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Overview

Introduction to Capitola, California

Capitola, California, in Santa Cruz county, is 4 miles E of Santa Cruz, California (center to center) and 25 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is included in the Santa Cruz - Watsonville metropolitan area. 

Capitola History

Capitola, one of the oldest beach resorts on the West Coast, was founded as 'Camp Capitola' in the year 1874 by Samuel A. Hall. The name 'Capitola' was inspired by the heroine of 'The Hidden Hand', a novel by the very popular E.D.E.N. Southworth. The area was originally inhabited by Soquel Indians over thousands of years ago. However, the thriving Indian culture was totally wiped out as a result of the devastation caused by several floods. In the year 1949, Capitola became the third city to be established in Santa Cruz County.

Capitola and nearby Attractions

  • Capitola Historical Museum
  • Capitola Begonia Festival
  • Hooper Beach
  • Capitola City Hall
  • Grace Community Church of Capitola
  • Old Riverview Historic District

Things To Do In Capitola

Capitola has a rich and varied history that is reflected in the city's museums and halls. The city boasts of being the oldest and one of the most popular beach resorts in California. It has amazing weather all the year round and the beaches offer a huge range of recreational possibilities including fishing, boating, and all kinds of beach and water games. Capitola is surrounded on one side by mountains of redwood forests. Several famous festivals are hosted in the city like the Begonia Festival and the Art & Wine Festival, which provide excellent weekend entertainment for visitors. One can also take a tour of the churches and go for picnics at any of the numerous parks that dot city.

Capitola Transportation

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is the local airport.

Capitola Higher Education

The city is served by the University Of California-Santa Cruz.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,109
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+5,204
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married45.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.9%
Median Earnings25+$42,203
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,568
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,089

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,626
% Above Poverty Level88.4%
% Below Poverty Level11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home13.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone35.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,703
Median House Value$560,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.8%
German16.5%
English15%
Irish12%
Italian8.4%
French Except Basque5.1%
Scottish3.4%
Polish3.2%
Norwegian2.9%
Dutch2.5%
Portuguese2.3%
Swedish1.9%
Greek1.6%
Danishn1.4%
Russian1.3%
Ethiopian0.7%
Arab0.7%
African0.7%
Turkish0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Palestinian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Czech0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Capitola Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Cruz County
Standard Zip Codes95010
Phone Area Codes831
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.97
Approximate Longitude-121.95

Capitola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSANTA CRUZ
Distance1.8 miles
Jan Temp40 to 61 F
Apr Temp44 to 69 F
Jul Temp53 to 75 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches
StationWATSONVILLE WATERWORKS
Distance10.7 miles
Jan Temp39 to 61 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp53 to 72 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip23.2 inches
StationGILROY
Distance21.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 60 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 79 F
Annual Precip20.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Los Gatos30,491$165,625
Monte Sereno3,514$239,500
Santa Cruz63,310$91,637
Saratoga30,830$195,869
Scotts Valley11,824$122,125
Watsonville52,915$49,980

Capitola Public Schools

New Brighton Middle
250 Washburn Ave.
ZIP: 95010
Middle
Total Enrollment 763
Opal Cliffs
4510 Jade St.
ZIP: 95010
Primary
Total Enrollment 43
Sources :
Study Online in Capitola
Historic Capitola

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Hotel Capitola between 1900 and 1910
Additional Resources
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