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Welcome to Watsonville ...

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Watsonville has a population of 53,856 people<2> (see below for details).

Watsonville was incorporated March 30, 1868.

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

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

Watsonville is located in the (831) area code.

The ZIP codes for Watsonville: 95076-95077<4>

Websites for Watsonville ...

Official Website: www.ci.watsonville.ca.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Watsonville had an population of 53,856 people. This is an increase of 5.19% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 21.67% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Watsonville had a population of 51,199 people (or 19.51% of the total population of Santa Cruz County). This makes Watsonville the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Watsonville represents 0.14% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 167th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 51,199 people, the population of Watsonville increased 15.66% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 44,265 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Watsonville.

Communities Also Named Watsonville ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 7 communities that are also named Watsonville - they are located in Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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

Communities near Watsonville ...

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

  • Salinas [Monterey County]
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    • Salinas [Monterey County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the south of Watsonville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 155,465 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salinas
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salinas<6>
  • Santa Cruz [Santa Cruz County]
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    • Santa Cruz [Santa Cruz County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the west of Watsonville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 64,608 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Cruz
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Cruz<6>
  • Gilroy [Santa Clara County]
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    • Gilroy [Santa Clara County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Watsonville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 59,032 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilroy
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilroy<6>
  • Morgan Hill [Santa Clara County]
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    • Morgan Hill [Santa Clara County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the north of Watsonville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 45,952 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morgan Hill
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morgan Hill<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Marina [Monterey County]
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      • Marina [Monterey County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the south of Watsonville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 22,781 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marina
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marina<6>
    • Scotts Valley [Santa Cruz County]
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      • Scotts Valley [Santa Cruz County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Watsonville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,757 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotts Valley<6>
    • Capitola [Santa Cruz County]
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      • Capitola [Santa Cruz County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Watsonville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,010 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Capitola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Capitola<6>
    • San Juan Bautista [San Benito County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Juan Bautista
      • San Juan Bautista [San Benito County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the east of Watsonville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,104 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Juan Bautista
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Juan Bautista<6>
    • Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
      • Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley [Santa Cruz County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the northwest of Watsonville
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    • Corralitos [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 Watsonville. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Watsonville.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Watsonville. 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 Watsonville.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Watsonville. Our list includes 21 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Watsonville.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Watsonville ...

Looking for more information about Watsonville? 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 Watsonville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Watsonville.

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About Santa Cruz County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Watsonville: www.ci.watsonville.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>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>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Watsonville.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watsonville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<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 Watsonville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Watsonville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Watsonville includes: 95076 & 95077.
<5>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- Watsonville) 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 Watsonville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Watsonville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watsonville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9116, Longitude: -121.7584    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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