Watsonville, CA

Census Place

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2020 Population
52,398
2.61% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
30.9
0.98% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.9%
6.16% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$61,496
10.9% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$500,300
7.78% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Watsonville, CA had a population of 52.4k people with a median age of 30.9 and a median household income of $61,496. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Watsonville, CA declined from 53,800 to 52,398, a −2.61% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,470 to $61,496, a 10.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Watsonville, CA are Other (Hispanic) (40.9%), White (Hispanic) (38.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (15%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.21%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.06%).

None of the households in Watsonville, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

76.2% of the residents in Watsonville, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Watsonville, CA are CET-Watsonville (93 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Watsonville, CA was $500,300, and the homeownership rate was 45%.

Most people in Watsonville, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Watsonville, CA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Watsonville, CA is home to a population of 52.4k people, from which 76.2% are citizens. As of 2020, 36.4% of Watsonville, CA residents were born outside of the country (19k people).

In 2018, there were 1.06 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (22k people) in Watsonville, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.7k White (Hispanic) and 8.06k White (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

76.2%
2020 Citizenship
76.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 76.2% of Watsonville, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Watsonville, CA was 76.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Watsonville, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    22k ± 1.91k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    20.7k ± 1.95k
  3. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.06k ± 728
81.7%
Hispanic Population
43.8k people

In 2018, there were 1.06 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (22k people) in Watsonville, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.7k White (Hispanic) and 8.06k White (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

81.7% of the people in Watsonville, CA are hispanic (43.8k people).

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Foreign-Born Population

36.4%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
19k people
36.5%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
19.6k people

As of 2020, 36.4% of Watsonville, CA residents (19k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Watsonville, CA was 36.5%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    349 ± 131
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    192 ± 100
  3. World War II
    121 ± 75

Watsonville, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Watsonville, CA employs 23k people. The largest industries in Watsonville, CA are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3,882 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,934 people), and Retail Trade (2,594 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($131,250), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($110,417), and Public Administration ($60,890).

Occupations

23k
2020 Value
± 1,434
−4.73%
1 Year decline
± 8.88%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Watsonville, CA declined at a rate of −4.73%, from 24.2k employees to 23k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Watsonville, CA, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3,281 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,657 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,000 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Watsonville, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

23k
2020 Value
± 1,434
−4.73%
1 Year decline
± 8.88%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Watsonville, CA declined at a rate of −4.73%, from 24.2k employees to 23k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Watsonville, CA, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3,882 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,934 people), and Retail Trade (2,594 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Watsonville, CA, though some of these residents may live in Watsonville, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$31,942
Median earning men ± $2,473
$28,169
Median earning women ± $2,675

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($63,854), Information ($48,929), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($48,715).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($59,943), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,875).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in California. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $407B
  2. $158B
  3. $149B

In 2020, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $407B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($158B) and Mixed freight ($149B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.26T
2020 Value in California
$4.61T
Projected 2050 Value in California
104% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $2.26T. This is expected to increase 104% to $4.61T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $83.5B
  2. $44.4B
  3. $43.3B

In 2020, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $83.5B, followed by Arizona with $44.4B and Ohio and $43.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Dianne Feinstein
Senator from California1
Assumed office on November 10, 1992
Elected to the seat to succeed John Seymour (California politician)|John Seymour, who had been appointed to the seat after Pete Wilson was elected Governor of California.
Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Watsonville, CA awarded 93 degrees. The student population of Watsonville, CA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 48 male students and 68 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Watsonville, CA are Hispanic or Latino (93 and 100%), followed by Asian (0 and 0%), Black or African American (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Watsonville, CA by number of degrees awarded are CET-Watsonville (93 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Watsonville, CA are Medical Assistant (30 and 32.3%), Medical Office Assistant (25 and 26.9%), and Building Construction Technology (17 and 18.3%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 1.74% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.99% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Some college (7.14M), High School or Equivalent (6.69M), and Bachelors Degree (6.15M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Watsonville, CA was $500,300 in 2020, which is 2.18 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $464,200 to $500,300, a 7.78% increase. The homeownership rate in Watsonville, CA is 45%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Watsonville, CA have an average commute time of 26.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Watsonville, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$500,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$26,566
$6,437
Median Property Taxes
±$709

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Watsonville, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Watsonville, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

45%
Homeownership
2020
65%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 45% of the housing units in Watsonville, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 43.2%.

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Income by Location

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The following map shows all of the places in Watsonville, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$61,496
Median Household Income
± $4,098
14.5k
Number of Households
± 944

In 2020, the median household income of the 14.5k households in Watsonville, CA grew to $61,496 from the previous year's value of $55,470.

The following chart displays the households in Watsonville, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Watsonville, CA is from California.
0.498
2020 Wage GINI in California
0.499
2019 Wage GINI in California

In 2020, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.321% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (70.6%)
  2. Carpooled (13.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.79%)

In 2020, 70.6% of workers in Watsonville, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13.5%) and those who worked at home (5.79%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

26.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Watsonville, CA have a shorter commute time (26.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.83% of the workforce in Watsonville, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Watsonville, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Watsonville, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Watsonville, CA (7.22k out of 52k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Watsonville, CA is Hispanic, followed by Other and White.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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90.2% of the population of Watsonville, CA has health coverage, with 35.2% on employee plans, 39% on Medicaid, 5.58% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 0.238% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in California was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Santa Cruz County, CA see 987 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.3% decrease from the previous year (1000 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1225 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 124 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in California, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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987 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Santa Cruz County, CA

Primary care physicians in Santa Cruz County, CA see an average of 987 patients per year. This represents a 1.3% decrease from the previous year (1,000 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Santa Cruz County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of California across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 32.2% under 18 years, 23.2% between 18 and 34 years, 34% between 35 and 64 years, and 10.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

9.79%
Uninsured
35.2%
Employer Coverage
39%
Medicaid
5.58%
Medicare
10.2%
Non-Group
0.238%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Watsonville, CA declined by 21.8% from 12.5% to 9.79%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Watsonville, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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