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Brookdale Scotts Valley

100 Lockewood Lane, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

(877) 616-7329

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Fewer Chores, More FunDo you want to experience a retirement rich in exciting events, activities and programs and free from the burden of household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry and yard work? If that sounds like something you want for your life, we have good news. Your dream retirement...

Villa Fontana Retirement

5555 Prospect Road, San Jose, CA 95129

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Here at Villa Fontana Retirement we understand the importance of family. In fact this senior living facility is family owned, so they go from one family to another. Our property is recently remodeled and a beautiful place to live right here in San Jose, CA. We have been in business for 20 years...

Campbell Village

290 N San Tomas Aquino Rd, Campbell, CA 95008

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Campbell Village is owned by Premier Senior Care Group. A family operated company whose mission is to create a family-style atmosphere, providing quality care with compassion and understanding. We strive to assure our residents have a safe environment, healthy lifestyle and happiness.  ...

Merrill Gardens at Campbell

2115 South Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, CA 95008

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Merrill Gardens at Campbell is luxurious, modern and convenient. Take advantage of being connected to a wellness center in addition to free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Good Samaritan Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center are also nearby. Most apartments in this modern retirement home...

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Brookdale San Jose

1009 Blossom River Way, San Jose, CA 95123

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Experience the Good LifeWhile we are a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in San Jose, California, you might get the impression you stumbled upon a family reunion when you show up on our doorstep for the first time. Our team will greet you with warm smiles and you’ll hear the sound of...

Lincoln Glen Manor

2671 Plummer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

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Lincoln Glen Manor provides an assisted living community for seniors who are looking to be a part of all that San Jose, Santa Clara County, California has to offer. This community offers the memory care that seniors need along with a great location. The beautiful city of San Jose provides...

Atria Willow Glen

1660 Gaton Drive, San Jose, CA 95125

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Atria Willow Glen provides all the comforts of home in a resort-like community. Invite family and friends to enjoy a walk through courtyards with lush landscaping and koi ponds, or take an outing to nearby downtown San Jose. Atria Willow Glen offers easy access to shopping, banks, medical...

Oakmont of San Jose

917 Thornton Way, San Jose, CA 95128

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Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

1420 Curci Drive, San Jose, CA 95126

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Set in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood, Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen offers easy senior living in a modern building with large apartments. Enjoy the small-town feel and being within walking distance of outdoor cafes, coffee shops, boutiques and bookstores. The high-ceilinged, airy building...

Santana Terrace

190 Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050

(877) 616-7329

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Santana Terrace is a brand new Apartment community for Adults 55 and up, we are located only steps away from Santana Row and more! Our amazing community features amazing common areas to enjoy with your Family and Friends. Our amenities include a roof deck with BBQ grills, serene gardens, a pet...

Warburton Place

1675 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050

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The Westmont provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Built on beautiful grounds in a quiet corner of Santa Clara, you'll love the tasteful quality of our facilities while enjoying all the convenience of the nearby community. We're just minutes from shopping,...

Civic Center at Santa Clara

1375 Civic Center Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Golden Heritage Living

1275 North Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

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Golden Heritage Living is an assisted living situated in San Jose, California, meaning that our residents benefit from a Mediterranean-like climate with warm summers and mild winters. Our closeness to the city's center ensures convenient access to its amenities, while our multi-floor setting...

Redwood Villa

1981 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043

(877) 616-7329

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Redwood Villa is a happy, active, independent Retirement Facility. It has been owned and operated by the Cappelletti Family for over 30 years. Our restaurant style dining room serves three meals a day and provides a comfortable atmosphere with great food. You will appreciate the weekly...

Palo Alto Commons

4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306

(877) 616-7329

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Palo Alto Commons is family owned and has been operating since 1990. Providing premier assisted living, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and exclusive, specialized higher levels of care in a lovely, residential setting. A month to month rental structure allows for flexibility and peace of mind. Our...

Westmont of Morgan Hill

1160 Cochrane Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

(877) 616-7329

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Westmont of Morgan Hill is an assisted living community located in Morgan Hill, CA, in Santa Clara County and home to about 38,000 people. An area considered to be part of Silicon Valley, Morgan Hill has relaxing parklike settings, shops, stores, restaurants and new homes. Residents will be able...

Vi at Palo Alto

620 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

(877) 616-7329

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley California, Vi at Palo Alto is a Life Plan community, also known as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), situated on 23 lush acres of Stanford Property. Our assisted and independent living community offers a wide array of amenities and benefits to...

Westmont of Milpitas NOW OPEN

80 Cedar Way, Milpitas, CA 95035

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Merrill Gardens at Gilroy

7600 Isabella Way, Gilroy, CA 95020

(877) 616-7329

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Merrill Gardens at Gilroy is a gated senior community set on a tranquil five-acre tract near downtown Gilroy. Enjoy a plethora of relaxing activities and attractions — art and food festivals, boating, hiking areas, golf and shopping. The team provides a high level of services, including...

