COVID-19 Updates: Virtual move estimates. All of our movers wear masks on every move.

Moving to Santa Cruz

Reading Time : 8 minutes
Table of contents:

It’s always very stressful when you’re moving somewhere, especially if it’s to another state. We hope this text will help you when moving to Santa Cruz, so here are a few things we`ll talk about:

  • Pros and cons of moving to Santa Cruz
  • Safety
  • Which neighborhoods you should live in
  • Which areas are dangerous in Santa Cruz
  • Job Market and employability
  • Cost of living in Santa Cruz
  • Cost of moving to Santa Cruz
  • Choosing the right moving company

moving to santa cruz

Pros and cons of moving to Santa Cruz

Here are the summed up pros and cons of moving to Santa Cruz. Each one will be discussed more in detail further in the text.

Pros of moving to Santa Cruz

  • Favorable weather
  • Many friendly neighborhoods with great views
  • Good location

Cons of moving to Santa Cruz

  • The high property crime rate
  • The low standard of living
  • Expensive housing
  • High taxes

Fill out this move quote form to calculate the costs of your move to Santa Cruz.

Image source: Pinterest

Things to Know Before Moving to Santa Cruz

In this part of the text, you will find out about basic things any newcomer should know about living in Reno, like:

  • How safe it is,
  • Is the weather favorable,
  • How much it costs to live comfortably in the city,
  • Costs of moving,
  • Choosing the right neighborhood
  • And many more…

Image source: Pinterest

Is moving to Santa Cruz safe?

  • Crime: ranked on a scale of 1 (being the lowest crime rate) and 100 (being the highest), Santa Cruz has a violent crime rate of 38.2, while the property crime is 74.4, both of which are higher than the US average.
  • Pandemic: Here, you can get the daily updates on this matter.

And yes:

  1. We work even during the pandemics.
  2. Yes, our movers wear masks and follow all of the safety precautions.
  3. We don’t need to come to your house for estimates.
  4. You can get a ballpark estimate by using our move quote calculator.
  5. For a 100% accurate move quote, make sure to schedule your free virtual move estimate.

How much does it cost to live in Santa Cruz?

You need to have good budgeting skills if you don’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck. A good tip for budgeting is to use the 50-30-20 rule, which means spending 50% of your income on necessities, 30% on wants and other needs, and 20% left for savings.

For the average household, the optimal yearly earning should be at least – $98k.

Decided on moving to Santa Cruz? Get a free move quote estimate.

Traffic in Santa Cruz

Traffic in Santa Cruz isn’t as bad as expected to be in such a city, but it can be filled with jams and slow when you’re in a rush. The rush hours are from 3 to 5 pm, and we recommend starting your travel at least twenty minutes earlier if you hope to get on time when it’s rush hours.

Job Market and Employability

Image source: Pinterest

The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz is 4.2%, which is a bit higher than the US average, and more importantly, it is high enough that you can’t rely on finding a job immediately after moving. Job growth has been positive. Lately, Santa Cruz’s job growth has increased by 1.8%. Future Job growth is predicted to be 33.8%. Here are some tips that can be helpful if you’re coming without a Job.

Moving to Santa Cruz without a job

Santa Cruz’s economy isn’t the best at the moment. This means that you shouldn’t rely on the fact that you’ll get a job the first day you come here. Job market is slowly getting better, however with the covid-19 pandemic on the line and high unemployment rate, we suggest that you get a job before moving to Santa Cruz, and later in the text, you will find a few helpful tips for that.

Best places to work at

  1. Plantronics
  2. New Leaf Community Markets
  3. Santa Cruz Governmental Center
  4. O`Neill

How hard is it to get a job

We talked about employability earlier. You can see that getting a job here on the first day of coming is not something you should rely on entirely. The job hunt depends on your education, field of work, and experience, as it does everywhere else.

How to get a job in Santa Cruz before moving?

Getting a job in a new place before moving can be pretty hard, but we hope these few tips will help you out:

  1. Go on a trip to Santa Cruz.
  2. Mingle with people and on social media (especially LinkedIn)
  3. Build connections
  4. State your plans for moving in your CV

Before moving to Santa Cruz, it is also essential to get move quote estimates from at least three companies. Make sure to get one of them from us. Fill this simple and easy move quote calculator.

Cost of Living in Santa Cruz

Image source: Pinterest

This part of the text has summed up all the necessary information about the cost of living in Reno, its taxes, salaries, and monthly expenses.

Monthly Costs

Beware that California is an expensive place to live in, as you will see further down in the text. Santa Cruz is more costly than the average city in California, except for utilities with a slightly lower price.

