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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.
The frozen vegetable industry was long a major employer, but many operations have moved to Mexico; Green Giant closed its plant here in 1994.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Watsonville 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 95019 ZIP code.
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.
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.
Libraries in Watsonville include Watsonville Public Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Watsonville include KCAH.
Santa Cruz County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Watsonville political report.
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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