Watsonville, California Population 2020

54,178

Watsonville is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 54,178, it is the 171st largest city in California and the 730th largest city in the United States. Watsonville is currently growing at a rate of 0.24% annually and its population has increased by 5.82% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,199 in 2010. Spanning over 7 miles, Watsonville has a population density of 8,101 people per square mile.

The average household income in Watsonville is $70,811 with a poverty rate of 16.40%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,384 per month, and the median house value is $434,900. The median age in Watsonville is 30.3 years, 29.1 years for males, and 31.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 105.7 males.

Watsonville Demographics

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

  • White: 53.54%
  • Other race: 40.96%
  • Asian: 2.52%
  • Two or more races: 1.65%
  • Native American: 0.73%
  • Black or African American: 0.54%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Watsonville, California is 54,178, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 53,920.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,199.

Watsonville, California Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020272,555-850-0.31%
2019273,405-850-0.31%
2018274,255-850-0.31%
2017275,1054030.15%
2016274,7029720.35%
2015273,7302,6950.98%
2014271,0352,0950.77%
2013268,9402,5240.94%
2012266,4161,5340.58%
2011264,8821,7150.65%
2010263,1670.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White28,70753.54%
Some Other Race21,95940.96%
Asian1,3512.52%
Two or More Races8871.65%
American Indian and Alaska Native3930.73%
Black or African American2920.54%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander270.05%

Watsonville Population Pyramid 2020

Watsonville Median Age

30.3


Total

29.1


Male

31.3


Female

Watsonville Adults

There are 37,255 adults, (5,119 of whom are seniors) in Watsonville.

Watsonville Age Dependency

66.8

Age Dependency Ratio

15.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Watsonville Sex Ratio

Female

26,067

48.62%

Male

27,549

51.38%

Watsonville Households and Families

Watsonville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Watsonville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married50.9%49.1%
All42.2%57.8%
Non Family41%59%
Male28.9%71.1%
Female23.7%76.3%

42.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All14,4553.6842.2
Married7,6934.3250.9
Non Family3,0541.3341
Female2,5464.3323.7
Male1,1624.2428.9

4.13

Average Family Size

3.68

Average Household Size

8.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Watsonville Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9,25730.02%
9th to 12th Grade3,19410.36%
High School Graduate7,79225.27%
Some College5,34017.32%
Associates Degree1,7365.63%
Bachelors Degree2,4417.92%
Graduate Degree1,0763.49%

Watsonville Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic23,20511,2371,393
Other Race11,8575,230427
White6,1625,8711,643
Asian1,171962378
Multiple Races63343052
Native American22616029
Black16813482
Islander2727

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 48.81%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,192$30,520$24,404
Less Than High School$21,348$24,606$17,351
High School Grad$26,208$26,517$25,810
Some College$32,245$42,620$28,810
Bachelors Degree$59,722$79,688$44,375
Graduate Degree$64,330$78,846$62,784

$27,192

Average Earnings

$30,520

Average Male

$24,404

Average Female

Watsonville Language

Watsonville Language by Age

Watsonville Language

24.32% of Watsonville residents speak only English, while 75.68% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 72.47% of the population.

Watsonville Poverty

Watsonville Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic43,5207,97818.33%
Other21,8603,69616.91%
White7,8655887.48%
Multiple88717219.39%
Asian1,3471208.91%
Native393205.09%
Black27462.19%

16.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.15%

Male Poverty Rate

17.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watsonville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watsonville is Multiple, with 19.39% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watsonville is Black, with 2.19% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.88%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.11%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.37%
High School11.92%
Some College7.35%
Bachelors or Greater2.89%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed26.46%
Female Unemployed15.64%
Female Employed12.50%
Male Employed7.98%

Watsonville Income

Watsonville Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,001$70,811
Families$55,887$73,145
Married Families$63,892-
Non Families$27,821$51,585

Watsonville Marital Status

Watsonville Marital Status

Marriage Rates

47.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.6%

Male Marriage Rate

45.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Watsonville Married by Age and Sex

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 55-64.

Watsonville Marital Status by Race

Watsonville Veterans

1,062

Number of Veterans

1,010

Male Veterans

52

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam358
Second Gulf War192
Korea158
First Gulf War146
World War II121
Age Group Veterans
75+362
65 to 74214
35 to 54203
55 to 64161
18 to 34122
Name Veterans % of Total
White7753.86%
Hispanic4081.42%
Other1250.85%
Asian564.46%
2 or More528.00%
Black4216.54%
Indian125.31%

$Watsonville Veterans by Education

2.50%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watsonville Employment Status

67.4%

Labor Force Participation

61.7%

Employment Rate

8.2%

Unemployment Rate

Watsonville Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

56.23%

Born in California

63.25%

Native Born

36.75%

Foreign Born

26.20%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

63.25% of Watsonville residents were born in the United States, with 56.23% having been born in California. 26.20% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202054,1781290.24%
201954,0491290.24%
201853,920-17-0.03%
201753,9371290.24%
201653,8082600.49%
201553,5485731.08%
201452,9755551.06%
201352,4205351.03%
201251,8853010.58%
201151,5843130.61%
201051,2717,0061.48%
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%