California Counties

Santa Clara County California

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Santa Clara County epitomizes the hard-earned honor as "Silicon Valley". It is located in the Bay Area region of California.

Santa Clara County

City of Mountain View
City of Palo Alto
City of San Jose
City of Santa Clara
City of Saratoga
City of Sunnyvale
City of Campbell
City of Cupertino
City of Gilroy
City of Los Altos
City of Milpitas
City of Monte Sereno
City of Morgan Hill
Town of Los Altos Hills
Town of Los Gatos

Santa Clara County Population (2010) 1,880,876

Santa Clara County California Top 10 Farm Crops Annually

The County of Santa Clara or "Silicon Valley", is located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay.

 The Mediterranean climate of the region remains temperate year round due to the area's geography and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is warm and dry much of the year. Rarely is the humidity uncomfortable, and the thermometer seldom drops below freezing. Rain generally confines itself to the winter and snow to the tops of the local mountains, the Mt. Hamilton Range lining the eastern border of the County and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west.  The County is comprised of 1,312 square miles -- fertile Santa Clara Valley runs the entire length of the county from north to south, ringed by the rolling hills of the Diablo Range on the east, and the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west. Salt marshes and wetlands lie in the northwestern part of the county, adjacent to the waters of San Francisco Bay. Today, the County is a major employment center for the region, providing more than a quarter of all jobs in the Bay Area. It has one of the highest median family incomes in the country, and a wide diversity of cultures, backgrounds and talents.  

Its population constitutes about one fourth of the Bay Area's total population.  A significant portion of the county's land area is unincorporated ranch and farmland. Nearly 92% of the population lives in cities.

The County of Santa Clara has a culture rich in its history, ethnic diversity (over 100 languages and dialects are spoken), artistic endeavors, sports venues and academic institutions. In sports and recreation, San Jose is home to teams for professional soccer, minor league baseball, and the San Jose Sharks, the only professional ice hockey team in Northern California. Other local sports teams include the San Jose Earthquakes, the San Jose SaberCats and the San Jose Giants. Numerous public and private golf courses are located throughout the County.

The County of Santa Clara operates 28 parks covering more than 50,000 acres.


  • Stanford University
  • Santa Clara University
  • San Jose State University

Museums & Galleries

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Rosicrucian Museum
  • Children's Discovery Museum
  • San Jose Museum of Art
    Triton Museum of Art
  • Computer History Museum

There are also abundant performing arts venues including opera, symphonies, musical theatre, repertory theatre, concerts, and children's musical theatre. For more information on local entertainment at the Center for Performing Arts, Civic Auditorium, and Montgomery Theater, visit the San Jose & Convention Visitors Bureau. For local concerts, please visit the SAP Center, The Mountain Winery and Villa Montalvo.

Theme Parks & Attractions

  • California's Great America
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Raging Waters
  • Santa Clara County Fair
  • Winchester Mystery House

In addition to the wide variety of business, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities within the County, a short hour's drive can bring residents or visitors to the famous Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, the hills of San Francisco, or any number of white sand beaches along the Pacific Ocean from Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay to Monterey and Carmel. 


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