Located in Santa Clara County, California, the city of Santa Clara is situated 45 miles southeast of San Francisco. Part of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is home to several high-tech companies as well as the San Francisco 49ers.
Santa Clara is bordered by the cites of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. The city covers an area of 18.4 square miles with the following zip codes: 95050 – 95056 (zip code boundary map).
The center of the Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is in a strategic regional location convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, expressways, light rail and other public transportation.
City amenities include an award-winning Convention Center, Community Recreation Center, International Swim Center, Youth Activity Center, Senior Center, abundant retail shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities.
Santa Clare is home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, George F. Haines International Swim Center, Triton Museum of Art, the 49ers Football Training Center and Levi’s Stadium to open sometime in 2014.
Like most of the San Francisco bay area, Santa Clara has a subtropical Mediterranean climate and gets around 14 inches of rain per year and no snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 54. On average, there are 261 sunny days per year with July highs around 82 degrees and January lows around 39 degrees.
As of 2012, the population of Santa Clara is 116,468 with 6,327 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 34.2. 44.41% of people are married and 9.04% are divorced. The average household size is 2.64 people. 39.08% of people are married with children and 8.84% have children, but are single.
Real Estate & Housing
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The median home value in in the city is $563,400. The median age of Santa Clara real estate is 41 years. Renters make up 51.55% of the population and 4.71% of houses and apartments are unoccupied (vacancy rate). Owner-occupied housing units by value:
- Less Than $20,000 0.09%
- $20,000 to $39,999 0.28%
- $40,000 to $59,999 0.38%
- $60,000 to $79,999 0.37%
- $80,000 to $99,999 0.18%
- $100,000 to $149,999 0.64%
- $150,000 to $199,999 1.15%
- $200,000 to $299,999 6.28%
- $300,000 to $399,999 13.02%
- $400,000 to $499,999 21.23%
- $500,000 to $749,999 39.43%
- $750,000 to $999,999 11.41%
- $1,000,000 or more 5.53%
With 19.3 square miles of tree-lined neighborhoods and thriving commercial/industrial centers, Santa Clara is an ideal location for new, relocating, or expanding businesses. The unemployment rate in Santa Clara, is 9.10%, with job growth of 1.75%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 34.40%. The city sales tax rate is 8.25% and income tax is 4.00%. The income per capita is $37,201, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $81,664.
The following companies are headquartered in Santa Clara: Affymetrix, Agilent Technologies, Applied Materials, Atheros, Extreme Networks, Intel, Intevac, McAfee, National Semiconductor, Nvidia, OmniVision Technologies, Palo Alto Networks, PMC-Sierra, Rovi, Synaptics, Marvell Technology Group and Trident Microsystems.
Top private employers in the city include:
- Applied Materials 8,500
- Intel 7,001
- Texas Instruments 3,500
- California’s Great America 2,500
- EMC Corporation 1,338
- Santa Clara University 1,200
- Macy’s 1,200
- Agilent 1,000
Estimated households by household income:
- Income Less Than 15K 6.44%
- Income between 15K and 25K 5.03%
- Income between 25K and 35K 6.05%
- Income between 35K and 50K 10.26%
- Income between 50K and 75K 17.84%
- Income between 75K and 100K 16.22%
- Income between 100K and 150K 20.81%
- Income between 150K and 250K 12.80%
- Income between 250K and 500K 4.19%
- Income greater than 500K 0.36%
Schools & Education
The city is served by the Santa Clara Unified School District and is home to nineteen K-8, elementary, and high schools. Schools spend $5,247 per student. There are 22 pupils per teacher, 2,177 students per librarian, and 715 children per counselor.
- List of Public Schools (Great Schools.org)
- Colleges and or universities in or near Santa Clara
Things to Do in the Area
The average one-way commute in Santa ClaraThe average one-way commute in Santa Clara, CA, takes 24 minutes. 78% of commuters drive their own car alone. 9% carpool with others. 3% take mass transit and 3% work from home.