Cities in Santa Cruz County, California by Population (2024)

There are 37 cities in Santa Cruz County, California.

Note: As defined by the US Census Bureau, a city's official boundaries often extend miles beyond the city itself and may even cross county lines. As such, several thousand US cities officially exist in two or more counties (and therefore appear on multiple counties' lists of cities.)

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City
Rank
State
2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Palo Alto1California63,63568,385-1.83%2,64624.05
Santa Cruz2California60,71562,885-0.89%4,76612.74
Watsonville3California50,54452,506-0.96%7,4486.79
Los Gatos4California31,37733,427-1.61%2,71611.55
Live Oak5California18,90616,5083.28%5,8303.24
Prunedale6California18,33020,560-2.76%39846.06
Scotts Valley7California11,91112,235-0.68%2,5794.62
Soquel8California10,28910,721-1.04%2,2384.60
Capitola9California9,3959,923-1.39%5,8941.59
Rio Mar10California8,4939,713-2.94%2,8313
Interlaken11California7,9597,596-0.5%8129.80
Ben Lomond12California7,1167,378-0.91%8508.37
Aptos13California6,9836,2452.72%1,0626.58
Boulder Creek14California5,6795,3051.68%7567.51
Pleasure Point15California5,6456,173-2.28%7,5270.75
Twin Lakes16California4,6345,546-4.69%6,7060.69
Felton17California4,1693,1975.95%8984.64
Seacliff18California3,5203,580-0.42%4,8220.73
Freedom19California3,2823,959-1.17%2,8971.13
Day Valley20California3,0903,414-2.55%16718.50
Amesti21California2,8563,240-3.25%9732.93
Bonny Doon22California2,8122,962-0.81%17016.56
Lexington Hills23California2,5182,656-1.33%5344.72
Las Lomas24California2,3003,818-14.15%2,2181.04
La Selva Beach25California2,0962,544-5.07%3965.30
Corralitos26California2,0482,260-2.52%2308.91
Pajaro27California2,0373,509-14.41%2,1930.93
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley28California1,9401,3975.26%2109.26
Elkhorn29California1,4519986.07%3024.80
Pasatiempo30California1,3021,2261.48%1,4630.89
Mount Hermon31California1,0141,394-7.31%1,5600.65
Brookdale32California9631,293-7.85%2503.85
Lompico33California883881-1.56%2613.38
Paradise Park34California6084686.11%2,1870.28
Davenport35California574509-6.21%2022.85
Zayante36California191765-40.5%682.82
Pajaro Dunes37California02350%02.56
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Note: City markers shown outside the county boundary mean that a part of the city extends into this county, but is primarily located in an adjacent county.

What is the largest city in Santa Cruz County, California?

Palo Alto is the largest city in Santa Cruz County.

What is the smallest city in Santa Cruz County, California?

Pajaro Dunes is the smallest city in Santa Cruz County.

How many cities are in Santa Cruz County?

There are 37 cities in Santa Cruz County, California.

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