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Santa Cruz, California

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Welcome to Santa Cruz ...

The coastal city of Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz County<1> and is the County Seat for Santa Cruz County.

When the people of Santa Cruz refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Santa Cruzan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Santa Cruz has a population of 64,608 people<3> (see below for details).

Santa Cruz was incorporated March 31, 1866.

The community of Santa Cruz is 70 feet [21 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The telephone area code for Santa Cruz: (831)

The ZIP codes for Santa Cruz: 95060-95065<5>

Websites for Santa Cruz ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Santa Cruz had an population of 64,608 people. This is an increase of 7.78% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Santa Cruz had a population of 59,946 people (or 22.85% of the total population of Santa Cruz County). This makes Santa Cruz the county's most populous community.

The population of Santa Cruz represents 0.16% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 139th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 59,946 people, the population of Santa Cruz increased 9.81% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 54,593 people).

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

Communities Also Named Santa Cruz ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 7 communities that are also named Santa Cruz - they are located in Arizona (3), New Mexico, Ontario and Texas (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Santa Cruz.

Communities near Santa Cruz ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Santa Cruz.

  • Watsonville [Santa Cruz County]
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    • Watsonville [Santa Cruz County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Santa Cruz
    • Estimated population in 2019: 53,856 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Watsonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Watsonville<7>
  • Los Gatos [Santa Clara County]
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    • Los Gatos [Santa Clara County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the north of Santa Cruz
    • Estimated population in 2019: 30,222 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Los Gatos
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Los Gatos<7>
  • Saratoga [Santa Clara County]
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    • Saratoga [Santa Clara County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the north of Santa Cruz
    • Estimated population in 2019: 30,153 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saratoga
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saratoga<7>
  • Monte Sereno [Santa Clara County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monte Sereno
    • Monte Sereno [Santa Clara County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the north of Santa Cruz
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,427 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monte Sereno
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monte Sereno<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Felton [Santa Cruz County]
    • Mount Hermon [Santa Cruz County]
    • Scotts Valley [Santa Cruz County]
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      • Scotts Valley [Santa Cruz County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the north of Santa Cruz
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,757 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotts Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotts Valley<7>
    • Aptos [Santa Cruz County]
    • Eccles [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Eccles. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<8>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eccles
      • Eccles [Santa Cruz County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the north of Santa Cruz
    • Rio del Mar [Santa Cruz County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Santa Cruz. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Santa Cruz.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Santa Cruz. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Santa Cruz.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Santa Cruz. Our list includes 58 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Santa Cruz.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Santa Cruz ...

Looking for more information about Santa Cruz? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Santa Cruz, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Santa Cruz.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Santa Cruz:

The official website for Santa Cruz County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Santa Cruz, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Santa Cruz refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Santa Cruz may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Santa Cruz.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Santa Cruz - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Santa Cruz). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Santa Cruz or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Santa Cruz includes: 95060, 95061, 95062, 95063, 95064 & 95065.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Santa Cruz) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Santa Cruz. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Santa Cruz

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Santa Cruz. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9797, Longitude: -122.0214    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.






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