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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B
Santa Clara County is located in California with a population of 1,911,226. Santa Clara County is one of the best places to live in California. In Santa Clara County, most residents own their homes. In Santa Clara County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Santa Clara County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Santa Clara County are highly rated.
Population
1,911,226

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$829,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,955
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Santa Clara County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    153.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    40
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    354.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,427.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    537.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Santa Clara County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,761
National
$55,322

Santa Clara County Reviews

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Santa Clara County is filled with a lot of really intelligent people. That being said, because so many smart people work here, the house affordability is very much not affordable. However, the schools and other educational institutions are some of the best! They definitely prepare students for college and beyond.
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I love the diversity along with the enormous array of food choices to eat. Living on the east coast was a complete 360 degree. People were mostly white or black, no diversity where I was living.
In addition, restaurant choices were not abundant. I love California! When I came out here due to my father retiring from the army I was shocked at how different life was opposed to Virginia living. Furthermore the weather is fantastic. In Virginia summer meant humidity, very sticky and gross is what I remember. California weather is perfect, I love the sun beaming on my skin.
Santa Clara County is all about amazing opportunities! We are in the heart of the Silicon Valley which has established many great companies such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and so much more! The community is friendly, outgoing, and safe! We are an approachable community and always willing to help others when needed.