Santa Clara, California, City and Educational Info

Information about Santa Clara

Santa Clara is located in Silicon Valley, 45 miles south of San Francisco. It was founded in the 1850s as a mission city, and the Mission Santa Clara de Asis is still in place today. It has a population of 122,000, based on 2014 U.S. Census data. Approximately 54% of residents (25 years or older) hold bachelor's degrees or higher. City residents are almost 38% Asian, 45% Caucasian and 19% Hispanic, as reported in the 2010 census.

Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, is based in Santa Clara, as is California's Great America amusement theme park. Santa Clara has an annual art and wine festival, numerous parks, a senior center and a golf and tennis center. Mean temperatures are around 50 degrees in winter and 70 degrees in summer.

Nearby San Francisco offers the Fisherman's Wharf, among other attractions, while the greater Bay Area is ripe with opportunities for swimming, surfing, camping, hiking and dozens of other outdoor activities.


Santa Clara is home to several colleges, universities and career schools. The oldest institution of higher education in California, Santa Clara University, is located here. Ranked second among regional universities in the West, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Santa Clara University is affiliated with the Jesuit society. It offers a variety of bachelor's degree programs and 14 graduate degrees, including a Juris Doctor program and Ph.D. options in theology and engineering.

A local community college, Mission College, provides technical and pre-baccalaureate training to almost 8,500 students. Golden Gate University-Silicon Valley and Western Seminary are also found in the city.

An additional variety of schools schools are located within 15 miles of Santa Clara, including San Jose City College and De Anza College. San Jose State University is about five miles away. It is ranked 39th among regional universities in the West, according to U.S. News. Stanford University is about 12 miles away and is ranked 4th among national universities by U.S. News.

Economy and Employment

Santa Clara and the surrounding area is a stronghold of high-tech innovation and production, hosting several top technology firms. Manufacturing companies such as Abbott Diagnostics, Agilent Technologies, Intel and NEC Corporation operate in the area. Other large employers in Santa Clara County include Net App Inc., Microsoft Corp and Apple.

Additional drivers of the economy include administrative, management and professional services and healthcare, education and social services. Santa Clara is serviced by nearby San Jose International Airport. The city also benefits from the Caltrain commuter train, which provides service to San Francisco and popular destinations for work and recreation.

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