Introduction to Scotts Valley, California

Scotts Valley, California is 5 miles N of Santa Cruz, California and 21 miles S of San Jose, California. It is in Santa Cruz County. The city is part of the Santa Cruz-Watsonville metro area. 

Scotts Valley History

The watercourses of Scotts Valley were originally occupied by the Ohlone tribes. The city was named after Hiram Scott, who bought this valley from Joseph Ladd Majors in 1850. In 1853, he built the Greek revival style Scott House, which is situated behind City Hall today. The City of Scotts Valley was incorporated in 1966.

Scotts Valley and Nearby Attractions

  • Camp Evers Fishing Park.
  • Siltanen Park.
  • Valley Gardens Golf Course.
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Things To Do In Scotts Valley

The City of Scotts Valley offers a number of attractions to its visitors. The city includes dance halls, restaurants, picnic areas, a skate park and several other playgrounds. There are also many natural parks where one can observe a variety of exotic birds and animals.

Scotts Valley Transportation

The city is located in close proximity to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Scotts Valley Higher Education

The local college is Bethany College of the Assemblies of God.


Total Population 11,780
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,768
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 52.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $113,546
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,965
Median House Value $623,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 14.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Scotts Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Santa Cruz, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles S of San Jose, California
County Santa Cruz
Standard Zip Codes 95060, 95066
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95067
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.051
Longitude -122.013

Scotts Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 61 F
Apr Temp 41 to 72 F
Jul Temp 50 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 78 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 53 to 75 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 53 to 72 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Scotts Valley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bonny Doon (95060)

Paradise Park (95060)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,688 $112,135
Capitola 10,077 $73,610
Los Gatos 30,398 $157,701
Monte Sereno 3,508 $229,583
Santa Cruz 62,752 $88,738
Saratoga 30,817 $200,677

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Scotts Valley High Schools

Serves 767 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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