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About the Community

Santa Cruz County boasts a rich cultural life and numerous recreational opportunities. Residents enjoy a moderate Mediterranean climate amid redwood forests, sparkling beaches and rich farmland. Local cultural highlights include the internationally renowned Cabrillo Music Festival, the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the critically acclaimed Cabrillo Stage, the College’s own summer theater company, which performs annually to sold-out audiences. Numerous museums and galleries showcase the work of visual artists who contribute to the cultural vitality of the area. Year-round outdoor recreational opportunities abound, and the area provides an ideal environment for sports of all types. A number of annual events celebrate the area’s ethnic and cultural diversity. The region combines the charm and relaxed lifestyle of a small coastal community with the advantages of cultural richness and easy access to resources in the nearby San Jose, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco areas. Information about the cost of living in Santa Cruz County may be found here:

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