Introduction to Milpitas, California

The California city of Milpitas is located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay in Santa Clara County, only 7 miles north of San Jose and about 46 miles southeast of San Francisco. Other neighboring cities include Sunnyvale (to the west) and Fremont (to the north). Seated just west of the foothills of the Diablo Range, Milpitas is serviced by California State Highway 237 with close access to Interstates I-680 and I-880. The city is only minutes away from San Jose International Airport and less than an hour from Oakland and San Francisco International Airports.

Milpitas, whose name in Spanish means "little cornfields", was until the mid-20th century primarily a farming and livestock community. Incorporated in 1954, Milpitas experienced a period of massive residential and shopping development lasting through the ensuing two decades. Between 1970 and the turn of the 21st century, the city's population increased ten-fold, largely due to the onset of high-tech computer industries populating the surrounding "Silicon Valley" area. Today the city is home to several of these high-tech corporations, including Solectron Corporation, Seagate Technology, Lifescan, Inc., and many others.

Milpitas Attractions

Milpitas is home to the Great Mall of the Bay Area. The largest enclosed outlet mall in Northern California, this complex offers more than 180 outlet stores, several full-service restaurants, a food court, and entertainment facilities. Outdoor recreation in the city can be found at more than 20 parks, the largest of which is Ed R. Levin County Park. One of the county's most unique regional park and recreation areas, this popular venue offers traditional park activities such as picnicking and fishing, and also includes a complex trail system more typical of large regional wilderness parks. The Milpitas Arts and Wine Festival is an annual event held every August, at which many different types of visual and performing arts can be enjoyed along with samplings of both Californian and non-regional wines. There are also plenty of attractions to enjoy in the neighboring city of San Jose, including the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Tech Museum of Science & Innovation, and the San Jose Historical Museum, among many others.


Total Population 69,346
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 33,292
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.4%
Median Earnings25+ $48,161
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,056
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,910


Median Family Income $102,005
% Above Poverty Level 92.5%
% Below Poverty Level 7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 15.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,803
Median House Value $547,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.5%
US/American 0%
English 2.3%
Irish 2.9%

Milpitas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles N of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 95035
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95036
Phone Area Codes 408
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.428
Longitude -121.905

Milpitas Climate

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

Station SAN JOSE
Distance 4.3 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
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 42 to 73 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 79 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,327 $103,539
Cupertino 59,787 $158,053
Fremont 221,654 $112,347
San Jose 986,320 $92,379
Santa Clara 119,525 $109,672
Sunnyvale 145,921 $117,982
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Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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