Santa Clara, CA

Population: 122,725

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  • Santa Clara has a Livability Score of 77/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Santa Clara crime rates are 3% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Santa Clara is 35% higher than the California average
  • Santa Clara real estate prices are 79% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Santa Clara are 48% higher than the California average

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      Santa Clara, CA

      Santa Clara city in California is one of the most populated cities in the San Francisco Bay area. Located in Silicon Valley, the town is a technological hub, hosting some of the Fortune 1000 companies like Intel and Sun Microsystems. It has world-class comforts, including freeways, an international airport, arts and entertainment facilities, schools, and universities.

      If you ever plan to visit Santa Clara, expect a Mediterranean climate all year round. It’s the ideal weather to tour some notable attractions, including the Santa Clara University which is the oldest highest learning institution in California. Get to learn about American Indian history at the Triton Museum of Art.

      Better still; enjoy a trip to the Great America Amusement Park. Buy your tickets from Costco for a discounted seasonal pass between March and October. Other notable sites include Kuma Trapped! Escape Room for a thrilling gaming session with family and friends.

      Are you planning to relocate to Santa Clara? Note that the cost of living in Santa Clara is above the national and state average. A typical one-bedroom apartment goes for a minimum of $1,500 per month. The utility costs vary per family size, but are still more expensive than the average city. Santa Clara neighborhoods have low crime rates. In particular, Prunridge Avenue and Bower’s Avenue are popular with families with children.

      Parents with school-going children have access to three high schools, two middle schools, and 16 elementary schools. Each class has an average of 30 students. Other learning institutions include universities and schools for children with special needs.

      The town is also home to the San Francisco 49ers team that plays in the National Football League. The club boasts of 5 Super Bowl titles and 7 National Football Conference championships. See their collections at the 49ers Museum in the Levi’s Stadium. This stadium has a 75,000 capacity able to host the FIFA World Cup and the Super Bowl. Other sports facilities include the Buck Shaw Stadium with an 11,500 capacity for soccer.

      Are you looking for a taste of exotic food in Santa Clara? Get to the Lawrence Square Shopping Center, which is the unofficial Koreatown. Here, you’ll sample some authentic Korean food, including snow ice and Korean barbeque. Other eateries include sports bars, Steakhouses, seafood restaurants, and Mongolian hotels.

      Finally, getting around Santa Clara city is quite easy. You can register your car within 20 days of your arrival in the town and opt for self-drive. But, if you prefer using public transport, three commuter trains are serving all parts of Santa Clara, including the San Francisco to San Jose route with stops in every city along its way. Second, charter buses, minibuses, and shuttles offer courteous transport for group trips to all the famous attractions. Or, you can rent a bike and embark on a biking trail through all the city’s landmarks.

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      Santa Clara, CA - A Mix of Modern and Historic

      Attractions7/10
      Community4/10
      Nightlife4/10
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      Shopping8/10
      Although I had visited Silicon Valley on numervous occassion, I never had the chance to stop at Santa Clara. Last year, during a road trip, I finally got a chance on my way to San Jose. The city of Santa Clara offers a mix of modern and historic buildings, without pretentious displays of modernity, which is the hallmark of Silicon Valley buildings. There is not much to see in Santa Clara as far as attractions go, but Santa Clara is home to the Great America Theme Park. Its not the biggest theme park in the world, but does have a great kids area and water park.

      There are several nice restaurants in downtown Santa Clara. Although, these restaurants serve great food but there doesn't seem to be a lot of variety. Mostly, as one would expect, restaurants offered either Mexican or American dishes. Later, one of my colleagues in San Jose confirmed this. She has a brother living in Santa Clara, who is also not impressed by the gourmet selection. Nevertheless, the highlight of my trip was a visit to bird sanctuary where I witnessed the borrowing owl. It is an endangered species which uses burrows, excavated by squirrels. Nearby there was also a nice shop selling clothing worn by Hollywood superstars. I got one Jacket for $170 which was originally priced at more than $500.
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      Source: The Santa Clara, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).