Santa Cruz County, California Population 2022

Santa Cruz County, California's estimated population is 272,557 with a growth rate of 0.31% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Santa Cruz County, California is the 25th largest county in California. The 2010 Population was 262,382 and has seen a growth of 3.88% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18506430.00%
18604,9444,301668.90%
18708,7433,79976.84%
188012,8024,05946.43%
189019,2706,46850.52%
190021,5122,24211.63%
191026,1404,62821.51%
192026,2691290.49%
193037,43311,16442.50%
194045,0577,62420.37%
195066,53421,47747.67%
196084,21917,68526.58%
1970123,79039,57146.99%
1980188,14164,35151.98%
1990229,73441,59322.11%
2010262,38232,64814.21%
2011263,2308480.32%
2012264,0788480.32%
2013264,9268480.32%
2014265,7748480.32%
2015266,6228480.32%
2016267,4708480.32%
2017268,3188480.32%
2018269,1668480.32%
2019270,0148480.32%
2020270,8618470.31%
2021271,7098480.31%
2022272,5578480.31%
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Santa Cruz County, California Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White195,78171.67%
Black or African American3,4721.27%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,7080.63%
Asian13,5634.97%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4840.18%
Some Other Race38,97814.27%
Two or More Races19,1847.02%
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Santa Cruz County, California Population by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Population Pyramid 2022

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Santa Cruz County, California Median Age

38.2


Total

37.3


Male

39.3


Female

Santa Cruz County, California Adults

There are 220,884 adults, (44,913 of whom are seniors) in Santa Cruz County, California.

Santa Cruz County, California Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

25.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Cruz County, California Sex Ratio

Female

137,937

50.49%

Male

135,233

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
Married74.3%25.7%
All60.3%39.7%
Non Family48.1%51.9%
Male47.3%52.7%
Female44.9%55.1%

60.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Cruz County, California Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All96,2752.760.3
Married46,2973.3174.3
Male4,8553.7347.3
Female9,7183.5744.9
Non Family35,4051.5248.1

3.22

Average Family Size

2.7

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 Grade14,7378.17%
9th to 12th Grade6,3943.55%
High School Graduate28,14115.60%
Some College40,39022.39%
Associates Degree15,2588.46%
Bachelors Degree43,99024.39%
Graduate Degree31,44517.44%
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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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Race Total High School Bachelors
White116,118113,46360,532
Asian8,0967,5374,182
2+ Races9,9838,8043,438
Black2,0221,814651
Native American1,2201,041326
Islander38234893
Hispanic49,56831,8037,794
Other Race21,23111,3691,857

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.71%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 52.13%.

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$48,188$56,218$40,010
Less Than 9th Grade$23,851$27,964$19,059
High School Graduate$32,875$39,455$26,858
Some College$41,992$52,576$34,151
Bachelors Degree$66,855$81,791$54,057
Graduate Degree$83,642$102,786$70,517

$48,188

Average Earnings

$56,218

Average Male

$40,010

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

67.60% of Santa Cruz County, California residents speak only English, while 32.40% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.77% 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
Native1,62131719.56%
Asian10,7071,94318.15%
Hispanic88,26713,35615.13%
Islander4666814.59%
White151,08514,6799.72%
Black2,9752819.45%
Other6,964NaN%
Multiple18,1331,6409.04%

11.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.91%

Male Poverty Rate

12.90%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Cruz County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Native, with 19.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Multiple, with 9.04% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.42%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.08%.

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade18.06%
High School14.31%
Some College9.27%
Bachelors or Greater4.11%

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.77%
Male Unemployed24.32%
Female Employed9.46%
Female Unemployed17.71%

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$89,986$123,689
Families$109,931$142,878
Married Families$129,683$160,860
Non Families$54,031$82,421
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Income by Household Type

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.0%

Male Marriage Rate

42.2%

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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10,391

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,100
First Gulf War1,376
Vietnam4,794
Korea907
World War II381

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34526
35 to 541,481
55 to 641,530
65 to 743,416
75+3,438

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9,0875.56%
Black1706.07%
Native American725.11%
Asian2752.23%
Other Race4201.55%
2+ Races3672.81%
Hispanic1,4262.22%

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

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6.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

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64.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.4%

Employment Rate

6.1%

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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60.99%

Born in Santa Cruz County, California

82.47%

Native Born

17.53%

Foreign Born

10.10%

Non Citizen

7.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.47% of Santa Cruz County, California residents were born in the United States, with 60.99% having been born in California. 10.10% 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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