Santa Clara

Population: 122,725Median home value: $734,500 77 Ranks better than 91% of areas
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A+ Santa Clara Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santa Clara Cost of Living Cost of living is 36% higher than California
Santa Clara
18888% more expensive than the US average
California
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Clara cost of living
B- Santa Clara Crime Total crime is 2% higher than California
Total crime
3,0059% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 349% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Santa Clara crime
B+ Santa Clara Employment Household income is 61% higher than California
Median household income
$102,53385% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$44,84350% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%24% lower than the US average
Santa Clara employment
B Santa Clara Housing Home value is 79% higher than California
Median home value
$734,500298% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,917102% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Santa Clara real estate or Santa Clara rentals
C Santa Clara Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than California
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%equal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Santa Clara K-12 schools or Santa Clara colleges

Living in Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 122,725 people. Santa Clara has a population density of 6,667 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Individuals of White (44%) and Asian (40%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Santa Clara. 80% of the people in Santa Clara (over the age of 15) are married and 51% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to decide if living in Santa Clara is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Santa Clara, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, education, employment, housing and more.

With a livability score of 78 out of 100, Santa Clara is ranked #2,532 in the United States and #108 in California. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Santa Clara could be a great choice! Santa Clara has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Santa Clara scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B+), employment (B+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Santa Clara. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Santa Clara, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: California's Great America, Intel Corp and Museum, and Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Santa Clara gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 168 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Santa Clara can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Assuming that Santa Clara meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Santa Clara. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Santa Clara are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Santa Clara come in at $734,500, which is 79.5% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Santa Clara, the home price to income ratio is 7.2, which is 12.5% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Santa Clara area were 24% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 16.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Santa Clara, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Santa Clara, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto8310.83,564
Midtown, Palo Alto839.910,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto839.12,410
Mission Valley, Fremont8212.77,452
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Weibel, Fremont82104,568
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto829.22,403
Crescent Park, Palo Alto8111.73,831
Duveneck-Saint Francis, Palo Alto8110.63,530

Best Cities Near Santa Clara, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Altos, CA867.130,238
Lafayette, CA8537.325,381
Hillsborough, CA8425.211,312
Los Gatos, CA849.130,491
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cupertino, CA845.360,297
Los Altos Hills, CA849.48,376
Belvedere, CA8444.72,017
Tiburon, CA84459,170

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Santa Clara, CA - A Mix of Modern and Historic

Attractions7/10
Community4/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
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).
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