Brookdale Redwood City

485 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94063

(877) 616-7329

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Make the Most of Your Golden YearsOur warm and welcoming independent and assisted living community is nestled in one of the most scenic areas of the San Francisco Bay. With a convenient location between Palo Alto and San Mateo, you can embrace all the natural beauty and wonder California has to...

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Learn More About Independent Living in Santa Cruz, CA

A picturesque coastal California gem just south of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz offers many conveniences and attractions typical of a large urban center but still retains the charm of a beach town or seaside resort. An iconic amusement park, unique museums, diverse shopping and dining experiences, and several healthcare facilities combine to make Santa Cruz a well-rounded city with a wide variety of entertainment options. The region’s warm Mediterranean climate provides year-round opportunities to enjoy Santa Cruz to the fullest. Pristine beaches and natural areas, like Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, create all kinds of possibilities for residents to enjoy an active lifestyle — and Northern California’s wine country is never far away.

Independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — in Santa Cruz are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of Santa Cruz retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living in Santa Cruz, CA

The median monthly cost of independent living in 2019 was about $5,800 in the Santa Cruz area and $3,000 in the state of California.

Learn More About Santa Cruz, CA

Cost of Living

The total household expenses associated with living in Santa Cruz are rated nine points above the national average. Grocery and other essential costs are also rated above the average.

Index Scores

All index scores are based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates that the cost is twice as expensive as the national average, while a score of 50 indicates that the cost is half as expensive.

Household ExpensesHealth CareInsuranceEntertainmentGroceriesClothing109129102107106102

Income and Housing

Median Income Age 45-64Median Income Age 65+Median Household IncomeAverage Individual IncomeMedian Employee SalaryAverage Property TaxOne-bedroom Apartment Gross Rent Estimate$90,244 per year$54,913 per year$67,765 per year$35,608 per year$43,394 per year$5,835 per year$1,375 per month

Local Hospitals

The top hospitals that service Santa Cruz include:

Dominican Hospital

  • Facility type: faith-based, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 220+
  • Specialties: emergency care, ICU, joint replacement

Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 30+
  • Specialties: arthroscopy, joint replacement, spine surgery

Weather and Climate

Santa Cruz’s climate is classified as warm-summer Mediterranean, meaning the city experiences mild, wet winters and mostly dry summers. The average humidity level is 73%, and humidity levels are often highest during February at about 76%.

Seasonal Temperatures

January AverageJanuary MaximumJanuary Minimum51°F61°F40°F

July AverageJuly MaximumJuly Minimum64°F75°F53°F

Air Quality

  • Relative Air Quality Index: 101

This index is based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates twice the presence of air pollutants than the national average, while a score of 50 indicates half the presence.


  • Average annual precipitation: 31″

Demographics and Values

Population Statistics

Median AgePercent of Population Over 65PopulationPopulation DensityAverage Household Size3211.7%63,0544,949 per square mile2.4

Race & Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan NativeAsianBlackHispanic or LatinoNative Hawaiian or Pacific IslanderTwo or More RacesWhite (not Hispanic or Latino)0.4%9.8%1.9%21.1%0.2%5.9%62.6%

These figures were taken from the most recent U.S. Census.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

These scores were taken from the 2019 Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

  • Non-discrimination laws in San Jose: 30/30
  • Overall inclusivity: 100/100

2016 Presidential Election Results for Santa Cruz County


Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

Some of the most popular museums and historic sites in Santa Cruz include:

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
  • The Victorians of Walnut Avenue, Castro Adobe, Wilder Ranch State Park
  • Santa Cruz Wharf

Outdoor attractions in Santa Cruz:

  • Ocean View Park, Neary Lagoon Park, Harvey West Park, Seabright State Beach, Lighthouse Field State Beach
  • Moore Creek Preserve, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Neary Lagoon Park
  • UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Santa Cruz’s top entertainment destinations and shopping districts are:

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Regal Santa Cruz, Landmark’s Del Mar Theatre
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival, Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival, Monterey Birding Festival
  • San Lorenzo Park Plaza Shopping Center, Gateway Plaza


Santa Cruz METRO operates bus routes in Santa Cruz and neighboring cities, as well as an express bus to San Jose. For cyclists, Santa Cruz has many facilities catered to bike transit, such as lockers and racks throughout the city to make biking a viable option for transportation within the city. Taxis and rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, are also available in Santa Cruz.

Frequently asked questions about Independent Living facilities in California

There are 20 independent living facilities near Santa Cruz, California. See the full list.

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