Ben Lomond

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Ben Lomond is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, and also the name of the mountain to the west. The population was 6,234 at the 2010 census.

Ben Lomond is located on State Highway 9, about 12 miles from Santa Cruz, California and 34 miles from San Jose, California (the nearest major city) at (37.09, -122.09). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2). The San Lorenzo River runs through it, in what is known locally as the San Lorenzo Valley, which runs SE/NW to the east of Ben Lomond Mountain (really a long ridge whose highest point has an elevation of 810m/2660ft). Loch Lomond is a reservoir built on Newell Creek.

The now-defunct Wagon Wheel Bar and Restaurant was where heavyweight boxer Jim Jeffreys trained in the 1940s.


The mountain was named by John Burns, a Scot who settled on the west side of the ridge in 1851. Burns named the mountain after one in Scotland. Ben Lomond means “beacon peak” in Gaelic. Burns became one of the first vintners in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and is usually also credited with naming the community of Bonny Doon. The San Lorenzo River watershed contains extensive forests of Coast redwood, and was an early center of the logging/lumber industry in Santa Cruz County. The community was originally known as Pacific Mills, after a sawmill operation located there. When, in 1887, the community applied for a U.S. Post Office, residents voted to adopt the name of the mountain.

Ben Lomond Demographics

Ben Lomond California U.S.
Median Household Income $68,467 $61,283 $51,660
Median Home Price $442,930 $342,040 $183,450
Cost Of Living- % of Nat Avg 152% 135% 100%
Unemployment 11% 12% 10%
Violent Crime Index- 1=lowest 3 6 4
DPY With Sun 262
DPY With Precipitation 76
Population 2,227
Ben Lomond Zillow Home Value Index


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