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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population78,827
Male Share of the Population52.9%
Female Share of the Population47.1%
Senior Citizens10.6%
Employed Population 16+44,306
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married49.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher65.7%
Median Earnings25+$74,768
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,110
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,188

Wealth

Median Family Income$127,900
% Above Poverty Level91.3%
% Below Poverty Level8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.6%
% Using Public Transportation6.7%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,912
Median House Value$973,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.3%
German9%
English7.5%
Irish6.2%
Italian3.9%
Russian2.7%
French Except Basque2.2%
Swedish1.7%
Polish1.5%
Dutch1.5%
Scottish1.2%
Norwegian1%
Danishn0.8%
Ukrainian0.8%
Iranian0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
African0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Turkish0.4%
Greek0.4%
Arab0.4%
Czech0.4%
Romanian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Israeli0.3%
Serbian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Latvian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Mountain View Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Clara County
Standard Zip Codes94040, 94041, 94043
P.O. Box Zip Codes94039, 94042, 94035
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.39
Approximate Longitude-122.07

Mountain View Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALO ALTO
Distance5.2 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp57 to 79 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip15.7 inches
StationNEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance9.4 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
StationSAN JOSE
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp42 to 59 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip15 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cupertino60,297$172,011
East Palo Alto29,353$55,953
Los Altos30,238$222,769
Los Altos Hills8,376$250
Palo Alto66,649$176,797
Sunnyvale149,596$127,865

Mountain View Public Libraries

Mountain View Public Library
585 FRANKLIN ST.
Mountain View, California
(650) 903-6335

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Mountain View Hospitals

El Camino Hospital
(Non-profit)
2500 Grant Road

Mountain View Public Schools

Alta Vista High
1325 Bryant Ave.
ZIP: 94040
High
Total Enrollment 113
Benjamin Bubb Elementary
525 Hans Ave.
ZIP: 94040
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Frank L. Huff Elementary
253 Martens Ave.
ZIP: 94040
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Isaac Newton Graham Middle
1175 Castro St.
ZIP: 94040
Middle
Total Enrollment 781
Mariano Castro Elementary
505 Escuela Ave.
ZIP: 94040
Primary
Total Enrollment 726
Mountain View High
3535 Truman Ave.
ZIP: 94040
High
Total Enrollment 1836
Springer Elementary
1120 Rose Ave.
ZIP: 94040
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Edith Landels Elementary
115 W. Dana St.
ZIP: 94041
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Crittenden Middle
1701 Rock St.
ZIP: 94043
Middle
Total Enrollment 603
Independent Study Program
1701 Rock St.
ZIP: 94043
Primary
Total Enrollment 13
Monta Loma Elementary
460 Thompson Ave.
ZIP: 94043
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Mvwsd Home & Hospital
750 San Pierre Way, Ste. A
ZIP: 94043
Primary
Slater Special Education Preschool
220 N. Whisman Rd.
ZIP: 94043
Stevenson Elementary
750b San Pierre Way
ZIP: 94043
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Theuerkauf Elementary
1625 San Luis Ave.
ZIP: 94043
Primary
Total Enrollment 416

Mountain View Private Schools

Sanyu Learning Center
1425 S Springer Rd
ZIP: 94040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
St Francis High School
1885 Miramonte Ave
ZIP: 94040
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1728
St Joseph Elementary School
1120 Miramonte Ave
ZIP: 94040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 219
St Paul Lutheran Child Development Center
1075 El Monte Ave
ZIP: 94040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Mountain View Academy
360 S Shoreline Blvd
ZIP: 94041
Secondary
Total Enrollment 147
St Stephen Lutheran School
320 Moorpark Way
ZIP: 94041
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
German International School Of Silicon Valley
310 Easy St
ZIP: 94043
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 338
Yew Chung International School (sv)
310 Easy St
ZIP: 94043
Elementary
Total Enrollment 102
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