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The 2000 Census showed that Santa Cruz County had a population of 255,602 people. This represented 0.75% of the total population of California, making it the state's 22nd most populous county (out of 58 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Santa Cruz had a population of 256,218 people. This is an increase of 0.24% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010262,382+2.65%+2.41% since 2009
2009256,218+0.24%+1.3% since 2008
2008252,929-1.05%+1.12% since 2007
2007250,126-2.14%+0.55% since 2006
2005248,957-2.6%-0.58% since 2004
2004250,420-2.03%-0.45% since 2003
2003251,559-1.58%-0.85% since 2002
2002253,708-0.74%-0.76% since 2001
2000255,602The Last Census

Santa Cruz County had 98,873 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Santa Cruz County has a total area<3> of 607 square miles [1,572 km²]. Of this total, 445.2 square miles [1,153 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (26.67%) being water (161.9 square miles [419.4 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Santa Cruz County had a population density of 574 people per square mile [221.7 people/km²], making it the state's 10th most densely populated county (out of 58 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Santa Cruz County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Santa Cruz and the state of California.

Click here for the Santa Cruz County QuickFact (QF-06087).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Santa Cruz County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Santa CruzQF-066911256,81054,5934.06%
Scotts ValleyQF-067058811,26611,385-1.05%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Cruz County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
MontereyQF-06053   SE410,370401,7622.14%
San BenitoQF-06069   SE55,05853,2343.43%
San MateoQF-06081   NW718,989707,1611.67%
Santa ClaraQF-06085   N1,784,6421,682,5856.07%

The west boundary of the county is on the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay lies to the east.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Santa Cruz. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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