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Overview

Introduction to Watsonville, California

Watsonville, California, in Santa Cruz county, is 15 miles E of Santa Cruz, California (center to center) and 30 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is situated in the Pajaro Valley. Watsonville is a major agriculture and food processing area. The municipality is surrounded by agricultural land. Strawberries, apples, raspberries, lettuce, artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, blackberries, mushrooms and cut flowers are some of the primary crops. The Eastern Highlands are utilized for cattle grazing, timber production and includes vineyards and orchards.

Watsonville is home to the headquarters of Driscoll's Strawberries, West Marine, Sweet Darling Strawberries and Martinelli's, a prominent producer of sparkling apple cider. Light industry, manufacturing and the service industries are factors for the economy. The majority of the coast land bordering Watsonville is included in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. The Santa Cruz Mountains can be seen from parts of the city.

Watsonville features cool winters and mild summers. Fog and low overcast are typical occurrences during the night and morning, particularly during the summer. The city has a very large Hispanic population and a sizeable Asian-American community. 

Watsonville History

The Costanoans were the original inhabitants. By 1847 there were a large number of cattle ranches. The city was incorporated in 1868. The municipality was named in tribute to Judge John Watson. It began to thrive after the railroad connected Watsonville with Santa Clara Valley in 1871. Watsonville is located near the epicenter of the powerful 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake which destroyed and damaged numerous building situated downtown. The earthquake caused a lot of destruction all over the region.

Watsonville Attractions

  • The Henry J. Mello Performing Arts Center features a variety of musical productions, dramas and other events.
  • Santa Cruz County Symphony.
  • Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival features entertainment, crafts and strawberry treats.
  • Pajaro Valley Arts Council.
  • Santa Cruz County Fair features music, arts and crafts and entertainment for kids.
  • California Pajarosa.
  • Agricultural History Museum.
  • Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show is a popular event and features antique airplanes, military planes and helicopters.
  • Watsonville Speedway.
  • Pajaro Valley Historical Association.
  • Birding Festival.

Watsonville Activities

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Manresa State, Sunset, Moss Landing State and Zmudowski State beaches are popular destinations. The Wetlands Nature Center is a noteworthy location. Mount Madonna County Park is enjoyed by residents and tourists. Visitors enjoy the local wineries including Alfaro Family Vineyard and Winery, Natal Vineyards and River Run Vintners. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at the nearby Springs Hills Golf Course. Families have fun at the close by Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk.

Watsonville Higher Education

The city is served by the nearby University of California at Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College and California State University at Monterey Bay.

Demographics

People

Total Population52,915
Male Share of the Population50.8%
Female Share of the Population49.2%
Senior Citizens8.8%
Employed Population 16+22,505
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married45.8%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.9%
Median Earnings25+$25,773
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,529
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,218

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,980
% Above Poverty Level82.4%
% Below Poverty Level17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone17.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,285
Median House Value$361,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)81.8%
German3.5%
English2.7%
Irish2.4%
Italian1.1%
Scottish0.8%
Portuguese0.8%
French Except Basque0.8%
Norwegian0.6%
Croatian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Greek0.3%
Arab0.2%
Polish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Russian0.1%
African0.1%
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Watsonville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Cruz County
Standard Zip Codes95076
P.O. Box Zip Codes95077
Phone Area Codes831, 408
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.91
Approximate Longitude-121.75

Watsonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWATSONVILLE WATERWORKS
Distance1.7 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
Distance12.2 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
StationHOLLISTER 2
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp52 to 81 F
Oct Temp47 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Capitola10,109$82,626
Gilroy52,576$88,413
Marina20,816$68,723
San Juan Bautista2,327$63,000
Santa Cruz63,310$91,637
Scotts Valley11,824$122,125

Watsonville Public Libraries

Watsonville Public Library
275 MAIN ST., SUITE 100
Watsonville, California
(831) 768-3406

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Watsonville Hospitals

Watsonville Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
75 Nielson Street

Watsonville Public Schools

Academic/vocational Charter Institute
112 Diamond Dr.
ZIP: 95076
High
Total Enrollment 60
Alianza Charter
115 Casserly Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
Amesti Elementary
25 Amesti Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 623
Ann Soldo Elementary
1140 Menasco Dr.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 684
Bradley Elementary
321 Corralitos Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Calabasas Elementary
202 Calabasas Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
260 W. Riverside Dr.
ZIP: 95076
Other
Total Enrollment 511
Cesar E. Chavez Middle
440 Arthur Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Middle
Total Enrollment 594
E. A. Hall Middle
201 Brewington Ave.
ZIP: 95076
Middle
Total Enrollment 587
H. A. Hyde Elementary
125 Alta Vista St.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Hall District Elementary
300 Sill Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 613
Lakeview Middle
2350 E. Lake Ave.
ZIP: 95076
Middle
Total Enrollment 664
Landmark Elementary
235 Ohlone Pkwy.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Linscott Charter
220 Elm St.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Mintie White Elementary
515 Palm Ave.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 699
New School Community Day
165 Harkins Slough Rd.
ZIP: 95076
High
Total Enrollment 38
Ohlone Elementary
21 Bay Farms Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 531
Pacific Coast Charter
294 Green Valley Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Other
Total Enrollment 279
Pajaro Middle
250 Salinas Rd.
ZIP: 95076
Middle
Total Enrollment 431
Pajaro Valley High
500 Harkins Slough Rd.
ZIP: 95076
High
Total Enrollment 1453
Radcliff Elementary
550 Rodriguez St.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Rolling Hills Middle
130 Herman Ave.
ZIP: 95076
Middle
Total Enrollment 655
Starlight Elementary
225 Hammer Dr.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 675
T. S. Macquiddy Elementary
330 Martinelli St.
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 658
Watsonville Charter School Of The Arts
115 Casserly Rd., W. Campus
ZIP: 95076
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Watsonville High
250 E. Beach St.
ZIP: 95076
High
Total Enrollment 1938

Watsonville Private Schools

Green Valley Christian School
376 S Green Valley Rd
ZIP: 95076
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 241
Monte Vista Christian School
2 School Way
ZIP: 95076
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 845
Moreland Notre Dame School
133 Brennan St
ZIP: 95076
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
Mount Madonna School
445 Summit Rd
ZIP: 95076
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 197
Potter's House Community Christian School
113 E Front St
ZIP: 95076
Secondary
Total Enrollment 7
St Francis Central Coast Catholic High School
2400 E Lake Ave
ZIP: 95076
Secondary
Total Enrollment 216
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