About Santa Clara
The City of Santa Clara is home to 116,000 residents and sits just to the west of San Jose. While it is 45 minutes south of San Francisco, Santa Clara will in fact soon be home to the NFL 49ers’ new stadium. The city’s roots go back to 1777 and the founding of the Mission Santa Clara de Asís shortly after explorer José Francisco Ortega first mapped out the area. In 1846 Santa Clara College, the state’s oldest institution of higher learning, was established, and in 1862 the Town of Santa Clara was officially chartered.
Santa Clara’s History
The economic history of Santa closely matches that of its neighbor to the east, San Jose, as well as Silicon Valley as a whole. For most of its history the local economy was largely based on agriculture. World War II marked a transition to a more industrially-based economy, which then shifted rapidly towards technology.
Today, while San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View, and Palo Alto are most often associated with “Silicon Valley,” Santa Clara is actually home to many major high tech companies — including Agilent Technologies, Applied Materials, Intel, McAfee, National Semiconductor, OmniVision, Trident Microsystems, and Namco Bandai Games.
Architecturally, Santa Clara reflects a modern, suburban look. Santa Clara is largely a residential and commercial community. The Santa Clara City Library and CalTrain stations are recent, award-winning architectural developments. The NFL Levi’s stadium, of course, will be the city’s most significant architectural development. And, many corporate residents of the city occupy large, stunning office complexes, such as Mission City Center, McCandless Towers, and the WebEx Tower.
Demographically, Santa Clara is a young and diverse community. Twenty-one percent of its population is under the age of 18, eleven percent is between the ages of 18 and 24, thirty-six percent falls between the ages of 25 and 44, twenty two percent are aged 45 to 64. The city is home to excellent public and private schools as well as many vibrant community, arts and non-profit organizations.