Cupertino is a suburb of Santa Clara directly west of San Jose. The city, with a population of just over 58,000, is best known as the home of Apple Inc. It's no wonder that Forbes ranked Cupertino among the most educated small towns in the United States.
Cupertino, named after a lake a Spanish explorer's cartographer named after Saint Joseph of Cupertino in the 1800s, started out as a rural village marking the crossroads of Saratoga-Mountain View Road and Stevens Creek Road. At the time, fruit agriculture was the main source of economic activity in the region. Nearly all modern day Cupertino was once covered with plum, apricot, plum and cherry orchards.
Railroad development spurred growth in the area. Following World War II, housing developments in the area lead to further business development that paved the way for the eventual emergence of Silicon Valley. Cupertino was officially incorporated in 1955, becoming a part of Santa Clara Valley. A group of area property owners created VALLCO Business and Industrial Park in the late 1960s, solidifying the city's reputation as a hub for technology and industrial development. De Anza College, established in 1967, attracted enterprising students to the area to further spur technology-based businesses. As business grew in the area, housing in the area became in demand leading to further growth. The city itself has sustained itself through tough economic times and continues to thrive today.
Cupertino, CA Weather
The weather in Cupertino is just as pleasant as the city's beautiful surroundings. Temperatures are generally moderate throughout the year. Rainfall is evenly distributed year round, with January seeing the most precipitation. Nights are generally cool with humidity kept to minimum due to the mountains and valleys in the area. Skies in the Santa Clara suburb have been described as mostly clear, making star watching a popular pastime of those living in or visiting Cupertino.