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Watsonville, California
Downtown Watsonville
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of California
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of California
Coordinates: 36°55′12″N 121°45′49″W / 36.92, -121.76361
Country United States
State California
County Santa Cruz
Area
 - Total 6.5 sq mi (16.6 km²)
 - Land 6.4 sq mi (16.4 km²)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km²)
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 48,709
 - Density 6,810/sq mi (2,666.6/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 95076-95077
Area code(s) 831
FIPS code 06-83668
GNIS feature ID 1660138
Aerial view of the southern section of Watsonville and the Pajaro River
Aerial view of the southern section of Watsonville and the Pajaro River
Sunrise in an industrial area on Beach Street in Watsonville.
Sunrise in an industrial area on Beach Street in Watsonville.

Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 44,265 at the 2000 census. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 488 pixel Image in higher resolution (875 × 534 pixel, file size: 121 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (Photo by John Pilge, I am the author) Watsonville, California. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ...  PST or UTC-8 The Pacific Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Telephone area code 831 consists of Salinas, Hollister, Monterey, Santa Cruz and northern Central Coast, California. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Like neighboring Salinas in Monterey County, Watsonville produces a variety of fruits and vegetables, primarily strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and table mushrooms. Martinelli's, a producer of sparkling apple cider, is headquartered there, as are Driscoll's Strawberries, Sweet Darling Strawberries and West Marine. Nickname: Location of Salinas, California Country State County Monterey Government  - Mayor Dennis Donohue Area  - City 19 sq mi (49. ... Monterey County is a county located on the Pacific coast of California, its northwestern section forming the southern half of Monterey Bay. ... For other uses, see Fruit (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Vegetable (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Strawberry (disambiguation). ... This article is about the fruit. ... Cultivated raspberries The raspberry (plural, raspberries) is the edible fruit of a number of species of the genus Rubus. ... Binomial name Agaricus bisporus The button mushroom, also called the table mushroom, white mushroom, common mushroom, cultivated mushroom, and called champignon de Paris in France, is is one of the most widely cultivated mushrooms in the world. ... A bottle of Martinellis famous cider S. Martinelli & Company, better known by the brand name Martinellis, is a company based in Watsonville, California. ... Cider in a pint glass Cider (or cyder) is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. ... Driscolls is the brand name of Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. ... West Marine (WMAR on NASDAQ) is an American company based in Watsonville, California which operates a chain of boating supply and fishing retail stores. ...

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Geography

Watsonville is located at 36°55′12″N, 121°45′49″W (36.920054, -121.763725)[1].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.24%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Environmental features

The City of Watsonville has habitat areas that support the endangered species Santa Cruz Tarweed on the California coastal prairie ecosystem. Considerable population growth occurred since 1980, requiring preparation of a number of Environmental Impact Reports, with resultant development removing certain lands of the city from productive natural habitat. The Siberian Tiger is a subspecies of tiger that are critically endangered. ... The Santa Cruz Tarweed is an endangered plant endemic to certain coastal terraces in Northern California. ... California coastal prairie, also known as northern coastal grassland, is a grassland plant community of California and Oregon. ... An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is a document required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). ... Look up habitat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Most of the coastal land adjacent to Watsonville is part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, a designation championed by former Assemblyman Leon Panetta. Heading away from the coast, the backdrop features the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains, making this town a little "hideout", from Silicon Valley. The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California, United States. ... For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ...


The town is flanked by agricultural land all around its perimeter.


Climate

The National Weather Service cooperative station at the Watsonville Waterworks reports cool, relatively wet winters and mild, dry summers. Fog and low overcast is common in the night and morning hours, especially in the summer when warmer air from inland areas mixes with the cool, most air near Monterey Bay. The National Weather Service (NWS) is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. ...


January, normally the coldest month, has an average maximum of 59.9°F and an average minimum of 38.5°F. September, normally the warmest month, has an average maximum of 73.2°F and an average minimum of 51.7°F. There are an average of 4.9 days annually with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 13.5 days annually with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. Cool nights are common in the summer, due to the influence of chilly Monterey Bay. The record high temperature was 106°F on October 2, 1980. The record low temperature was 12°F on December 22, 1990.


