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Rich Block, Poor Block: How Do Neighborhoods In Santa Cruz Compare?

What are the annual median household incomes in different parts of town?

Drive through Santa Cruz and you might notice that some neighborhoods are more affluent than others. But just how wide is the disparity between different parts of town?

A new data-based website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks provides some answers to that question. The site uses U.S. census information compiled from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract.

Are you surprised by any of the local data? Tell us in the comments section.

Surprisingly, the highest neighborhoods in Santa Cruz are the blocks below DeLaveaga Golf Course, known as the "Banana Belt." They have annual incomes of $118,000.

On the upper Westside, the household incomes range from $74,000 to $88,000 annually.

In the census tract covering part of downtown and Beach Flats, households make $33,000 annually.

The neighborhoods between West Cliff Drive and Mission Street report annual incomes of $74,000 to $81,000.

Homes in the Seabright neighborhood report annual median incomes of $54,000 to $59,000.

The range for median household income in California is $28,000 to $125,000 a year. The statewide middle-class income range is $53,264 to $68,300.

To see the data mapped out census tract by census tract, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.

Ralph March 28, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Why don't you just give the burglars a map to the houses. If burglarizes do go up in these areas I hope the residents SUE for it.
Don Gateley March 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Street grid too faint to see. Terrible map.
John Colby March 29, 2013 at 12:43 AM
The City of Santa Cruz has been misusing HUD grants to concentrate affordable housing projects in the poorest neighborhoods in Santa Cruz.
Maxine Adams March 29, 2013 at 04:37 AM
HUD grants are paying for the Tannery. On that topic, I wonder if the income figures accessed for the compilation includes the values of the housing vouchers, benefit cards (food stamps), W.I.C., energy assistance grants, etc.
Jeremy MacDonald March 29, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Coming next week: a map, showing the most useless local govenmernt agencies, listed by costs to the public. Scintillating stuff!

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