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      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.

      Santa Clara transportation information

      Statistic Santa Clara California National
      Average one way commute23min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.0%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.9%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.9%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.8%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.8%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.5%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Santa Clara, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).