- Annual high temp 69.9°F
- Annual low temp 47.7°F
- Annual rainfall 31.4 in.
- Annual snowfall 0 in.
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Living in Santa Cruz, CA
Known as "Surf City" to locals, people love living in Santa Cruz for its moderate climate, natural environment, and coastline. If you're thinking about moving to Santa Cruz, California, read on to learn more about what it's like to live in the area.
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Culture & Entertainment
Looking for fun things to do in Santa Cruz? Explore the area’s top attractions and local hangouts to discover everything Santa Cruz has to offer.
Santa Cruz at a glance
- Top industries in Santa Cruz include agriculture, tourism, and education.
- Santa Cruz is well known for watersports and is regarded as one of the best spots in the world for surfing.
- Santa Cruz houses the headquarters of California Certified Organic Farmers.
- City food staples include tacos, clams, and waffles.
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Using MYMOVE’s city guides, you can learn much-needed information about a prospective area. Basic facts like the cost of living and top industries show you what it’s like to live and work in the city. More in-depth information like the number of parks, music venues, and breweries paint a picture of the fun you could have there.
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We’ve compiled a varied list of data sources all in one place. Simply search for a specific city above, or explore the top metro areas in each state (and Puerto Rico). View our city guides to learn the basics, like population, weather, and housing prices, and the fun stuff, like culture and entertainment options.
How do I decide where to live?
Lots of factors go into choosing the location of your next life chapter. Does your company have an office in a city that excites you? Does the industry you work in have a presence in that metro area?
Do you want to own a car, or is walkability high on your priority list? Are you a museum buff, an avid hiker, or a music lover?
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Where does the data for our city guides come from?
We sourced our core cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index (COLI). The COLI is updated quarterly, using data collected at the local level for over 60 goods and services. Learn more about COLI research methodology.
Population data is sourced from the U.S. Census. The average salaries and housing prices were compiled from TownCharts.
Various sources were used to collect culture and entertainment data, including but not limited to The Trust for Public Land, Wikipedia, USA Zoos, ultimaterollercoaster.com, Indie on the Move, and publiclibraries.com.
Livability score provided by Areavibes. The Livability Score is a score out of 100 that was designed to help evaluate the quality of an area. The score analyzes dozens of data points across seven key categories: amenities, cost of living, crime, employment, housing, schools, and user ratings.
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