Life and Home in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz’s diverse population includes young and old, educated and athletic, scientific and humanistic, creative and pragmatic, hard-working and full of life… an eclectic, dynamic, cosmopolitan community.
Natural outdoor beauty
Our beautiful seashore and beaches, redwood-forested mountains, world-class university and famous arts, music, literary, and theater communities attract intriguing, energetic participants and dedicated fans.
Unique and creative businesses in design, engineering, and environmental technologies, our enmeshment with the Silicon Valley, and UC Santa Cruz’s internationally recognized science, humanities, and arts programs draw talented and imaginative people from around the world.
A great place to live and learn
The quality of life in Santa Cruz County is reflected in high national rankings of median income, education, recreational resources, culture, and natural environment. Newsweek honored Santa Cruz’s Pacific Collegiate as the best charter school in the U.S. Cabrillo Community College annually wins recognition for superior university preparation and excellence in workforce development.
A vibrant arts and sports scene
Shakespeare Santa Cruz continues to earn international recognition and excellent national reviews of its performances. Recently named the best place to surf in the world, our world-class surfing community competes with thousands of bicyclists, runners, skateboarders, snowboarders, and tri-athletes for attention in the local sports pages
We are your Chamber
The Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of our community, excited by its opportunities, and dedicated to its continued vitality. We are a non-profit organization, with members from a range of industries and organizations, who volunteer to make our community better for everyone working, living, and visiting Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz Chamber has been involved with building and growing our economy and community since 1889. In the last 120-plus years, our members have been involved with starting businesses and fostering industries, rebulding after devastating floods and earthquakes, advocating for highways to connect Santa Cruz to the rest of California, developing the area as a tourist destination, bringing a world-class university to the county, and working to protect our natural environment and quality of life.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Santa Cruz County community, and we hope the resources we provide on the Chamber website, the connections you make at our networking and community events, and the services you receive through our members will help you get the most from living in beautiful Santa Cruz County.
Events this Week and Beyond
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