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Overall Niche Grade
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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 126,209. 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 suburban mix 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
126,209

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$927,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,261
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Santa Clara Rankings

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

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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
    77.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    57.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    333.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,222.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    351.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 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
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    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
$116,257
National
$55,322
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Lived in Maywood Park since 2005. Our son grew up here. Santa Clara has a surprisingly provincial compared to neighbor Sunnyvale which feels busier, or Mountain View which is, like Palo Alto, rather more elitist. Santa Clara is just... friendly in comparison. Bland initially, it has improved over the years with more trees and better retail. Climate is perfect. Gets a bit polluted during winter, like the rest of the bay area. Cupertino schools are truly top notch. Feel exceedingly safe. Excellent city services. Houses go for 1.5M+ in my neighborhood, but very little inventory year over year. Traffic is the main neighborhood concern due to Apple commuters. However residential streets are not really affected just avenues. Love to walk and run daily through all local streets. Busier Palo Alto feels too urban and busy for that. Overall we feel very blessed and fortunate to have landed in southwest Santa Clara!
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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!
This is a boring city with an obtrusive city council that is more concerned about putting in laws to reach into your private life, such as smoking. Most landlords ask that you do not smoke but they take it one step further and make it criminal act that you can be sued for. Further, considering the many problems that plague this area, is this that important. Santa Clara, consistently invites in tons of jobs but has no possible way to house them and depends on San Jose to pick up the slack. Screw Santa Clara getting out of this expensive piss hole. Unless you are Indian, Asian or White, it is not diverse. Lastly, if you are cannabis smoker, stay out. The smoking ban also includes cannabis and since it is against the law to smoke outside then basically these bastards have made it near impossible to partake.