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Santa Cruz
Seal of the City of Santa Cruz
Mayor Hilary Bryant
Area
  –Land
  –Water
40.996 km²
32.997 km²
7.999 km²
Population
  –Total (as of 2010)
  –Density

60,049
4,705.3/km²

Time zone
DST time zone
PST (UTC-8)
PDT (UTC-7)
Latitude N 36° 58.3'
Longitude W 122° 01.6'
Official website: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/
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IntroductionEdit

Description of Santa Cruz, California.
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A surfer near Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the county seat and largest city of Santa Cruz County, California in the US. As of the 2011 U.S. Census, Santa Cruz had a total population of 60,049. Situated on the northern edge of the Monterey Bay, about 72 miles (116 km) south of San Francisco, the city is part of the U.S. Census-designated 11-county San Francisco Bay Area Combined Statistical Area but not within the traditional 9-county definition of the San Francisco Bay Area, as it is not in a county that touches the San Francisco Bay. Santa Cruz is counted as part of the Monterey Bay region.

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 chartered in 1866. Important early industries included lumber, gunpowder, lime and agriculture. Late in the 19th century, Santa Cruz established itself as a beach resort community. Santa Cruz is now known for its moderate climate, the natural beauty of its coastline such as at Natural Bridges State Beach,[1] 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.

GeographyEdit

(See also Santa Cruz, California:Geography)

HistoryEdit

(See also Santa Cruz, California:History)

EconomyEdit

Other places named Santa Cruz, CaliforniaEdit

See alsoEdit

Subject-specific pages that have been started or that we hope will soon be written about Santa Cruz, California

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External linksEdit

Santa Cruz has their own active wiki at Scruzwiki.org

ReferencesEdit

  1. Natural Bridges State Beach
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