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.


Total Population 77,973
Male Share of the Population 52.6%
Female Share of the Population 47.4%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 43,441
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.7%
Median Earnings25+ $73,403
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,322
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,458


Median Family Income $124,398
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.5%
% Using Public Transportation 6%


People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,778
Median House Value $882,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 7.2%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Cupertino 60,171 $166,465
East Palo Alto 29,198 $51,685
Los Altos 30,075 $208,586
Los Altos Hills 8,314 $250
Palo Alto 66,478 $175,336
Sunnyvale 148,178 $123,996

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mountain View Public Libraries

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

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Mountain View Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(650) 940-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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

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Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

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Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

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