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Subject Guides

Finding Statistics for Santa Cruz County

This guide provides links to a variety of websites that maintain statistics on various aspects of life in Santa Cruz County. The links are organized by category.

General Sources

  • California Demographics Forecasting
    Data, featured publications and related resources from the designated official source of demographic data for state planning and budgeting.
    Find data about the health and well being of children in Santa Cruz County and California. A program of Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.
  • Rand California
    Wide variety of statistics, often down to the local level.
  • State and County Quick Facts: Santa Cruz County
    From the U.S. Census. Population, race, education, income, poverty, business.
  • State of the Cities Data Systems
    Comparison tables of 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 Census data; recent data on unemployment.
  • U.S. Government Data
    The gateway into the statistical data from the major government agencies. This site from the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) includes links to statistics for agriculture, population, business, crime, the environment, etc.



Interested in local data from Census 2010 and recent updates? Demographic Detail Summaries are a series of extracts of 100% data for incorporated and unincorporated places in Santa Cruz County and the county as a whole. From the library's Demographics Now database, these summaries include, sex, age, ethnicity, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, relationship, household by type, housing occupancy, and house tenure. The documents listed below are in pdf format. Use the related websites at the bottom of this section for more census data.

CPI - Consumer Price Index

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose is the area that is used for Santa Cruz



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  • Demographics Now
    With Demographics Now you can search for individuals, households, and companies by a variety of parameters. You can also find demographic reports by geographic range for information including income, housing, age, education, and consumer expenditures. See the tutorials center for instructions on how to run searches, create sales lead lists, generate demographics reports, search U. S. Census data, and more.

  • California Center for Jobs and the Economy
    The California Center for Jobs and the Economy provides an objective and definitive source of information pertaining to job creation and economic trends in California.
  • California Dept. of Social Services, Research and Data Portal
    Data and reports for state and counties on CalWORKs, Children's Programs, Community Care Licensing, Disability and Adult Programs, Food Stamps, and Fraud.
  • CenStats County Business Patterns
    From the U.S. Census Bureau, platform for accessing data by table, downloading .cvs files of datasets, and viewing CBP data by congressional district. Includes: the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. Data from 1998 to the most recent year. National, state, county and MSA levels.
  • Metropolitan Area at a Glance: Santa Cruz-Watsonville
    From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes monthly labor force, employment and CPI data.
  • Size of Business Data
    From the California Employment Development Department. Data from several years available at county and MSA levels.

Employment Data



Income and Salaries

See also census data under "General Sources" and "Census/Population".