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Welcome to Santa Cruz ...

The coastal city of Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz County 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<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Santa Cruz has a population of 65,021 people<2> (see below for details).

Santa Cruz was incorporated March 31, 1866.

The community of Santa Cruz is 70 feet [21 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Santa Cruz is located in the (831) area code.

The ZIP codes for Santa Cruz: 95060-95065<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Santa Cruz had a population of 59,946 people (which is 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 total 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).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Santa Cruz had an population of 65,021 people. This is an increase of 8.47% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 19.1% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Santa Cruz ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Santa Cruz and not the distance if driven.<5>.

Community   2017
Population
DirDistance
Aptos   [Map]   ---   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Felton   [Map]   ---   NW   5 miles [8 km]
Los Gatos   [Map]   30,724   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
Monte Sereno   [Map]   3,578   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
Mount Hermon   [Map]   ---   NW   5 miles [8 km]
Rio del Mar   [Map]   ---   E   7 miles [11.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Santa Cruz. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Santa Cruz. Our list includes 58 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Santa Cruz:

Websites for Santa Cruz ...

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

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.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Santa Cruz: www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/

The official website for Santa Cruz County: www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Santa Cruz.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Santa Cruz - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Santa Cruz. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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     [Map].

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