Sunnyvale

81 Ranks better than 95% of areas

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Located in the state of California, Sunnyvale is a moderately-sized city with a population of 149,596 people. Sunnyvale has a population density of 6,802 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Individuals of White (46%) and Asian (43%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Sunnyvale. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 83% of the population considered married and 48% with kids under the age of 18, Sunnyvale could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Sunnyvale can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like amenities, crime, weather, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Sunnyvale and in the areas around Sunnyvale is a much easier task.

Using data and statistics Sunnyvale has received a livability score of 81/100. This score is ranked in the 95th percentile when compared to all other cities. Clearly, Sunnyvale is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. The cherry on top is that Sunnyvale also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Sunnyvale has received high marks for 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).

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Sunnyvale. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Sunnyvale are affordable. Median real estate prices in Sunnyvale come in at $859,100, which is 109.9% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Sunnyvale, the home price to income ratio is 7.8, which is 21.9% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Sunnyvale area were 17% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 15.9%. 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 Sunnyvale, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Sunnyvale, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto847.33,564
Midtown, Palo Alto836.410,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto835.52,410
Mission Valley, Fremont8312.27,452
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Weibel, Fremont829.84,568
Crescent Park, Palo Alto828.23,831
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto825.72,403
Kimber-Gomes, Fremont8112.75,583

Best Cities Near Sunnyvale, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Altos, CA86430,238
Mill Valley, CA8545.814,318
Palo Alto, CA857.566,649
Cupertino, CA844.760,297
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8421.711,312
Lafayette, CA8435.325,381
Tiburon, CA8441.99,170
Los Altos Hills, CA846.38,376

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Attractions4/10
Community10/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping7/10
On my frequent trips to Silicon Valley, I always feel the urge to go somewhere new. Since, Sunnyvale is close to San Jose, I always visit my friend, an officer in US Air Force. His home is located in Birdlane district, where streets are named after native birds. Most of the city of Sunnyvale is residential area therefore you won't find many tall buildings. There are a number of interesting things to do and attractions in Sunnyvale. The one attraction that comes to mind is the Sunnyvale Historical Museum. It is a fantastic local history museum, that is free I might add, that offers a number of unique interesting facts and sights all related to Sunnyvale. Sunnvale is known for it's vibrant community where the majority of the population is of Asian background. These professionals mostly work for high-tech companies. Although house prices are steep as compared to rest of Silicon Valley, it is most likely because Sunnyvale is considered one of the safest cities in America. There are lots of good restaurants in the city of Sunnyvale, which unlike most nearby cities, offer variety. If you have some cash to spend, I really recommend buying a home in Sunnyvale.
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Source: The Sunnyvale, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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