Santa Cruz County, California, is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,382.The county
seat is Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County comprises the Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. The county
is located on the California Central Coast,south of the San Francisco Bay Area region. The county forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay, with Monterey County forming the southern coast.