Mountain View, California

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Mountain View, California

Introduction to Mountain View, California

The California city of Mountain View, situated between the San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains, lies 10 miles north of San Jose and 35 miles south of San Francisco. Neighboring cities include Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale. The city's location within Santa Clara County makes it easily accessible to two international airports: San Jose International Airport (11 miles to the south) and San Francisco International Airport (25 miles to the north).

At the time of its incorporation in 1902, the city was an agricultural boomtown due to its rich soil and lush vineyards. After World War II, the electronic and aerospace industries became predominant in the area, and in the 1960s and 1970s several high-tech businesses migrated to the northern part of Santa Clara Valley, giving rise to the name "Silicon Valley" to describe the region. Mountain View was not immune to this effect, and its location in the heart of Silicon Valley led to a refocusing of the city's industrial base from agriculture to advanced technology, biotechnology and telecommunications.

Arts, Culture, and Attractions in Mountain View

The City of Mountain View is home to some of the finest recreational sites in the Bay Area. Shoreline Park is a 750-acre regional recreation and wildlife area which includes: an extensive waterway for water sport enthusiasts; a wildlife sanctuary featuring many rare migratory birds; a world class eighteen-hole championship-level golf course; a 25,000-person capacity Amphitheatre; a lakeside café and a full service restaurant. Followers of the performing arts will enjoy the city's Center for the Performing Arts (adjacent to City Hall), and book lovers can take advantage of Mountain View's state of the art 70,000 square foot library.

Downtown Mountain View is the location of several specialty shops, coffeehouses, bookstores, and sidewalk cafes. It is also the venue for annual events such as the Arts and Wine Festival, the Farmer's Market, the A La Carte & Art, and the city's summer concert series. Other cultural sites in Mountain View include the Computer History Museum, the Jehning Family Lock Museum, and the historic Huff House (built in 1929 by the first postmaster of Mountain View).

Nearby San Francisco is home to a wide and varied array of attractions, located less than 45 minutes away. Among these are the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Zoo, the Embarcadero Center, Chinatown, the Wells Fargo History Museum, the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, Alcatraz, the Cable Car Museum, and Fisherman's Wharf.

The Bay Area is home to many professional sports teams, playing in nearby San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Among these are the following:

  • National Football League (NFL): San Francisco 49'ers and Oakland Raiders
  • Basketball: NBA's Golden State Warriors
  • Major League Baseball: San Francisco Giants (NL) and Oakland Athletics (AL)
  • Minor League Baseball: San Jose Giants (SF Giants farm team)
  • AFL (Arena Football League): San Jose SaberCats
  • National Hockey League (NHL): San Jose Sharks
  • Major League Soccer (MLS): San Jose Earthquakes
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): San Francisco Dragons

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High Points

Mountain View strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mountain View Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Mountain View Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Mountain View College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Mountain View Racial Diversity
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Mountain View Walking and Biking to Work
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Mountain View Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 19% Mountain View Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Mountain View, California

Comparing Mountain View to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 9
Age of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Female Share of the Population 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
People Above Poverty 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Working at Home 8 6
Short Commute Times 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Housing Recently Built 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 7
Low Violent Crime 5 6

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Mountain View Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles W of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 94040, 94041, 94043
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94035, 94039, 94042
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.386
Longitude -122.082

Mountain View Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches
Distance 9.4 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
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 10.1 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
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Mountain View Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 70,708 100%
Male 36,523 51.7%
Female 34,185 48.3%
Under 18 12,696 18%
18+ 58,012 82%
65+ 7,416 10.5%
Median Age 34.6
Average Family Size 2.97
White 45,090 63.8%
African-American 1,789 2.5%
Asian 14,613 20.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 273 0.4%
Other 5,884 8.3%
Mixed Race 2,877 4.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 12,911 18.3%

Estimated Mountain View Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 69,276
Growth -1,432
Growth % -2%

Mountain View Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.6%
German 8.6%
English 7%
Irish 6.1%
Italian 4.2%
Russian 2.9%
US/American 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Polish 1.8%
Swedish 1.5%
European 1.3%
Norwegian 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Iranian 1%
Ukrainian 0.9%
British 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Portuguese 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Eastern European 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blossom Valley (94040)
Moffett Field (94035)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mountain View 70,708 $80,379
Cupertino 50,546 $109,455
East Palo Alto 29,506 $44,342
Los Altos 27,693 $148,201
Los Altos Hills 7,902 $181,865
Palo Alto 58,598 $117,574
Sunnyvale 131,760 $81,634

Mountain View Public Libraries

Mountain View Public Library
Mountain View, California
(650) 903-6335
Library Web Site

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Mountain View Hospitals

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(650) 940-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Mountain View

(As of 2005)
Castro @ High School
750 Castro St
Miramonte & Cuesta
809A Cuesta Blvd
1037-C El Monte Ave
Rengstorff & Middlefield
580 N Rengstorff Avenue
Safeway-Mountain View
1750 Miramonte Ave

Wal-mart in Mountain View

(As of 2006)
600 Showers Drive
(650) 917-0796
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Mountain View High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,677 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

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Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

Mountain View Colleges

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1. El Segundo, California 89.8   34.7% 9.5% 40.8% 23 $74,007 6% 16.4% 16,033 4.6% 42.9 0.8% 2.5
2. Redmond, Washington 89.5   30% 9.3% 52.9% 22 $78,430 6.4% 20.7% 45,256 5.3% 39.8 1.1% 1.8
3. Campbell, California 89   30.3% 9.7% 39.7% 27 $78,663 6.5% 27.2% 38,138 4.8% 32.9 0.6% 1.7
4. Kirkland, Washington 88.6   36.1% 10.2% 47.4% 23 $73,395 5.5% 14.7% 45,054 5.3% 37.3 0.7% 1.7
5. Morristown, New Jersey 88.5   38.6% 12.4% 39.3% 25 $66,419 5.5% 32.9% 18,544 11.5% 39.5 1% 7.1
6. Eatontown, New Jersey 86.1   33.5% 13.3% 33.5% 25 $69,397 6.8% 26.7% 14,008 5.7% 41.1 0.5% 2.5
7. Lexington, Kentucky 84.1   31.7% 10% 35.6% 20 $53,264 6.2% 19% 260,512 12.9% 39.2 0.8% 5
8. Seabrook, Texas 83.5   33.9% 5.7% 41.2% 28 $66,815 6.7% 11.1% 9,443 5.5% 22.9 0.9% 3.1
9. Temple Terrace, Florida 82.9   29.4% 11.9% 43.5% 24 $56,809 5.5% 19.5% 20,918 7.2% 38.6 0.5% 3.5
10. Little Canada, Minnesota 82.2   36.3% 12.9% 28% 22 $61,082 6.1% 14.6% 9,771 5.5% 35.8 0.5% 1.9
11. Farmington Hills, Michigan 79.3   29.6% 14.4% 47.9% 27 $88,138 6% 17.1% 82,111 4.1% 19.9 0.8% 1.8
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