  • Studio apartment rent: $1755, compared to the California average of $1156
  • One bedroom: $2070 compared to the California average of $1358
  • Two bedrooms: $2735 compared to the California average of $1723
  • Three bedrooms: $3630 compared to the California average of $2375

As you can see, it is costly to rent an apartment in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz California
Overall 193.4 149.9
Grocery 111.5 105.1
Health 98.7 92.4
Housing 393.4 239.1
Utilities 93.5 102.4

Source: BestPlaces

Renting VS buying a house

Current housing stats estimate that the median home value in Santa Cruz is $909,500. The renters make up to 51% of the Santa Cruz population, and 1.2% of the apartments are available for rent right now. Keep in mind that buying a home is the biggest single purchase most people make during their lives.

Image Source: Redfin


  • Sales tax: 9.25%
  • Property tax: 0.56%

What salary do I need to live comfortably in Santa Cruz?

The cost of living in Santa Cruz is 47.9% higher than the national average. The prices have been rapidly increasing from year to year. A ballpark estimate of how much you should earn yearly for a comfortable life in Santa Cruz per household is $98.5k. Since the median income is around $40k, that only leaves $951 to be spent on renting a home or apartment. Indeed, Santa Cruz’s economy isn’t the best to rely on right now if you don’t have a secure job in the city.

Best neighborhoods in Santa Cruz:

In this part of the text, we will mention a few areas you might find appealing, according to your social group. All of these neighborhoods are among the safest ones in the city and are pretty affordable.

For Families

  1. Scotts Valley – families love this neighborhood because it is located near the beach and full of beautiful redwood forests. With many green spaces for spending a lovely Sunday afternoon, Scots Valley is among the first choices you should consider when moving to Santa Cruz with family.
  2. Pasatiempo – this neighborhood represents a small town near the center of a city since it’s so big and spacious. It is one of the safest areas in Santa Cruz.
  3. Soquel – this neighborhood represents one of the friendliest communities here. The residents love how it is so easy to navigate in the area and how good the traffic is compared to the city center.

Image source: Google images

Moving to Santa Cruz with your family? Get a free move cost estimate.

For Students

  1. The Boardwalk – this neighborhood is just a short walk from Downtown and is one of the most popular attractions. This is a place for students and young professionals that want to get away from the book for a little while.
  2. Midtown – this neighborhood is the heart of which lies along Soquel Avenue between Ocean and Seabright. Many hipster cafes, chic aesthetics in homes, bars, and restaurants. A perfect place for quiet, artistic young people who seek some peace and good company.
  3. Westside is a bustling commercial district filled with restaurants, shops, malls, and bars. If you want to live in an epicenter of all the happenings, this is a perfect place for you.

Image source: Google images

Even if you waited for the last minute, no worries. You can get a quick ballpark move cost estimate here.

For Young Couples

  1. Live Oak – this is suburbia between Santa Cruz and Capitola, near the ocean. It stands for the most peaceful neighborhood you can find here.
  2. Soquel – as we mentioned before, this neighborhood is dotted with antique stores, restaurants, cafes, and local businesses. It is perfect for someone who wants to find peace but still get engaged in social events.
  3. Downtown – filled with restaurants, shops and bars, live music venues and always has a lively street scene. This neighborhood is perfect for a young couple that wants to have fun in the new city.

Image source: Google images

Make sure to get a move estimate before scheduling your move.

For Retirees

  1. Watsonville – this is an agricultural area of a county, which means, if you’re a person that enjoys outside work, you can still enjoy it after retirement in this neighborhood, or at least you’ll know that you have many spacious parks for long walks.
  2. La Selva Beach is a small community north of Watsonville, filled with friendly people, in quiet and peaceful surroundings.

Retirees moving to Santa Cruz always end up loving these areas. Another thing we all love is a fast and easy move. Check the estimated cost of your move and contact us for a free and accurate virtual move estimate.

Image Source: MediaFeed

Cost of Moving to Santa Cruz

If you want to get a better judgment about how much money you will need when moving to Santa Cruz, you can use our move cost calculator to get a quick ballpark estimate. If you want a 100% accurate move quote, you can schedule your virtual move estimate.

How can MovePrice help you?

If you are moving to Santa Cruz with MovePrice, you can get:

  • Free move cost estimate
  • An accurate move quote after you fill the virtual home survey
  • All-time customer support during your move
  • Move costs tailored to your needs and budget.
  • The safest move during pandemics




Featured Image Source: Onerent – No copyright infringement intended

Table of Contents

Share this post:

Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter

You may also like:

Scroll to Top