Santa Cruz County Profile


 
About this area:
Santa Cruz is located along the north side of Monterey Bay on the central coast of California. Surrounding counties include San Mateo to the north, Santa Clara to the east, and Monterey to the south. Mild weather, natural beauty, a major university, and proximity to the Silicon Valley contribute to the economic opportunities as well as the quality of life in the county. With an abundance of coastline, accessible beaches, and nearby mountains, Santa Cruz County is a popular vacation and recreation area.
EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES
Unemployment Rate and Labor Force (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Labor Force
No. of
Employed
No. of
Unemployed
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz County 2022Oct136,700131,8005,0003.6
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Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Year
Time Period
CES
Industry Title
No. of
Employed
2022OctTotal Wage and Salary111,500
2022OctTotal Nonfarm102,900
2022OctService Providing90,100
2022OctTotal Private79,700
2022OctPrivate Service Providing66,900
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Occupations with Fastest Job Growth (% change)[Top]
OccupationEstimated Year -
Projected Year
Employment
Employment Change
Estimated ProjectedNumberPercent
Nurse Practitioners2018 - 202860903050.0
Sales and Related Workers, All Other2018 - 2028901304044.4
Personal Financial Advisors2018 - 2028701003042.9
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists2018 - 2028701003042.9
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers2018 - 2028701003042.9
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Projections of Employment by Industry
 
High Wage Occupations[Top]
OccupationYearTime PeriodHourly
Mean
Hourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Obstetricians and Gynecologists20221st Qtr$143.89$0.00$0.00$0.00
Family Medicine Physicians20221st Qtr$122.40$0.00$0.00$0.00
Pediatricians, General20221st Qtr$120.14$0.00$0.00$0.00
Dentists, General20221st Qtr$110.18$0.00$0.00$0.00
Chief Executives20221st Qtr$106.15$59.78$0.00$0.00
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Data for Santa Cruz County is not available. Data for Santa Cruz-Watsonville MSA has been displayed for High Wage Occupations
 

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
Building Permits (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Type of Permit
Year
Time Period
No. of Permits
Total Costs
Multi-Family 2021Annual216$45,078,364
Single Family 2021Annual234$50,843,167
Total all types construction permits 2021Annual450$95,921,531
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Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)[Top]
AreaConsumer Price Index % Change
Time Period2021Time Period2020
United States Annual271.0Annual258.84.7
California Annual297.4Annual285.34.2
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Data for Santa Cruz County is not available. Data for California has been displayed for Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)
 
Median Price of Existing Homes Sold[Top]
Year
Time Period
Type
Median Price
2021AnnualMedian Price of Homes Sold$1,187,500
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State Revenues by Source[Top]
Tax Type Description
Year
Time Period
Tax Revenue
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes and Fees 2020Annual$414,634
Bank and Corporation (Income) Taxes 2020Annual$22,792,840
Cigarette Tax 2020Annual$1,961,686
Horse Racing (Parimutuel) License Fees 2020Annual$19,090
Estate, Inheritance and Gift Taxes 2020Annual$0
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Data for Santa Cruz County is not available. Data for California has been displayed for State Revenues by Source
 
Taxable Sales (Calif. Board of Equalization)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Sales Type Description
Sales
2021AnnualRetail $4,575,986,078
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POPULATION AND CENSUS DATA
Population[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Source
Population
Santa Cruz County 2020AnnualCalifornia Dept of Finance272,360
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Measures of Income[Top]
Income Type
Year
Time Period
Income
Population
Per Capita Personal Income - BEA2020Annual$75,957272,360
Total Personal Income - BEA2020Annual$20,502,635272,360
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County-to-County Commute Patterns (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Area of Residence
Area of WorkPlace
Number of Workers
2015CensusSanta Cruz County , CASanta Cruz County , CA99,105
2015CensusSanta Cruz County , CASanta Clara County , CA17,458
2015CensusMonterey County , CASanta Cruz County , CA9,640
2015CensusSanta Cruz County , CAMonterey County , CA6,583
2015CensusSanta Clara County , CASanta Cruz County , CA4,249
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JOB OPENINGS & TRAINING PROVIDERS
Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
Job Openings

Training Providers in Area[Top]
Provider Name
Provider Type
Location
Western SeminaryOther (incl. religious schools and seminaries)Los Gatos,CA
Watsonville - Aptos Adult SchoolSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Watsonville,CA
Cabrillo CollegeCommunity Colleges (two-year school)Aptos,CA
Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational ProgramSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Capitola,CA
University of California, Santa CruzUniversity or College (four-year school)Santa Cruz,CA
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