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Watsonville, California

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Welcome to Watsonville ...

The city of Watsonville is located in Santa Cruz County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Watsonville has a population of 54,098 people<1> (see below for details).

Watsonville was incorporated March 30, 1868.

The community of Watsonville is 70 feet [21 m] above sea level.<2>.

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

The telephone area code for Watsonville: (831)

The ZIP codes for Watsonville: 95076-95077<3>

Population Details ...

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 total 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).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Watsonville had an population of 54,098 people. This is an increase of 5.66% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 22.21% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Watsonville ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<4>.

Community   2017
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley   [Map]   ---   NW   5 miles [8 km]
Capitola   [Map]   10,180   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Corralitos   [Map]   ---   NW   5 miles [8 km]
Gilroy   [Map]   57,664   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Marina   [Map]   22,145   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
Morgan Hill   [Map]   45,037   N   16 miles [25.7 km]

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

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 Watsonville. 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 Watsonville. 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 Watsonville. Our list includes 21 papers.

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

Websites for Watsonville ...

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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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Santa Cruz County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Watsonville:

The official website for Santa Cruz County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Watsonville.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watsonville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>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.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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, 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 for your convenience: 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     [Map].

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