Campbell, California, isn’t often mentioned in the same sentence as Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto, or other “Silicon Valley” Meccas – though it is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County, and eBay was founded there. The city does boast some major high tech employers, such as Barracuda Networks and OnSite.com. However, Campbell is much more of a quiet residential town than a go-go high-tech commercial city like its neighbors to the north.
Campbell has a population of just under 40,000 residents who live in neighborhoods that surround its historic downtown, radiating out from Highways 17 and 85. Campbell is served by three stops on the Mountain View–Winchester light rail route into San Jose. Two large parks offer recreational opportunities, the Los Gatos Creek Park and the John D. Morgan Park.
The city is named after Benjamin Campbell, who came to the area of 1846 and who is one of the original surveyors of San Jose and Santa Clara County. He established farms in the area that later became downtown Campbell, though the city wasn’t actually incorporated until the 1950s. Today, Campbell is a city for people seeking a community with less of an urban feel, while still being close to the city of Jan Jose.