Santa Cruz County, California Population 2023

Santa Cruz County, California's estimated 2023 population is 273,405 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 4.2% since that time.

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Santa Cruz County, California Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Santa Cruz County, California Population by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Population Pyramid 2023

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

55.2

Age Dependency Ratio

25.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Cruz County, California Sex Ratio

Female137,93750.49%
Male135,23349.51%

Santa Cruz County, California Population by Age

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

3.22

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

60.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Santa Cruz County, California Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 81.58%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 43.52%.

Santa Cruz County, California Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$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

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Santa Cruz County, California Language

67.6% of Santa Cruz County, California residents speak only English, while 32.4% 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

rate

13.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.91%

Male Poverty Rate

12.9%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Cruz County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Other, with 23.91% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Cruz County, California is Black, with 9.62% 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

Santa Cruz County, California Poverty Rate by Education

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

Santa Cruz County, California Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

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

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Santa Cruz County, California Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

10,391

Number of Veterans

9,834

Male Veterans

557

Female Veterans

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by War

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Age

count

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Race

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.4%

Employment Rate

6.1%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Cruz County, California Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Santa Cruz County, California Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Santa Cruz County, California Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

61.51%

Born in Santa Cruz County, California

83.17%

Native Born

17.68%

Foreign Born

10.19%

Non Citizen

7.49%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.17% of Santa Cruz County, California residents were born in the United States, with 61.51% having been born in California. 10.19% 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

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