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Overview

Introduction to Cupertino, California

The suburban city of Cupertino is located in Northern California's Santa Clara County, about 10 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles southeast of San Francisco. Situated near the junction of Interstate I-280 and California State Highway 85, the city is also easily accessible to State Highway 17 and U.S. Route 101. Surrounding communities include Saratoga (to the south), Santa Clara (to the northeast), and Mountain View (to the northwest).

First known as West Side, the community acquired a new name in 1898 to distinguish it from other similarly named towns. The name Cupertino was chosen to match that of a local winery (which in turn had been named for a local creek), and for many years fruit agriculture was the community's primary industry. A post-World War II population boom led to Cupertino's incorporation in 1955, followed in the next decade by the opening of De Anza College and the following decade by the arrival of Apple Computer Corporation to the city. Still the headquarters of Apple, Cupertino today has since become home to many other high-technology electronics and computer firms and is sometimes referred to as the "heart" of Silicon Valley.

Events and Attractions in Cupertino

For outdoor recreation Cupertino offers more than 150 acres of parkland, and a variety of indoor recreation can be had at the Cupertino Sports Center. The city also hosts a number of annual events. The Annual Crab Feed, held each year in April at DeAnza College, is the city's largest community event and features a live auction along with all the crab you can eat. Another April event is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival which honors Cupertino's sister city of Toyokawa, Japan. The festival features a wide selection of Japanese food and beverages, live entertainment, cultural exhibits, and arts &crafts. The Lunar New Year Unity Parade, held every March, brings the city's broad spectrum of cultures together. The Moon Festival of Silicon Valley is a cultural fair that takes place in the Cupertino Memorial Park every September. The event is based on the traditional Chinese celebration of the full moon.

People

Total Population 59,787
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 25,799
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 65.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 75.6%
Median Earnings25+ $101,884
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,609
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,655

Wealth

Median Family Income $158,053
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.7%
Median Gross Rent $2
Median House Value $1

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 4%
Irish 3.7%

Cupertino Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 95014
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95015
Phone Area Codes 408
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.323
Longitude -122.031

Cupertino Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LOS GATOS
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 59 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 85 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 22.6 inches
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches
Station NEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cupertino, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Monte Vista (95014)

Permanente (95014)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,327 $103,539
Los Altos 29,762 $190,938
Mountain View 76,741 $119,081
Santa Clara 119,525 $109,672
Saratoga 30,627 $197,332
Sunnyvale 145,921 $117,982
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Cupertino High Schools

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MONTA VISTA HIGH
21840 MCCLELLAN ROAD
408-366-7600
Serves 2,312 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

HOMESTEAD HIGH
21370 HOMESTEAD ROAD
408-522-2500
Serves 1,823 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

CUPERTINO HIGH
10100 FINCH AVE.
408-366-7380
Serves 1,546 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

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