Aptos, California

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Aptos is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 9,396 at the 2000 census.

Aptos is an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz county, consisting of several small communities. The combined population of the CDPs generally considered as parts of Aptos is around 25,000:

  • Aptos Village, the main business and commerce center on the northwest side of Hwy 1, between State Park Drive and Rio Del Mar Blvd.
  • Seacliff, northwest of Hwy 1, west of Spreckels drive
  • Rio Del Mar, south of Hwy 1, east of Spreckels, down to near Seascape Blvd.
  • Seascape, south west of Hwy 1
  • La Selva Beach, farthest southeast, also west of Hwy 1.
  • Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, Day Valley north/east of Hwy 1.



Aptos is located at 36°58′53″N 121°54′27″W / 36.98139°N 121.9075°W / 36.98139; -121.9075 (36.981500, -121.907432)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.2 km²), all of it land.

Aptos lies on San Andreas Fault, and it was close to the epicenter of 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Aptos is a hilly place, a lot of houses are on the hills. Aptos is also surrounded by higher mountains and forest


Aptos was named by Native Americans for the confluence of Aptos Creek and Valencia Creek. The name is Ohlone, meaning "the meeting of two creeks".[2] Aptos is pronounced "app-toss" by residents.

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