Population: 149,596Median home value: $859,100 81 Ranks better than 95% of areas

Livability Awards

For Sale
For Rent

Find real estate listings

Find rental listings

A+ Sunnyvale Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Sunnyvale Cost of Living Cost of living is 46% higher than California
202102% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sunnyvale cost of living
A Sunnyvale Crime Total crime is 37% lower than California
Total crime
1,84933% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5533% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
12%Year over year crime is up
Sunnyvale crime
B+ Sunnyvale Employment Household income is 72% higher than California
Median household income
$109,79998% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$53,13378% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%10% lower than the US average
Sunnyvale employment
B Sunnyvale Housing Home value is 110% higher than California
Median home value
$859,100365% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,949105% higher than the US average
Home ownership
46%27% lower than the US average
Sunnyvale real estate or Sunnyvale rentals
B Sunnyvale Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than California
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
56%13% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:123% higher than the US average
Sunnyvale K-12 schools or Sunnyvale colleges

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%.

Check Your Commute Time

Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
See more Sunnyvale, CA transportation information

Compare Sunnyvale, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Sunnyvale, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto837.33,564
Midtown, Palo Alto836.410,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto835.52,410
Mission Valley, Fremont8212.27,452
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Weibel, Fremont829.84,568
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto825.72,403
Crescent Park, Palo Alto818.23,831
Kimber-Gomes, Fremont8112.75,583

Best Cities Near Sunnyvale, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Altos, CA86430,238
Lafayette, CA8535.325,381
Mill Valley, CA8545.814,318
Hillsborough, CA8421.711,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Gatos, CA8411.330,491
Cupertino, CA844.760,297
Los Altos Hills, CA846.38,376
Belvedere, CA8441.62,017

How Do You Rate The Livability In Sunnyvale?

1. Select a livability score between 1-100
2. Select any tags that apply to this area View results

Sunnyvale Reviews

Write a review about Sunnyvale Tell people what you like or don't like about Sunnyvale…
Review Sunnyvale
Overall rating Rollover stars and click to rate
Rate local amenities Rollover bars and click to rate
Sunnyvale, CA - A Great Community

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.
  • 2 0
Reason for reporting
Source: The Sunnyvale, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
Are you looking to buy or sell?
What style of home are you
What is your
When are you looking to
ASAP1-3 mos.3-6 mos.6-9 mos.1 yr+
Connect with top real estate agents
By submitting this form, you consent to receive text messages, emails, and/or calls (may be recorded; and may be direct, autodialed or use pre-recorded/artificial voices even if on the Do Not Call list) from AreaVibes or our partner real estate professionals and their network of service providers, about your inquiry or the home purchase/rental process. Messaging and/or data rates may apply. Consent is not a requirement or condition to receive real estate services. You hereby further confirm that checking this box creates an electronic signature with the same effect as a handwritten signature.