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Country  United States
Population  62,864 (2013)
Unemployment rate  8.8% (Feb 2015)
Area  15.828 sq mi
State  California
Mayor  Don Lane
Points of interest  Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Natural Bridges State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park, Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Wharf
Colleges and Universities  University of California - Santa Cruz, Five Branches University, Universidad Catolica Boliviana, College Eight, Merrill College

Santa Cruz ( Spanish: ) is the county seat and largest city of Santa Cruz County, California. As of 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Santa Cruzs population at 62,864.


Map of Santa Cruz, California

Situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 32 mi (51 km) south of San Jose and 75 mi (120 km) south of San Francisco, the city is part of the 12-county San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area.

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Santa Cruz is known for its moderate climate, the natural beauty of its coastline, redwood forests, alternative community lifestyles, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz, a premier research institution and educational hub, as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating continuously since 1907.

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The present-day site of Santa Cruz was the location of Spanish settlement beginning in 1791, including Mission Santa Cruz and the pueblo of Branciforte. Following the Mexican–American War of 1846–48, California became the 31st state in 1850. The City of Santa Cruz was incorporated in 1866 and chartered in April 1876. Important early industries included lumber, gunpowder, lime and agriculture. Late in the 19th century, Santa Cruz established itself as a beach resort community.


Prior to the arrival of Spanish soldiers, missionaries and colonists in the late 18th century, the Santa Cruz area was home to the Ohlone Native Americans. The Ohlone had no written language, and lived in small villages scattered around the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay regions. Within fifty years of the Spaniards arrival, the Ohlone culture and way of life had virtually disappeared in the Santa Cruz area. The only remnants of their spoken language are three local place names: Aptos, Soquel and Zayante.


Santa Cruz, California Beautiful Landscapes of Santa Cruz, California

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers an area of 15.8 square miles (41 km2), of which 12.7 square miles (33 km2) is land, and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (19.51%) is water.


The principal industries of Santa Cruz are agriculture, tourism, education (UCSC) and high technology. Santa Cruz is a center of the organic agriculture movement, and many specialty products as well as housing the headquarters of California Certified Organic Farmers. Tourist attractions include the classic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the beach, the redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the town, and Monterey Bay, which is protected as a marine sanctuary.


By the 1860s, Pacific Avenue had become the main street of downtown Santa Cruz, and remains so today. Local architect Kermit Darrow and landscape architect Roy Rydell were engaged in 1969 to convert several blocks of Pacific Avenue into a semi-pedestrian street named the Pacific Garden Mall. The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 destroyed nearly all of the 19th-century buildings in the downtown area. After the earthquake, the Pacific Garden Mall theme was eliminated, and an updated downtown design plan by ROMA Design Group was implemented. As of 2012, only one empty lot remains on Pacific Avenue from the destruction of the 1989 earthquake.

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Downtown Santa Cruz houses a variety of storefronts and businesses, ranging from local coffee shops such as Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting and Verve Coffee Roasters, to corporate retailers such as Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. It is also stage to many street performers, musicians, and artists, oftentimes creating the presence of background music and miscellaneous street side entertainment when visiting downtown. Consequently, Pacific Avenue serves as an outlet for the artistic and unique culture that Santa Cruz possesses.

Pop culture references

Santa Cruz, California Culture of Santa Cruz, California
  • In the 1963 Beach Boys song "Surfin U.S.A.", one of the verses features the lyrics, "Youd catch em surfin at Del Mar, Ventura County Line, Santa Cruz and Trestles."
  • Much of the 1983 Clint Eastwood movie Sudden Impact takes place in Santa Cruz.
  • Several scenes in the 1985 Peter OToole film Creator were filmed in downtown Santa Cruz.
  • Several scenes from the 1987 film The Lost Boys were filmed at locations in Santa Cruz, including the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Pogonip Country Club club house and the Santa Cruz Wharf.
  • The 1988 film Killer Klowns from Outer Space had scenes filmed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, as well as in neighboring Watsonville
  • In the 1988 drama film The Boost, starring James Woods and Sean Young, Lenny and Linda move to Santa Cruz after they have lost everything, to "clean up."
  • Folk-guitarist Leo Kottke has a song named "The Other Day (Near Santa Cruz)" released in 1991 on the album Great Big Boy
  • Film director Quentin Tarantino references the City of Santa Cruz in Reservoir Dogs and the University of California, Santa Cruz in Pulp Fiction.
  • Parts of the 1995 drama film, Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, were filmed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
  • The 1996 song "Paddle Out" by Sublime is about surfing in Santa Cruz. It mentions Natural Bridges, Steamer Lane, Mitchells Cove and Stockton Avenue.
  • Fatboy Slim has a song named "Santa Cruz," from his 1996 album Better Living Through Chemistry.
  • The Ataris have a song called "Alone in Santa Cruz" on their album ...Anywhere but Here.
  • The 1996 TV movie Thrill starring Antonio Sabato, Jr., about a bomb in an amusement park, was filmed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
  • Gillian Welch references the destruction of the Santa Cruz Pacific Garden Mall in her song "Wrecking Ball," off her 2003 album, Soul Journey.
  • Irish indie/rock band, The Thrills, released a single called "Santa Cruz (Youre Not That Far)," from their 2003 album So Much for the City.
  • JJ Cale sings a song about Santa Cruz
  • The 2007 independent romantic-comedy Ten Inch Hero takes place in Santa Cruz.
  • The 2008 Pearl Jam Christmas Single was a song named "Santa Cruz."
  • A 2009 video on YouTube depicted a woman struggling to make a speech at a City Council meeting. The woman is now known as the "Brilliant woman of Santa Cruz."
  • Robert Earl Keens song "Im Coming Home" recalls a trip to Monterey Bay and includes the line "Life is good out in Santa Cruz."
  • Todd Sniders song "Beer Run" includes the line "Was a beautiful day out in Santa Cruz" plus a reference to the "Robert Earl Keen song." The songs protagonists are "frat guys from Abilene" who make an "all night" road trip, suggesting that it refers to Santa Cruz, Texas, but their attendance at the "KPIG swine and soiree dance" makes clear that they traveled to California.
  • The American Dad! episode "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" referenced UCSC when Stan Smith says he would have given his daughter an A for effort (for her Christmas decorations), but he is not UC Santa Cruz.
  • The 2010 album Mojo from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers includes the song "The Trip to Pirates Cove" which makes multiple references to Santa Cruz as well as other locations around California.
  • In 2012, Chasing Mavericks, a film based on the life of surfer Jay Moriarity and filmed in Santa Cruz, was released.
  • In 2012, Apple ran a nationwide TV commercial campaign for Siri, a voice assistant for the iPhone 4S, in which the user asks: "Whats the best way to Santa Cruz, California?"
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