Average annual rainfall is 22.41 inches, with measurable precipitation falling on an average of 61 days each year. The wettest year was 1983 with 48.35 inches and the dryest year was 1976 with 10.66 inches. The most rainfall in one month was 15.99 inches in February 1998. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 5.93 inches on February 14, 2000. Although significant snowfall occurs several times a year on the higher mountains nearby, measurable snowfall is a rarity along Monterey Bay.[2]


Demographics

Watsonville
Population by year [3]
Year Pop.
1860 398
1870 1,151
1880 1,799
1890 2,149
1900 3,528
1910 4,446
1920 5,013
1930 8,344
1940 8,937
1950 11,572
1960 13,293
1970 14,569
1980 23,543
1990 31,099
2000 44,265

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 44,265 people, 11,381 households, and 8,865 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,969.4 people per square mile (2,691.5/km²). There were 11,695 housing units at an average density of 1,841.3/sq mi (711.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 43.00% White, 0.75% African American, 1.74% Native American, 3.29% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 45.92% from other races, and 5.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.12% of the population, with the majority of these being of Mexican origin. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Watsonville is also known for a large Asian-American presence consisting of Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos despite the percentage of city residents as Asians has dropped since 1960. The Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos had residential sections and opened many businesses to serve their customer base in town during the mid 20th century. The history of east Asians in Watsonville dates back to the late 19th century and are involved in the local agricultural industry. After WWII as a result of Japanese-American internment, local farm companies began to attract Mexican migrant labor to the area in higher numbers and the town's racial-ethnic composition became more Hispanic in the 1980s and 1990's.[citation needed] An Asian American is generally defined as a person of Asian ancestry and American citizenship,[2][3][4] although may also be extended to include non-citizen resident Asians as well. ... Serving from 1999 to 2003, Army General Eric Shinseki of Hawaii became the first Asian American military chief of staff. ... In 1998, Benjamin J. Cayetano became the first Filipino American (and second Asian American after Governor George R. Ariyoshi) to be elected state Governor of the United States. ...


There were 11,381 households out of which 49.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.84 and the average family size was 4.26. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 15.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $37,617, and the median income for a family was $40,293. Males had a median income of $26,701 versus $22,225 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,205. About 15.4% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over. Income, generally defined, is the money that is received as a result of the normal business activities of an individual or a business. ... Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Politics

In the state legislature Watsonville is located in the 15th Senate District, represented by Republican Abel Maldonado, and in the 28th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Anna M. Caballero. Federally, Watsonville is located in California's 17th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +17[5] and is represented by Democrat Sam Farr. Californias Capitol, where the State Legislature meets California State Assembly chamber California state Senate chamber The California Legislature is the legislative branch of the state government of California. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... GOP redirects here. ... Abel Maldonado (born August 21, 1967) is a Republican U.S. politician, who is currently a California State Senator and a candidate for California State Controller. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... California congressional districts since 2003. ... The Cook Partisan Voting Index indicates how much more Democratic or Republican a district performs compared to the nation as a whole. ... Samuel Sam Farr (born July 4, 1941), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 17th District of California (map). ...


Media

Television

The Monterey/Salinas metro area is served by a variety of local television stations, and is the 124th largest designated market area (DMA) in the U.S. with 222,900 homes:

  • Channel 2: KOTR - (MNT) - Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz (Comcast Cable 11)
  • Channel 7 (cable-only): ABC 7 - (ABC) - Del Rey Oaks
  • Channel 8: KSBW - (NBC) - Salinas
  • Channel 15: KMUV - (Telemundo) - Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz (Simulcast of KSTS 48)
  • Channel 25: KCAH - (PBS) - Watsonville (Simulcast of San Jose's KTEH)
  • Channel 33: KDJT - (Telefutura) - Monterey
  • Channel 35: KCBA - (Fox Broadcasting Company) - Salinas
  • Channel 43: KMCE - (Azteca América) - Monterey/Salinas
  • Channel 46: KION - (CBS) - Salinas
  • Channel 67: KSMS - (Univision) - Monterey

