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Time Zone: Santa Cruz County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Santa Cruz is the Seat for Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County is one of the original counties of California and was founded in 1850.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Santa Cruz had a population of 256,218 people. This is an increase of 0.24% since the last Census (which gave a population of 255,602 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Santa Cruz represented 0.75% of the total population of California, making it the state's 22nd most populous county (out of 58 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010262,382+2.65%+2.41% since 2009
2009256,218+0.24%+1.3% since 2008
2008252,929-1.05%+1.12% since 2007
2000255,602The Last Census

More information can be found on the Santa Cruz County Census Page for Santa Cruz County.


Below are some of the communities located in Santa Cruz County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Santa Cruz County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Santa Cruz   56,81054,5934.06% increase  
Watsonville   51,05344,26515.33% increase  
Scotts Valley   11,26611,3851.05% decrease  
Capitola   9,78110,0332.51% decrease  

Websites for Santa Cruz County

Official Website:   www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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