Watsonville, California Population 2021

53,818
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Watsonville is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 53,818, it is the 170th largest city in California and the 731st largest city in the United States. Watsonville is currently declining at a rate of -0.04% annually but its population has increased by 5.12% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,199 in 2010. Watsonville reached it's highest population of 53,919 in 2017. Spanning over 7 miles, Watsonville has a population density of 8,047 people per square mile.

The average household income in Watsonville is $73,024 with a poverty rate of 14.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,409 per month, and the median house value is $464,200. The median age in Watsonville is 30.6 years, 29.2 years for males, and 31.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 103.7 males.

Watsonville Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Watsonville was:

  • White: 50.81%
  • Other race: 42.60%
  • Asian: 3.18%
  • Two or more races: 1.67%
  • Black or African American: 0.89%
  • Native American: 0.80%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Watsonville, California is 53,818, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 53,875.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,199.

Watsonville, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021271,957-628-0.23%
2020272,585-628-0.23%
2019273,213-628-0.23%
2018273,841-1,015-0.37%
2017274,8564600.17%
2016274,3968930.33%
2015273,5032,6420.97%
2014270,8612,0450.75%
2013268,8162,4760.92%
2012266,3401,4820.56%
2011264,8581,7110.65%
2010263,1470.00%

Watsonville Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White27,33650.81%
Some Other Race22,91942.60%
Asian1,7123.18%
Two or More Races8971.67%
Black or African American4770.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native4280.80%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander310.06%
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Watsonville Population by Race

Watsonville Population Pyramid 2021

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Watsonville Median Age

30.6


Total

29.2


Male

31.8


Female

Watsonville Adults

There are 37,497 adults, (5,502 of whom are seniors) in Watsonville.

Watsonville Age Dependency

68.2

Age Dependency Ratio

17.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51

Child Dependency Ratio

Watsonville Sex Ratio

Female

26,406

49.08%

Male

27,394

50.92%

Watsonville Population by Age

Watsonville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Watsonville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married51.6%48.4%
Non Family43.9%56.1%
All43.2%56.8%
Male25.4%74.6%
Female25%75%

43.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Watsonville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All14,7173.6343.2
Married7,5764.3251.6
Non Family3,4471.3943.9
Female2,5944.325
Male1,1004.2825.4

4.13

Average Family Size

3.63

Average Household Size

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Watsonville Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9,09829.01%
9th to 12th Grade3,19210.18%
High School Graduate7,79524.85%
Some College5,75418.35%
Associates Degree1,6705.32%
Bachelors Degree2,5868.25%
Graduate Degree1,2674.04%
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Watsonville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Watsonville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic23,51611,7281,649
Other Race12,7835,676607
White6,2425,9491,709
Asian1,4021,109400
Multiple Races60940528
Black252209103
Native American20915053
Islander3131

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 40.87%.

Watsonville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,531$31,102$25,562
Less Than High School$21,665$25,485$17,913
High School Grad$27,005$27,421$26,586
Some College$32,684$38,152$30,809
Bachelors Degree$59,073$69,717$44,881
Graduate Degree$79,094$92,368$64,918

$28,531

Average Earnings

$31,102

Average Male

$25,562

Average Female

Watsonville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Watsonville Language by Age

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Watsonville Language

25.06% of Watsonville residents speak only English, while 74.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 70.95% of the population.

Watsonville Language

Watsonville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic43,4766,78715.61%
Other22,8033,14013.77%
White7,98192711.62%
Asian1,70717310.13%
Multiple89716918.84%
Native4285913.79%

14.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.31%

Male Poverty Rate

16.34%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watsonville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watsonville is Multiple, with 18.84% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watsonville is Asian, with 10.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.38%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.36%.

Watsonville Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School15.82%
High School13.39%
Some College8.42%
Bachelors or Greater5.11%

Watsonville Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed30.29%
Female Unemployed21.31%
Female Employed11.37%
Male Employed6.61%

Watsonville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Watsonville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,470$73,024
Families$59,087$75,615
Married Families$68,613-
Non Families$27,739$55,160
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Income by Household Type

Watsonville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.4%

Male Marriage Rate

44.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Watsonville Married by Age and Sex

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Watsonville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Watsonville Marital Status by Race

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Watsonville Marital Status

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1,104

Number of Veterans

993

Male Veterans

111

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam433
Second Gulf War184
Korea157
First Gulf War111
World War II100

Watsonville Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+382
65 to 74245
35 to 54177
55 to 64169
18 to 34131

Watsonville Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7934.11%
Hispanic4241.48%
Other1460.95%
Black5714.07%
Asian563.81%
2 or More396.22%
Indian135.37%

Watsonville Veterans by Race

Watsonville Veterans by Education

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5.68%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watsonville Veterans by Education

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67.3%

Labor Force Participation

62%

Employment Rate

7.5%

Unemployment Rate

Watsonville Employment by Age

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Watsonville Employment by Race

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Watsonville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.97%

Born in California

63.98%

Native Born

36.02%

Foreign Born

23.92%

Non Citizen

12.10%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

63.98% of Watsonville residents were born in the United States, with 56.97% having been born in California. 23.92% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Watsonville Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202153,818-19-0.04%
202053,837-19-0.04%
201953,856-19-0.04%
201853,875-44-0.08%
201753,9191450.27%
201653,7742460.46%
201553,5285691.07%
201452,9595471.04%
201352,4125251.01%
201251,8872940.57%
201151,5933150.61%
201051,2787,0131.48%
200044,26513,1663.59%
199031,0997,4372.77%
198023,6629,0934.97%
197014,5691,2760.92%
196013,2931,7211.40%
195011,5722,6352.62%
19408,9375930.69%
19308,3443,3315.23%
19205,0135671.21%
19104,4469182.34%
19003,5281,3795.08%
18902,1493501.79%
18801,7996484.57%
18701,15175311.20%
18603980.00%

Watsonville Population by Year