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Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, in the Santa Cruz-Watsonville metro area.

One tradition says the community was named for Judge John H. Watson. Another says it was named for Col. James Watson, settler.

The latitude of Watsonville is 36.910N. The longitude is -121.755W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 33 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 46,159.


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Median household income
Local
$37,617
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Watsonville demographic reports
Watsonville is on the Pacific coast.
Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 destroyed or damaged many downtown buildings.

The frozen vegetable industry was long a major employer, but many operations have moved to Mexico; Green Giant closed its plant here in 1994.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 329. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 7 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival - Aug. 3-5, 2007
  • Santa Cruz County Fair - Sept. 11-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Watsonville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Manresa State Beach, Sunset State Beach
Historic sites and museums: Agricultural History Project
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: 143

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Watsonville residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Watsonville ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Watsonville was $13,205, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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9% of Watsonville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Watsonville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $673.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,429.


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Libraries in Watsonville include Watsonville Public Library ... View libraries

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TV stations in Watsonville include KCAH.

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

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

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

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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