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      Living in Sunnyvale, CA

      Sunnyvale, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 149,596 people. In Sunnyvale, there are 6,802 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Individuals of White (46%) and Asian (43%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 83% of the population is classified as married and 48% have kids.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Sunnyvale, California could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Sunnyvale, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, weather, education, employment, housing and more.

      With a livability score of 81 out of 100, Sunnyvale is ranked #1,280 in the United States and #54 in California. This is a terrific score, as Sunnyvale ranks well in multiple categories! This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Sunnyvale has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (B+), education (B), employment (B+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Sunnyvale. The following was graded with a less than perfect 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 Sunnyvale, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Rooster T Feathers Comedy Club, The Lace Museum, and Golfland USA.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 117 crimes per 100,000 residents, Sunnyvale has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Sunnyvale apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Sunnyvale is actually affordable. The median home price for Sunnyvale homes is $859,100, which is 109.9% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Sunnyvale, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.8, which is 21.9% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Sunnyvale area were 17% and 5 year appreciation rates were 15.9%.

      Sunnyvale transportation information

      Statistic Sunnyvale California National
      Average one way commute24min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.8%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.3%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.6%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.1%5.4%4.6%

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