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Civics 56
Demographics 36
Economy 48
Education 63
Health 68
Housing 54
Infrastructure 61

#56. Santa Cruz, CA

On the north edge of Monterey Bay along the Pacific Ocean is Santa Cruz, home to water sports activities like paddle boarding, sailing and surfing. Agriculture, technology and tourism are major economic sectors, and students can attend the University of California, Santa Cruz. Redwood forests and walking trails are attractions for outdoor enthusiasts, and the downtown district has a variety of interesting restaurants and unique stores.

Read more about why Santa Cruz is a Top 100 Best Place to Live.

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