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Please tell me everything u know about the city of santa cruz?

i may be relocating there from los angeles

It's a really nice area. The campus itself is of course famously beautiful what with being in the middle of a redwood forest overlooking the Monterey Bay/Pacific Ocean. I honestly transferred there and never had to make due without a car, but city buses go through the campus (and at least when I was there your student body card doubled as a city bus pass) so it's pretty easy to get downtown which is a close walk to the beach. I have physically walked from the campus to the water, and while it's a couple of miles (and hiking back would entail going uphill) it's definitely pleasant. Santa Cruz on the whole is really nice, with a pleasant bohemian vibe. I really enjoyed going there and sometime still go back to hike around the back campus, which is extensive. Also it might seem silly to go to a school just because it's in a gorgeous location, but it really does improve your mood, and that can help you get better grades...

Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area. The county forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. (Monterey County forms the southern coast). As of 2006 its population is 249,705. The county seat is Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County is a member of the regional governmental agency, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments.

Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Geography
2.1 Cities and towns
2.2 Adjacent counties
3 Transportation Infrastructure
3.1 Major Highways
3.2 Public Transportation
3.3 Airports
4 Demographics
5 Environmental features
6 Colleges and Universities
7 Politics
8 See also
9 Santa Cruz County winemaking and wineries
10 Sources
11 External links

[edit] History
Santa Cruz County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.

In the original act, the county was given the name of "Branciforte" after the Spanish pueblo founded there in 1797; a major watercourse in the county, Branciforte Creek, bears this name. Less than two months later, the name was changed to "Santa Cruz" ("Holy Cross"). Mission Santa Cruz, established in 1791 and completed in 1794, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1857, but a smaller-scale replica was erected in 1931.

[edit] Geography
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 607 square miles (1,573 km²), of which, 445 square miles (1,153 km²) of it is land and 162 square miles (419 km²) of it (26.67%) is water. Of California's counties, only San Francisco is physically smaller.

The county is a strip about ten miles wide between the coast and the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the northern end of the Monterey Bay. It can be divided roughly into four regions: the rugged "north coast"; the urban City of Santa Cruz, Soquel, Capitola, and Aptos; mountainous Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo River Valley. ; and fertile "south county", including Watsonville. Agriculture is concentrated in the coastal lowlands of the county's northern and southern ends. Most of the coastline is flanked by cliffs.

[edit] Cities and towns
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
Ben Lomond
Bonny Doon
Boulder Creek
Day Valley
Live Oak
Mount Hermon
Opal Cliffs
Rio del Mar
Santa Cruz
Scotts Valley
Twin Lakes

[edit] Adjacent counties
San Mateo County — northwest
Santa Clara County — northeast
San Benito County — southeast
Monterey County — southeast/south

[edit] Transportation Infrastructure

[edit] Major Highways
State Route 1
State Route 9
State Route 17
State Route 129
State Route 152

[edit] Public Transportation
Santa Cruz County is served by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District bus system. A "Highway 17 Express" bus between Santa Cruz and San Jose is jointly operated by the SCMTD and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Greyhound Lines bus service also serves Santa Cruz County.

[edit] Airports
Watsonville Municipal Airport is a public general aviation airport. There are also two private airports: Bonny Doon Village Airport and monterey Bay Academy Airport. The nearest airports for commercial travel include San Jose International Airport, Monterey Peninsula Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Oakland International Airport.

[edit] Demographics
As of the census² of 2000, there were 255,602 people, 91,139 households, and 57,144 families residing in the county. The population density was 574 people per square mile (222/km²). There were 98,873 housing units at an average density of 222 per square mile (86/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.09% White, 0.97% Black or African American, 0.96% Native American, 3.44% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 15.02% from other races, and 4.37% from two or more races. 26.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 72.5% spoke English and 22.3%Spanish as their first language. 2.3% (approximately 6,000) register as Jewish, placing Santa Cruz County as the 91st highest percentage of Jews in the United States (see American Jews).

There were 91,139 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.00% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 11.90% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,998, and the median income for a family was $61,941. Males had a median income of $46,291 versus $33,514 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,396. About 6.70% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Environmental features
Santa Cruz County is home to the following endangered species:

Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander
Santa Cruz Tarweed
San Francisco garter snake

[edit] Colleges and Universities
Four-year universities:

University of California, Santa Cruz (public) in Santa Cruz, California
Bethany University (private) in Scotts Valley, California
Two-year colleges:

Cabrillo College (public) in Aptos, California

[edit] Politics
Presidential election results Year DEM GOP Others
2004 73.0% 89,102 24.9% 30,354 2.2% 2,628
2000 61.5% 66,618 27.3% 29,627 11.2% 12,105
1996 56.5% 58,250 26.9% 27,766 16.5% 17,046
1992 58.1% 66,183 21.9% 24,916 20.1% 22,893
1988 61.5% 63,133 36.8% 37,728 1.7% 1,750
1984 53.3% 49,091 45.2% 41,652 1.5% 1,404
1980 37.7% 32,346 43.5% 37,347 18.8% 16,111
1976 51.1% 37,772 43.1% 31,872 5.9% 4,325
1972 46.4% 32,336 49.9% 34,799 3.8% 2,624
1968 41.0% 20,492 50.8% 25,365 8.2% 4,087
1964 58.5% 26,714 41.3% 18,836 0.2% 94
1960 40.0% 16,659 59.6% 24,858 0.5% 187
Santa Cruz is a strongly Democratic county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Republican to win a majority in the county was Richard Nixon in 1968.

Santa Cruz is part of California's 14th and 17th congressional districts, which are held by Democrats Anna Eshoo and Sam Farr, respectively. In the State Assembly Santa Cruz is in the 27th and 28th Assembly districts, which are held by Democrats John Laird and Anna Caballero, respectively. In the State Senate, Santa Cruz is part of the 11th and 15th districts, which are held by Democrat Joe Simitian and Republican Abel Maldonado, respectively.