Santa Cruz County, California Population 2021

Santa Cruz County, California's estimated population is 271,957 with a growth rate of -0.23% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Santa Cruz County, California is the 26th largest county in California. The 2010 Population was 263,147 and has seen a growth of 3.35% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth 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%
2015273,5032,6420.98%
2014270,8612,0450.76%
2013268,8162,4760.93%
2012266,3401,4820.56%
2011264,8581,7110.65%
2010263,14733,41314.54%
1990229,73441,59322.11%
1980188,14164,35151.98%
1970123,79039,57146.99%
196084,21917,68526.58%
195066,53421,47747.67%
194045,0577,62420.37%
193037,43311,16442.50%
192026,2691290.49%
191026,1404,62821.51%
190021,5122,24211.63%
189019,2706,46850.52%
188012,8024,05946.43%
18708,7433,79976.84%
18604,9444,301668.90%
18506430.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-0.23%
County Website
County Seat
2010 Population
263,147
Growth (since 2010)
3.35%
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Santa Cruz County, California Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White204,86674.78%
Some Other Race38,13013.92%
Asian13,1344.79%
Two or More Races13,0864.78%
Black or African American2,9041.06%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5050.55%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3370.12%
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Santa Cruz County, California Population by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Population Pyramid 2021

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Santa Cruz County, California Median Age

37.8


Total

36.9


Male

39


Female

Santa Cruz County, California Adults

There are 220,841 adults, (43,155 of whom are seniors) in Santa Cruz County, California.

Santa Cruz County, California Age Dependency

54.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Cruz County, California Sex Ratio

Female

138,328

50.49%

Male

135,634

49.51%

Santa Cruz County, California Population by Age

Santa Cruz County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Santa Cruz County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.3%26.7%
All60.1%39.9%
Non Family49%51%
Male48.1%51.9%
Female42.2%57.8%

60.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Cruz County, California Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All95,8182.7260.1
Married46,4743.3773.3
Non Family35,1811.5149
Female9,9113.5642.2
Male4,2523.7948.1

3.26

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

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Santa Cruz County, California Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,1708.98%
9th to 12th Grade8,4234.68%
High School Graduate27,93315.52%
Some College38,32421.29%
Associates Degree15,6398.69%
Bachelors Degree42,81923.79%
Graduate Degree30,69217.05%
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Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White116,629113,41259,384
Hispanic49,04128,5517,123
Other Race21,05210,0831,664
Asian7,9197,2904,112
Multiple Races6,5075,8882,461
Black1,8621,626755
Native American1,108929375
Islander25725091

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 97.28%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 51.93%.

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,646$51,857$35,570
Less Than High School$23,097$26,204$19,014
High School Grad$30,944$35,249$25,956
Some College$41,044$52,235$31,588
Bachelors Degree$61,665$78,221$47,885
Graduate Degree$78,491$103,512$65,066

$43,646

Average Earnings

$51,857

Average Male

$35,570

Average Female

Santa Cruz County, California Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Cruz County, California Language by Age

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Santa Cruz County, California Language

67.87% of Santa Cruz County, California residents speak only English, while 32.13% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.95% of the population.

Santa Cruz County, California Language

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White152,75316,24210.63%
Hispanic88,29814,76216.72%
Other36,9396,00916.27%
Asian10,2982,00219.44%
Multiple12,0951,23610.22%
Black2,55352420.52%
Native1,46624216.51%
Islander3146420.38%

13.13%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.10%

Male Poverty Rate

14.13%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Cruz County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Black, with 20.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Multiple, with 10.22% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.11%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.00%.

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.45%
High School14.07%
Some College10.52%
Bachelors or Greater4.61%

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed26.13%
Male Unemployed26.13%
Female Employed9.78%
Male Employed7.17%

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Cruz County, California Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$82,234$115,265
Families$102,708$133,583
Married Families$117,514$149,845
Non Families$49,918$76,670
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Income by Household Type

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.9%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Married by Age and Sex

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Santa Cruz County, California Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status by Race

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Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

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10,208

Number of Veterans

9,609

Male Veterans

599

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,450
First Gulf War1,292
Second Gulf War1,105
Korea928
World War II448

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+3,296
65 to 743,275
35 to 541,578
55 to 641,504
18 to 34555

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9,1325.41%
Hispanic1,1671.83%
2 or More3153.48%
Asian2922.44%
Other2590.97%
Black1435.92%
Indian604.98%
Hawaiian72.15%

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

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7.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.72%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

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63.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.1%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Employment by Age

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Santa Cruz County, California Employment by Race

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Santa Cruz County, California 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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61.13%

Born in California

82.21%

Native Born

17.79%

Foreign Born

10.62%

Non Citizen

7.16%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.21% of Santa Cruz County, California residents were born in the United States, with 61.13% having been born in California. 10.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Santa Cruz County, California Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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