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Santa Cruz is a city in Santa Cruz County.

It is the county seat.

The latitude of Santa Cruz is 36.974N. The longitude is -122.029W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 36 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 54,262.


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Median household income
Local
$50,605
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Santa Cruz demographic reports
Santa Cruz is on the north shore of Monterey Bay
Mission was established in 1791. Whaling ships once anchored here; also served as a shipping point for redwood lumber
Public transportation: Metro (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 510. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 9.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 17 on 50 Best Places to Live list by Men's Journal magazine, 2002
Local foods: corn dogs
Filming location for:
· 1971 movie, "Harold and Maude"
· 1987 movie," The Lost Boys"
Well-known residents have included:
· Beverly Garland, actress ("My Three Sons")
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music - July 30-Aug. 12, 2007
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival - April 20-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Santa Cruz web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Nearby parks & recreation: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Lighthouse Field State Beach, Natural Bridges State Beach, Twin Lakes State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park
Santa Cruz attractions: surfing, Beach Boardwalk
Historic sites and museums: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Museum of Art and History, Harley-Davidson Museum, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Lighthouse Surfing Museum
Colleges and universities: University of California
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 273

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Santa Cruz demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Santa Cruz County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Santa Cruz area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 95064 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Santa Cruz residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Santa Cruz ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Santa Cruz was $25,758, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

44% of Santa Cruz residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Santa Cruz include Mission Hill Area Historic District (Santa Cruz), Pacific Avenue Historic District, Santa Cruz Downtown Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Santa Cruz, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $875.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,832.


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Libraries in Santa Cruz include Branciforte Branch Library, Central Branch Library, Garfield Park Branch Library, Live Oak Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Santa Cruz include Santa Cruz Good Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUSP.

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Politics

Santa Cruz County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Santa Cruz political report.

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Santa Cruz restaurants taking online reservations include Hoffman's ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Santa Cruz workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Santa Cruz between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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