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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  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
    A
Mountain View is a town in California with a population of 80,076. Mountain View is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Mountain View offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Mountain View there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Mountain View and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Mountain View are highly rated.
About Mountain View...
Population
80,076

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,079,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,103
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Mountain View 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
    111.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    17.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    54
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    355.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,950.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    125.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    23%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Mountain View

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$120,351
National
$55,322
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I moved from San Jose to Mountain View when I was five years old. From what I recall, it used to be an idyllic town inhabited by middle-class families. Two years later, Google made it the center of its headquarters. Ever since then, the price of living here has steadily risen. Corporate culture has taken over. Half of my friends have been forced to leave the state and the homelessness rates are worsening, all thanks to the ever-rising cost of living that the city refuses to take action against. Furthermore, the elitism is so rampant that one could almost smell it. In no way am I being hyperbolic when I say that the residents will judge you for not living extravagantly, even if you don't have the means to do so. One of my reasons to excel in college is so that I can stay as far away from here as possible. The conformism would only continue to stifle my potential. I’ll give two stars because of its sanctuary city status and appreciation for the minorities suffering from their greed.
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I live near downtown Mountain View, very close to the famous Castro Street where much of Mountain View's interesting shops and restaurants are located. Unfortunately, the restaurants have almost universally disappointing food (with some exceptions). I haven't lived in Mountain View very long (about seven months) but I do know that it's a prohibitively expensive place to live. It's a part of what is now called Silicon Valley, and so is inhabited mostly by engineers. Mountain View is very family-friendly, with monthly or bi-monthly open streets festivals with many activities for children. If I was looking to raise a family, this would be an amazing place.
Downtown "Castro Street" still has a local-free as many residents come downtown to access services. Parking doesn't feel like an issue. Excellent public transportation hub and short-connection to 2-highways and 1-major expressway. Pedestrian-friendly, sanitized street-maintain; MV City Council's dedication to Urban Design and Planning, beginning in 1981, had excellent foresight for continual population grown. Downtown's new buildings are required to fit into the footprint designed in the 1981 city street-scape improvement.