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Overview

Introduction to Sunnyvale, California

Sunnyvale was incorporated in 1912 and is in the metropolitan area including San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara has a population of about 1.7 million people. Sunnyvale is located 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. It is 4 miles from San Francisco Bay and 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

When the Spanish first arrived in the late 1700s, Ohlone Indians populated the Santa Clara Valley, in which present day Sunnyvale is located. The valley is also now referred to as "Silicon Valley." In the 1870s, a wheat economy gave way to one based on fruit, aided by the innovation of refrigerated rail cars. In 1905, marine steam engines were produced here, the region's first non-agriculture product. The transition to high tech began during World War II. However, the term Silicon Valley was not used to describe the area until 1971.

In July the average daily high is 79 degrees while the average daily low temperature is 57 degrees. In January the average daily high temperature is 58 degrees. The January average daily low is 40 degrees.

Sunnyvale, being one of the larger cities in the Silicon Valley, is where the following Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters:

  • Advanced Micro Devices.
  • Yahoo.
  • SanDisk.
  • Spansion.
  • Maxim.
  • Network Appliance.

Arts and Leisure

Leisure opportunities include not only cultural and historical ones, but also, after travelling a short distance, spectator sports as well:

  • The Asian Art Museum.
  • The Sunnyvale Community Players.
  • The Sunnyvale Singers.
  • The Sands Mechanical Museum.
  • The Lace Museum.
  • The Sunnyvale Historical Museum.
  • The Iron Man Museum.
  • Many cultural institutions in the greater San Francisco metropolitan area.
  • Sports teams in greater San Francisco.
  • Minor league baseball, arena football, and other sports in nearby San Jose.

Demographics

People

Total Population149,596
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+76,172
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married58.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher61.6%
Median Earnings25+$75,966
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,564
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,929

Wealth

Median Family Income$127,865
% Above Poverty Level93%
% Below Poverty Level7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation6.3%

Housing

People Living Alone23.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,949
Median House Value$859,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)65.1%
German6.3%
English4.7%
Irish4.2%
Italian2.6%
French Except Basque1.9%
Polish1.2%
Russian1.2%
Scottish1%
Norwegian0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
Israeli0.6%
Arab0.6%
Iranian0.6%
African0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Greek0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Czech0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
US/American0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
South African0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
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Sunnyvale Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Clara County
Standard Zip Codes94085, 94086, 94087, 94089
P.O. Box Zip Codes94088
Phone Area Codes408,669,510,650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.38
Approximate Longitude-122.01

Sunnyvale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSAN JOSE
Distance7.4 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)
Distance10.2 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 GREGORIO 2 SE
Distance18.8 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp43 to 62 F
Jul Temp51 to 70 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip29.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cupertino60,297$172,011
Los Altos30,238$222,769
Los Altos Hills8,376$250
Mountain View78,827$127,900
Santa Clara122,725$118,840
Saratoga30,830$195,869

Sunnyvale Public Libraries

Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W. OLIVE AVE.
Sunnyvale, California
(408) 730-7314

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Sunnyvale Public Schools

Bishop Elementary
450 N. Sunnyvale Ave.
ZIP: 94085
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Columbia Middle
739 Morse Ave.
ZIP: 94085
Middle
Total Enrollment 730
San Miguel Elementary
777 San Miguel Ave.
ZIP: 94085
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Summit Public School: Denali
495 Mercury Dr.
ZIP: 94085
Other
Total Enrollment 207
Vargas Elementary
1054 Carson Dr.
ZIP: 94086
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Ellis Elementary
550 E. Olive Ave.
ZIP: 94086
Primary
Total Enrollment 823
Braly Elementary
675 Gail Ave.
ZIP: 94086
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Ponderosa Elementary
804 Ponderosa Ave.
ZIP: 94086
Primary
Total Enrollment 570
Cumberland Elementary
824 Cumberland Ave.
ZIP: 94087
Primary
Total Enrollment 746
Louis E. Stocklmeir Elementary
592 Dunholme Way
ZIP: 94087
Primary
Total Enrollment 1211
Cherry Chase Elementary
1138 Heatherstone Way
ZIP: 94087
Primary
Total Enrollment 871
Marian A. Peterson Middle
1380 Rosalia Ave.
ZIP: 94087
Middle
Total Enrollment 898
Cupertino Middle
1650 S. Bernardo Ave.
ZIP: 94087
Middle
Total Enrollment 1434
North County Regional Occupational Program
589 W. Fremont Ave.
ZIP: 94087
High
Fremont High
1279 Sunnyvale-saratoga Rd.
ZIP: 94087
High
Total Enrollment 1965
Community Day
589 W. Fremont Ave.
ZIP: 94087
High
Total Enrollment 13
Chester W. Nimitz Elementary
545 E. Cheyenne Dr.
ZIP: 94087
Primary
Total Enrollment 733
West Valley Elementary
1635 Belleville Way
ZIP: 94087
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Sunnyvale Middle
1080 Mango Ave.
ZIP: 94087
Middle
Total Enrollment 1153
Fairwood Elementary
1110 Fairwood Ave.
ZIP: 94089
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
Lakewood Elementary
750 Lakechime Dr.
ZIP: 94089
Primary
Total Enrollment 457

Sunnyvale Private Schools

Rainbow Montessori
790 E Duane Ave
ZIP: 94085
Elementary
Total Enrollment 446
Lamb-o Academy
542 Lakeside Drive Ste 5
ZIP: 94085
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
The King's Academy
562 N Britton Ave
ZIP: 94085
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 915
Sunnyvale Christian School
445 S Mary Ave
ZIP: 94086
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Catholic Schools Of Sunnyvale - St Cyprian
195 Leota Ave
ZIP: 94086
Elementary
Total Enrollment 151
Catholic Schools Of Sunnyvale - St Martin
597 Central Ave
ZIP: 94086
Elementary
Total Enrollment 166
Triumphant Learning Center
420 Carroll St
ZIP: 94086
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Stratford School - Sunnyvale Washington Park
820 W Mc Kinley Ave
ZIP: 94086
Elementary
Total Enrollment 247
Resurrection School
1395 Hollenbeck Ave
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School
1030 Astoria Dr
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Silicon Valley Academy
1095 Dunford Way Ste 400 Building C
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
Stratford School - Sunnyvale De Anza Park
1196 Lime Dr
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 262
French American School Of Silicon Valley
1522 Lewiston Dr
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 112
Appleseed Montessori School - Dunford
1095 Dunford Way Ste 500
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Appleseed Montessori School - Warner
1302 Warner Ave
ZIP: 94087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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