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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
    A-
Santa Clara is a city in California with a population of 124,635. Santa Clara is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Santa Clara offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Santa Clara there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Santa Clara and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Santa Clara are highly rated.
About Santa Clara...
Population
124,635

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$831,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,096
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Santa Clara Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    74.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    64.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    319.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,203.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    313.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Santa Clara

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$108,609
National
$55,322
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Santa Clara Reviews

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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 an excellent city! Safety, cleanliness, community, and friendliness are just some of the words to describe this amazing city! Santa Clara is within the heart of the Silicon Valley, located in the heart of all tech companies, and an easy travel destination with three major international airports within 30 minutes.
All my life I have lived in Santa Clara, and I am truly blessed. Santa Clara is perfect for people who like doing activities with friends and family without the actual trouble. In Santa Clara, there is everything you could ever need or want. There's never nothing to do in Santa Clara. Here we have local swimming pools, a local amusement park, family friendly activities run by the city, local grocery stores and more. The local schools here are also really good. Personally, I have attended Washington Open Elementary, Bucsher Middle School, and Wilcox High School. The day time here is very calm and light. As for the night time it is very quite, but not too quite as there can be family barbecues within the neighborhood or the neighbors that like to listen to music but in a manner where it's enjoyable. Everyone here is super nice and friendly.