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Santa Cruz County Information

The census of 2013 recorded the population of the county and counted 62,864 people living there. The county is can be found in the Pacific Coast. The county seat is Santa Cruz and it comprises the Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metropolitan Area. The county was founded in 1866 and the total area is 607 square miles. The present-day site of Santa Cruz was the location of Spanish settlement beginning in 1791, including Mission Santa Cruz and the pueblo of Branciforte.  Following the Mexican American War of 1846–48, California became the 31st state in 1850.  The departments in the county office that look after the citizens are probation, emergency management, attorney, auditor, and Sheriff’s office.

The area codes in use for this county are: 408, 669, 831

Sheriff’s Office

The name of the Sheriff is Jim Hart and the address is 5200 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062 4-7800

The divisions in the Sheriff’s office are district attorney, assessor, emergency services, general services, jury, general services, human services, and counsel.

It is the mission of the Sheriff’s office to provide service, protection, and safety to all of its citizens and visitors. The service is impartial, fair, and just to the community.  

County Courthouse

The civil division in Santa Cruz is found at the Santa Cruz courthouse and they are the one that processes very civil matter that includes general civil, applications for name change, probation, and unlawful cases. Every restraining order are kept at the courthouse. For added information about restraining orders, check out the Restraining Order Division page. Small claims are compiled and done only at the Watsonville courthouse.

The mission of the Santa Cruz Superior Court is to preserve and protect the rights and ideals of society through the interpretation and enforcement of law, provide equal access to justice through quality service to the community by judicial officers and court staff and treat all participants in the judicial system with dignity and respect.

The mailing address is 701 Ocean Street, Room 110 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone number is 831-420-2200

Office hours are from 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday in Santa Cruz.

County Jail  

259 Water Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone number is 831-454-7800

Effective starting on Saturday, April 25th, 2015, the Main Jail’s visiting hours will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Visitors can call Jail Reception at (831) 454-7800, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., and 8:00 A.M.-3:00P.M. on Friday, to schedule a visit in accordance with the schedule below.   

Visits MUST be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance, but no sooner than 7 days in advance.    Scheduled visits may be cancelled by the Jail Watch Commander at any time due to emergencies or a change of circumstances requiring cancellation.

The letters in the chart, below, correspond to the specific housing unit.  Jail Reception can advise you in which housing unit the inmate you wish to visit is located.   

Day/Time8 am9 am10 am11 am12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm5 pm6 pm

The inmate you wish to visit must submit a VISITOR REQUEST FORM, with all visitors’ information.  It can take up to 10 days to complete background checks for each visitor.  Once the inmate’s visitor request form has been approved, visitors can call Jail Reception to schedule a visit.

Contact the Santa Cruz County Public Defender
Public defender’s provide: counsel upon arrest, representation during criminal investigative proceedings, interviewing witnesses, arrange bail, conduct pretrial discovery, withdraw pleas, suppression of evidence motions, jury selection, opening statements, legal research, and more
Name:Santa Cruz Public Defender
Address:2103 North Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, 95060
Hours:Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Santa Cruz County Probation Department
Probation officers hold offenders accountable by ensuring that financial restitution is being paid to victims and community service is completed. The probation department provides warrant searches, sex offender lookups, DWI conviction information, adult or youth misdemeanor and felony offense records.
Office:Santa Cruz County Probation Department
Location:PO Box 1812, Santa Cruz, California, 95061
Santa Cruz County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined523
Avg Daily Populationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable
Full time payroll130
Full time total employees130
Total salaries and wagesnot applicable
Other operating expendituresnot applicable
Total construction costsnot applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original constructionnot applicable
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitySANTA CRUZ COUNTY JAIL


Santa Cruz County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 2016144,525
Number Employed Annual Average, 2016134,554
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 20169,971
Unemployment Rate, 20166.9
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201564,841
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Santa Cruz County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 201440,480
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201515.4
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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