Introduction to Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara was given its name from the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, one of the many missions that the Spanish created during their rule in California. Although the mission was founded in 1777, the city was not officially incorporated until 1852, about two years after California received statehood. The city is part of the San Jose metropolitan area which is contiguous with the San Francisco metropolitan area, making Santa Clara a component of one of the most heavily populated areas in the United States.

Santa Clara is located in the center of the Silicon Valley, northwest of San Jose, and 50 minutes southeast of San Francisco. The community is also home to several Fortune 1000 business headquarters. Some of the technology companies that call Santa Clara home include Intel and Sun Microsystems. Many other major high tech companies are located in surrounding Silicon Valley communities.

Santa Clara is convenient to freeways including the 101, 280 880 and more. Santa Clara is also only 10 minutes away from San Jose International Airport (SJC).

Santa Clara Arts and Entertainment

Santa Clara and surrounding communities possess many entertainment sources. Some of the most popular include:

  • Paramount's Great Adventure, amusement park.
  • The Triton Museum of Art.
  • The Intel Museum.
  • The Leavey Center.
  • The Santa Clara Convention Center.
  • The de Saisset Museum.
  • The world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.

In addition, the city is only a short drive away from the many other attractions in the communities of the Silicon Valley as well as San Francisco to the North.

Santa Clara also offers entertainment for sports lovers. In fact, the headquarters and practice facilities for the San Francisco 49ers are in Santa Clara. Other nearby professional sports teams include the NHL's San Jose Sharks and the MLB's San Francisco Giants. Santa Clara and nearby communities are also home to many amateur sports facilities. These include the Santa Clara Sporting Club, Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club and Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club. Santa Clara is also home to 38 municipal parks and playgrounds, and the championship Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club.


Total Population 121,374
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 61,407
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 52.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.7%
Median Earnings25+ $61,609
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,057
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,262


Median Family Income $114,020
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,774
Median House Value $673,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61.8%
US/American 0.3%
English 4%
Irish 5.2%

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

Santa Clara Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 3 miles W of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 95050, 95051, 95054
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95052, 95055, 95056
Company Zip Codes 95053
Phone Area Codes 408
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.354
Longitude -121.954

Santa Clara Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SAN JOSE
Distance 3.1 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
Distance 11.9 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 12.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,688 $112,135
Cupertino 60,171 $166,465
Milpitas 71,533 $102,497
San Jose 1,000,860 $93,781
Saratoga 30,817 $200,677
Sunnyvale 148,178 $123,996

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

Santa Clara Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 28.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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