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Population
274,673
0.19% growth
Median Age
37.4
Median Household Income
$77,613
19.1% growth
Poverty Rate
13.7%
Number of Employees
135,997
2.96% growth
Median Property Value
$712,800
6.66% growth

About the photo: Santa Cruz, CA

Economy

The economy of Santa Cruz County, CA employs 135,997 people. The economy of Santa Cruz County, CA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; and Educational Services, which employ respectively 5.84; 1.44; and 1.42 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Santa Cruz County, CA are Educational Services (17,672), Healthcare & Social Assistance (17,116), and Retail trade (15,670), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,578), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($60,354), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($56,833).

Median household income in Santa Cruz County, CA is $77,613. Males in Santa Cruz County, CA have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,697. The income inequality of Santa Cruz County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.507 which is higher than the national average.

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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Santa Cruz County, CA. In Santa Cruz County, CA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 18-24, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 99 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,046. Monterey County, CA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in California.

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Diversity

Santa Cruz County, CA is home to a population of 274,673 people, from which 89.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Santa Cruz County, CA is composed of 158,100 White residents (57.6%), 92,088 Hispanic residents (33.5%), 13,357 Asian residents (4.86%), 7,437 Two+ residents (2.71%), and 2,744 Black residents (1%). The most common foreign languages in Santa Cruz County, CA are Spanish (65,947 speakers), Chinese (2,774 speakers), and German (1,425 speakers), but compared to other places, Santa Cruz County, CA has a relative high number of Japanese (827 speakers), Spanish (65,947 speakers), and Portuguese (1,067 speakers).

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Education

In 2015 universities in Santa Cruz County, CA awarded 6,684 degrees. The student population of Santa Cruz County, CA is skewed towards females, with 2,919 male students and 3,765 female students. Most students in Santa Cruz County, CA are White (2,959 and 44.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,953 and 29.2%), Asian (965 and 14.4%), and Two or more races (338 and 5.06%). The largest universities in Santa Cruz County, CA by number of graduates are University of California-Santa Cruz (4,674 and 69.9%), Cabrillo College (1,765 and 26.4%), and Five Branches University (116 and 1.74%). The most popular majors in Santa Cruz County, CA are General Psychology (492 and 7.36%), Business & Managerial Economics (263 and 3.93%), and Cellular & Molecular Biology (261 and 3.9%). The median tuition costs in Santa Cruz County, CA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,220 and $37,902 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Santa Cruz County, CA is $712,800, which is 3.48 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $668,300 to $712,800, a 6.66% increase. The homeownership rate of Santa Cruz County, CA is 58.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Santa Cruz County, CA have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Santa Cruz County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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