The Monterey/Salinas area lost its American Broadcasting Company broadcast affiliate in 2000, when KNTV was purchased, and then became the NBC station for the San Francisco Oakland San Jose metropolitan area. KNTV, now known as NBC11, later moved its tower from Loma Prieta Peak to San Bruno Mountain, ceasing its coverage in Monterey. At that time, ABC reached an agreement with Comcast Cable to provide a slightly-customized feed of San Francisco ABC O&O KGO-TV for the Monterey area, branded simply as ABC 7 and occasionally referred to by the mock call letters AABC. KOTOR can refer to: King of the Ring Knights of the Old Republic Category: ... KGO-TV (ABC7) is an owned-and-operated television station of The Walt Disney Company-owned ABC, based in San Francisco, California. ... 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... KSBW is a television station in the United States and is the NBC affiliate for the Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, CA market, with studios in Salinas. ... This article is about the television network. ... KSMS-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Monterey, California, broadcasting locally on channel 67 as an affiliate of Univisión. ... Telemundo is an American television network based in Hialeah, Florida. ... For the airport with the same ICAO airport code, see Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport. ... KTEH is a public television station in San Jose, California, serving the San Francisco Bay Area as a PBS member station on channel 54. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... KTEH is a public television station in San Jose, California, serving the San Francisco Bay Area as a PBS member station on channel 54. ... TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by Univision with headquarters in Miami, Florida. ... KCBA is a FOX affiliate for the Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz, CA Market. ... FOX redirects here. ... KMCE-LP is an Azteca América affiliate serving the vicinity of Monterey, Salinas, and Santa Cruz, California. ... Azteca América is an American Spanish language broadcasting network which is jointly-owned by the Mexican television network TV Azteca and Pappas Telecasting. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... KSMS-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Monterey, California, broadcasting locally on channel 67 as an affiliate of Univisión. ... Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States and Puerto Rico. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... This article is about the television station. ... KNTV, (NBC11) is the NBC owned-and-operated television station in the San Francisco Bay Area market. ... Loma Prieta is a Northern California mountain with elevation 3791 feet and located at approximately 37. ... San Bruno Mountain lies south of San Francisco, CA in San Mateo County. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... KGO-TV (ABC7) is an owned-and-operated television station of The Walt Disney Company-owned ABC, based in San Francisco, California. ...


Radio

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Magazines

  • 831 Magazine (a reference to the 831 area code)[6]

Education

Public schools

Public schools in Watsonville fall under the jurisdiction of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.[7] The term public school has three distinct meanings: In the USA and Canada, elementary or secondary school supported and administered by state and local officials. ...


Elementary schools

  • Amesti Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Ann Soldo Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Bradley Elementary School: Grades K-6
  • Calabasas Elementary School: Grades K-6
  • H. A. Hyde Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • T. S. MacQuiddy Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Mintie White Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Ohlone Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Starlight Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Radcliff Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Landmark Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Hall District Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Salsipuedes Elementary school: Grades K-5

Middle schools

  • E. A. Hall Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • Lakeview Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • Pajaro Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • Rolling Hills Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • Cesar E. Chavez Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • Solano Summit Academy: Grades 6-8

High schools

  • Watsonville High School: Grades 9-12
  • New School Community Day: Grades 9-12
  • Pajaro Valley High School: Grades 9-12

Watsonville High School is a high school located in Watsonville, California in Santa Cruz County, and is part of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. ...

Charter

All charter schools in Watsonville are under the jurisdiction of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools in the United States that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each schools...

  • Academic/Vocational Charter Institute: Grades 10-12
  • Alianza Charter School: Grades K-8
  • Linscott Charter School: Grades K-8
  • Pacific Coast Charter School: Grades K-12
  • Watsonville Charter School of the Arts: Grades K-8

Private

  • Green Valley Christian School: Grades K-12
  • Moreland Notre Dame: Grades K-8
  • Monte Vista Christian: Grades 6-12
  • Mount Madonna School: Grades K-12
  • St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School: Grades 9-12

References

  1. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ Central California
  3. ^ Santa Cruz Public Libraries. [http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/weather/popstats.shtml Population Statistics for Santa Cruz County and Cities, 1850-2000]. Retrieved on 2006-11-22.
  4. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?. Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved on 2008-02-10.
  6. ^ [http://www.831mag.com/ 831 Magazine
  7. ^ Pajaro Valley Unified School District

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