It is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines.
According to the latest census, it has a population of 52,202 people in 9,754 households.
This town has also established educational system subsidized by the local government, provincial government and of the National Government of the Philippines, as well as number of privately operated institutions, both religious organizations, foundations and individuals.
The Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic University (RMTU) - Sta. Cruz Campus is part of the RMTU SYstem operating in the whole Zambales Province
, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Educational Teaching and other courses.