18 and 34 years, 31.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.83%
Uninsured
54.8%
Employer Coverage
12%
Medicaid
10%
Medicare
19%
Non-Group
0.332%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Santa Cruz, CA declined by 9% from 4.21% to 3.83%.

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