Watsonville

A diverse community known for its farms, and beautiful wetlands.

WELCOME TO WATSONVILLE

Watsonville, located in Santa Cruz County, is a diverse and agricultural community known for its strawberry farms, apple orchards, and beautiful wetlands. The city offers a more affordable alternative to some of the surrounding areas, such as Santa Cruz and Monterey.
 
Watsonville has various neighborhoods with distinct characteristics, such as the historic downtown area, affordable Adult Village near East Lake, the more suburban neighborhoods near Harkins Slough, and the rural areas with farmland and larger properties as you head towards Corralitos. Each neighborhood offers different housing options, amenities, and price ranges. The housing market in Watsonville consists of a mix of single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, and multi-family properties. There are also new developments and custom-built homes available, catering to a range of preferences and budgets. In 2022, there were 253 homes sold in Watsonville and the average home price in Watsonville was $907k for single family homes and $819k for condos/townhomes.*
 
Home prices in Watsonville are typically more affordable than in other parts of Santa Cruz County, but they have been increasing over the years due to the high demand in the area. Watsonville's real estate market has been experiencing steady growth and increasing demand, driven by factors such as its proximity to Silicon Valley, the relatively lower cost of living, and its natural beauty. As a result, home prices have been on the rise, and the market can be competitive, with homes selling quickly and sometimes above the asking price.
 

WHAT TO LOVE​

  • Historic downtown area
  • Friendly community atmosphere
  • Beautiful natural surroundings
  • A variety of dining and shopping options
  • Outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Agriculture and fresh produce
  • Proximity to attractions and beache

DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Watsonville's historic downtown area offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Visitors can explore the unique shops, cafes, and restaurants that contribute to the city's charm. Watsonville is also known for its agricultural heritage, providing access to delicious fresh produce throughout the year.
 

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Cilantro's Mexican Restaurant: A popular Mexican restaurant offering a range of traditional dishes in a festive atmosphere.
  • Jalisco Restaurant: Another Mexican eatery serving delicious, authentic cuisine in a casual setting.
  • The Green Waffle: A family-owned diner serving breakfast and lunch, known for its delicious waffles and friendly service.
  • Second Street Café: A cozy café offering tasty sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as freshly brewed coffee and pastries.
  • California Grill: This restaurant features farm-to-table Californian cuisine, using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Their menu includes a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches, seafood, and steak.

WHERE TO DRINK:

  • Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co.: This local brewery focuses on crafting unique beers inspired by the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, which is located just outside of Watsonville. They offer a variety of beer styles, such as IPAs, stouts, and sours, along with seasonal and limited-release brews. The tasting room is a great place to sample their creations and learn more about the brewing process.
  • Corralitos Brewing Company: Although located in the nearby town of Corralitos, this brewery is just a short drive from Watsonville. Corralitos Brewing Company offers a selection of craft beers, including IPAs, pilsners, and stouts. Their dog-friendly beer garden is a popular spot for locals and visitors to enjoy a pint and socialize.
  • Beer Mule Bottle Shop & Pour House: Popular spot in Watsonville, California, for craft beer enthusiasts. This laid-back establishment offers a wide selection of beers on tap, as well as an extensive collection of bottles and cans available for purchase. Beer Mule focuses on providing a diverse range of options, showcasing local, regional, and international breweries.

THINGS TO DO

Watsonville, California, offers a variety of activities and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here are some things to do when visiting Watsonville:
  • Visit the Watsonville Wetlands: Explore the beautiful wetlands, a haven for birdwatching and wildlife observation. The Watsonville Wetlands Watch offers guided tours, walking trails, and educational programs.
  • Gizdich Ranch: A popular spot for berry picking, Gizdich Ranch allows visitors to pick their own strawberries, raspberries, olallieberries, and apples depending on the season. The ranch also has a charming pie shop where you can enjoy delicious homemade pies and other treats.
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Located just outside Watsonville, this ecological reserve is a great place for hiking, birdwatching, and observing wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Skydive Surfcity: For adrenaline-seekers, Skydive Surfcity offers tandem skydiving experiences with breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and surrounding areas.
  • Visit local breweries: Enjoy some craft beer at local breweries such as Elkhorn Slough Brewing.
  • Aviation Events: The Watsonville Airport hosts occasional aviation-related events, such as fly-ins, airshows, and other community gatherings, providing opportunities for visitors and locals to enjoy various aircraft displays and learn more about aviation.

Overview for Watsonville, CA

62,063 people live in Watsonville, where the median age is 30.7 and the average individual income is $23,539.44. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,063

Total Population

30.7 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$23,539.44

Average individual Income

Around Watsonville, CA

There's plenty to do around Watsonville, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
58
Bikeable
Bike Score
38
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Monterey Bay Farms Organic, Laura’s Sweet Side, and Bod-Construct.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 3.21 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.04 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.94 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.64 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.04 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.2 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Watsonville, CA

Watsonville has 16,883 households, with an average household size of 4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Watsonville do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,063 people call Watsonville home. The population density is 2,475.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,063

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

30.7

Median Age

49.6 / 50.4%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
16,883

Total Households

4

Average Household Size

$23,539.44

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Watsonville, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Watsonville. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Freedom Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Cesar E. Chavez Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Moreland Notre Dame School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
H. A. Hyde Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Mintie White Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Rolling Hills Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
T. S. MacQuiddy Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Diamond Technology Institute
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Ann Soldo Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Green Valley Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
Starlight Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available

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