Most Expensive Santa Cruz Neighborhoods
Santa Cruz is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 63,364 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Cruz is the 141st largest community in California.
Santa Cruz home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Santa Cruz real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Santa Cruz is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.83% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Cruz is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Cruz who work in office and administrative support (11.43%), teaching (11.20%) and management occupations (11.06%).
Of important note, Santa Cruz is also a city of artists. Santa Cruz has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Santa Cruz’s character.
Also of interest is that Santa Cruz has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Santa Cruz is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Santa Cruz have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Santa Cruz’s economy is one such example of this.
Not only is Santa Cruz a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Santa Cruz a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Santa Cruz is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Santa Cruz is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Santa Cruz area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Santa Cruz is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.40% of adults in Santa Cruz have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Santa Cruz in 2010 was $29,177, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,708 for a family of four. However, Santa Cruz contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Santa Cruz is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Cruz home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Cruz residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Santa Cruz also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Cruz include German, Irish, English, Italian, European and French.
The most common language spoken in Santa Cruz is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.
|SANTA CRUZ INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||21,015|
|SANTA CRUZ HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||37.47%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||62.53%|
|TYPE OF SANTA CRUZ HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||56.11%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||9.82%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||10.38%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||21.48%|
|SIZE OF SANTA CRUZ HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||2.39%|
|AGE OF SANTA CRUZ HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||10.12%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||33.95%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||35.67%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||20.26%|
|SANTA CRUZ REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$890,819|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$2,104|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $69,000||2.36%|
|$69,001 - $138,000||1.90%|
|$138,001 - $277,000||1.37%|
|$277,001 - $415,000||3.14%|
|$415,001 - $553,000||6.93%|
|$553,001 - $692,000||10.56%|
|$692,001 - $1,038,000||40.78%|
|$1,038,001 - $1,384,000||22.56%|
|PEOPLE OF SANTA CRUZ||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||3.92%|
|5 TO 17||10.07%|
|18 TO 24||30.86%|
|25 TO 34||13.10%|
|35 TO 54||21.74%|
|55 TO 64||11.46%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||8.85%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||92.60%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$61,533|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$29,177|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||24.32%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Education (21.25%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (8.74%)
Public Service (3.18%)
Information Technology (2.16%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||1.86%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.68%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.18%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||5.28%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||5.69%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||20.93%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||German (14.01%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (75.85%)
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