Santa Cruz's Livability
About Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA is located in Santa Cruz County in the state of California.
The total City Population for Santa Cruz is about 62,714 with about 1,970 people per square mile.
The Average Home Value is $928,827, which is roughly 46% higher than the Average Home Value of $503,143 for the state of California, and roughly 80% higher than the National Average of $188,692.
The Median Income Per Household is about $96,217, which is roughly 26% higher than the Average Median Income Per Household of $71,294 for the state of California, and roughly 40% higher higher than the National Average of $57,518.
Demographic DetailsAverage # of People Per Household: 1.89
Male Population Estimate: 49.1%
Female Population Estimate: 50.9%
Median Age: 29
Male Median Age: 26.1
Female Median Age: 27.2
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NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Santa Cruz specifically.
Average # of Homicides for Santa Cruz County: About 2.92672 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)
Average # of Violent Crimes for Santa Cruz County: About 409.526 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)
Santa Cruz County is about 26% lower than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 30% higher than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
The Unemployment Rate for Santa Cruz is about 7%.
California is ranked #4 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 84.2 out of 100.
Wage PoliciesOverall Wage Policy Score: 66.74
The average living wage for the state of California is $40.83/hr, while the states minimum wage is $13.00/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives California a minimum wage score of 51.89 compared to all other states.
The minimum wage for tipped employees is $13.00/hr, which gives California a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 100 compared to all other states.
The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for California is $260.00, resulting in a UI benefit score of 39.13 compared to all other states.
Worker Protection PoliciesOverall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
✓ California does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
✓ California does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
✓ California does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
✓ California does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
✓ California does provide some form of paid family leave.
✓ California does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X California does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
✓ California does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
✓ California does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X California does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
✓ California does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
✓ California does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
✓ California does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.
Right To Organize PoliciesOverall Right To Organize Score: 70
✓ California does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
✓ California does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
✓ California does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
✓ California does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
✓ California does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
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Additional Location DetailsZip Code(s): 95060, 95061, 95062, 95063, 95064, 95065, 95067 (7 Total Zip Codes)
TimeZone: Pacific (GMT -08:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Average Elevation: 811.8 ft.
Area Code(s): 831