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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 Population60,171
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+25,811
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married66.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher76%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$166,465
% Above Poverty Level96.3%
% Below Poverty Level3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone18%
Median Gross Rent$2,437
Median House Value$1,140,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)70.4%
US/American0.1%
English4%
Irish3.2%

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

Cupertino Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City7 miles W of San Jose, California
CountySanta Clara
Standard Zip Codes95014
P.O. Box Zip Codes95015
Phone Area Codes408
Time ZonePacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude37.323
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)

StationLOS GATOS
Distance7.1 miles
Jan Temp39 to 59 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 85 F
Oct Temp49 to 76 F
Annual Precip22.6 inches
StationSAN JOSE
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp42 to 59 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip15 inches
StationNEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 68 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp54 to 74 F
Annual Precip14.8 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Campbell40,688$112,135
Los Altos30,075$208,586
Mountain View77,973$124,398
Santa Clara121,374$114,020
Saratoga30,817$200,677
Sunnyvale148,178$123,996

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

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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

Cupertino Colleges

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