Community Profile

community profile


  • Full-service city water, sewer, refuse, recycling, transportation, parks and recreation, library, public safety
  • Class-2 Fire Department with 2 stations
  • 1 Police Department with 1 station and 3 police community centers ensuring low levels of crime
  • Health care: Watsonville Community Hospital, Mar Monte Clinic and Santa Cruz (Palo Alto) Medical Clinic
  • Quality, mixed-use housing developments and senior housing
  • Retail districts: Historic Downtown Watsonville, Watsonville Square, Overlook Shopping Center, Freedom Shopping Center, East Lake Village Center and Crossroads Shopping Center

Recreation, Cultural & Library Opportunities

  • 24 parks and recreational facilities, including 32 acre Ramsay Park, Pinto Lake Park, 800 acres of Wetlands of Watsonville, golf courses, indoor soccer arena, gym, tennis courts and cultural facilities
  • Cultural and recreational activities, including community art, dance and exercise classes, Independence Day Parade, annual Mother's Day 10k run; Watsonville Strawberry Festival on Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay Birding Festival and the weekly Watsonville Certified Farmer's Market
  • Main Watsonville Library, Freedom Branch, Opportunity to Read Literacy Program
  • Access to several beaches within a 10 mile drive
  • Wings Over Watsonville


  • The City of Watsonville is 95 miles South of San Francisco International Airport and 50 miles South of Mineta San Jose International Airport
  • Transportation Network: Watsonville Transit Center, Senior Network Services, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, easy access to Interstate 101, Pacific Coast Highway 1, and both Highways 152 and 129
  • Service by Union Pacific Railroad
  • 290 acre Watsonville Municipal Airport


  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District consists of 34 schools of which some have received California Distinguished School and Blue Ribbon awards.
  • 20 Universities and colleges within a 50 mile drive including UCSC (University of California-Santa Cruz), CSUMB (California State University-Monterey Bay) and SJSU (San Jose State University)