Santa Clara residents have the best of both worlds: the South Bay and lower Peninsula downtown-area restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment options while enjoying the wealth of opportunities available in the Silicon Valley job market.
Like much of the Bay Area, Santa Clara is home to an extraordinarily ethnically diverse population comprised of people who have immigrated from around the world to the area because of employment and educational opportunities. With a high number of college educated and post-graduate residents, Santa Clara businesses and entertainment tend to cater to an affluent population.
With the tremendous employment opportunities available in Silicon Valley, technology professionals from around the world flock to Santa Clara and the surrounding cities. The job market in the area is at fiercely competitive and still full of opportunity for professionals in supporting fields such as sales and marketing to computer engineering and software development. The competitive nature of the job market in the area, along with a slightly higher than average cost of living in Santa Clara has resulted in higher than average wages for most professions.
Parents living in Santa Clara enjoy the highly recognized public school system and access to equally renowned private educational schools for their children. In the area of higher education, the famous Santa Clara University and Mission College are within city limits, and students have their pick of several world-class universities and colleges within a few hours' drive.
Santa Clara residents enjoy a wide selection of restaurants, businesses, and entertainment options all within easy reach. Downtown areas designed as destinations for shopping and dining are located throughout the South Bay and offer a nearly unlimited selection of cuisines and fashion to choose from. The Bay Area in general is known for its “foodie” culture, and the Santa Clara leads in offering an extraordinary array of choices for culinary adventurers.
There are many entertainment and recreational venues in the city with a variety of local, county and state parks. Many more privately-owned outdoor recreation areas such as Happy Hollow, Great America, Mission Santa Clara, and others are open to visitors. Several large concert venues, professional sports stadiums, and an international airport are within easy reach, making the city extremely accessible. Santa Clara will soon be the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The new stadium for the franchise will be located near the Great America amusement park.
Santa Clara residents will tell you that they enjoy the best of all worlds in this small city nestled at the foot of the Bay. From the temperate climate and relaxed atmosphere to the entertainment and dining options a stone’s throw away, this is one of the most sought-after areas to live and visit in the San Francisco Bay Area.