A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$673,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,774
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

Santa Clara Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    52
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    16
    41
  • Robbery
    57
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    472
    525
  • Theft
    2,103
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    322
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$98,914
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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The city of Santa Clara has provided our family with many opportunities within the community. The schools within the Santa Clara Unified School District, especially Laurelwood Elementary School, have given our family lifetime friendships and allowed us to become active members within our community. We have been involved in running many events at the local schools such as California History Day, Ice Cream Social, The Nutcracker play and the school's Walk-a-thon fundraiser. To keep our local community together, in 2007 our family started holding an annual Backyard BBQ Talent Show for the local friends and residents. With my rewarding 12 plus years of volunteering in the local schools and hosting local events, I have finally found my true calling, to become an elementary school teacher!
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Santa Clara is truly a unique city, on all facets and measures. With a vibrantly diverse community, excellent schooling systems, and a superior economic market, Santa Clara is definitely one of the most desirable cities to live in, in the nation. With tech headquarters like Nvidia and Intel, and the San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara is a hub for sports entertainment and innovation. The city is a gem in that it's also an amazingly attractive location for both families and singles, something that's hard to accomplish. In the realm of academics, both of Santa Clara's public high schools have been consistently ranked by U.S. News as ranking in the top tier of high schools nationwide. Santa Clara also thrives on higher education, heralding its renowned Santa Clara University, as well as satellite campuses for UC Santa Cruz. Overall, Santa Clara boasts one of the most diverse, healthiest, and outgoing communities in America, hands down.
Not a very large city, close to everything, love the family businesses that used to thrive in the city. Ever since housing costs increased, too many new apartment buildings have been built and caused an influx of people and traffic. Several family businesses have closed down due to the increasing costs. Expansion of roads would be great. Hopefully construction slows down all over the city. The city is getting so crowded. Despite this, the city will always have a place in my heart!