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Coyote Valley, Santa Clara County, California

Looking over Coyote Valley

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San Jose city skyline at night

Home to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County occupies the southern San Francisco Bay and is an economic center for high technology and has the third highest GDP per capita in the world. The county's concentration of wealth, primarily due to the tech industry, has made it the most affluent county on the West Coast of the United States and the most affluent outside the Washington metropolitan area and one of the most affluent places in the United States.

Santa Clara County, officially the County of Santa Clara, is California's 6th most populous county, with a population of 1,781,642, as of 2010. The county seat and largest city is San Jose, the 10th most populous city in the United StatesCalifornia's 3rd most populous city and the most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The county has a total area of 1,304 square miles, of which 1,290 square miles is land and 14 square miles (1.1%) is water.

The San Andreas Fault runs along the Santa Cruz Mountains in the south and west of the county.


Downtown Los Gatos

The department manages 29 parks with a total area over 52,000 acres (21,000 ha).


The Nature Conservancy "Mount Hamilton Project" has acquired or put under conservation easement 100,000 acres (40,000 ha) of land towards its 500,000 acres (200,000 ha) goal for habitat conservation within a 1,200,000 acres (490,000 ha) area encompassing much of eastern Santa Clara County as well as portions of southern Alameda County, western Merced and Stanislaus Counties, and northern San Benito County.


Acquisitions to date include the 1,756-acre Rancho Cañada de Pala, straddling the Alameda Creek and Coyote Creek watersheds for California tiger salamander habitat; a conservation easement on the 3,259-acre Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, which abuts the north side of Joseph D. Grant County Park; a conservation easement on the 28,359-acre San Felipe Ranch, connecting Joseph D. Grant County Park with Henry W. Coe State Park; the 2,899-acre South Valley Ranch which protects a Tule elk herd in the San Antonio Valley, and other properties.

The County is currently exploring a takeover of Henry W. Coe State Park.


Morgan Hill


A Tule Elk bull

Almaden Lake Park

Almaden Lake Park

Incorporated Cities

famous for...

Home to Silicon Valley

Third highest GDP per capita in the world

The most affluent county on the West Coast

Most populous county in Bay Area

NASA/AMES Base Moffett Field

you'll love it here if you...

Work in the tech industry

Enjoy a Mediterranean climate

Enjoy parks & the outdoors

Enjoy shopping

Appreciate the fashion industry

Are a student


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NASA/AMES Airfield


San Jose Mineta Int’l Airport

Moffett Federal Airfield

Palo Alto Airport

Reid-Hillview Airport

San Martin Airport

SF Bay Area Regional Bikeway Network

Altamont Corridor Express

Amtrak Coast Starlight

VTA Light Rail





5 largest employers

Hewlett Packard





upper education


San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Stanford University

Lincoln Law School of SJ

University of Silicon Valley Law

National University

Golden Gate University

San Jose City College

West Valley College

Mission College

Evergreen Valley College

Palmer College of Chiropractic

WestMed College

University California’s Lick Observatory

Western Seminary

National Hispanic University

tourist attractions

Children's Discovery Museum

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Portuguese Historical Museum

Raging Waters

Six Flags Great America

Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Lick Observatory

Hayes Mansion

SAP Center

Excite Ballpark

Spartan Stadium

Winchester Mystery House

Tech Museum of Innovation




NFL & MLB Games



Wine Tasting

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Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California, with about 5,400 undergraduate students and about 3,300 postgraduate students. Established in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and has remained in its original location for 169 years. The university's campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis which traces its founding to 1776. The university is classified as a "Doctoral/Professional" university by Carnegie Classification.


The Santa Clara University campus


Downtown Los Altos

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The Alviso Marina


The Hoover Tower watching over the Stanford University campus.

Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is ranked among the most prestigious universities in the world by numerous major education publications.

state & national parks

Alum Rock Park

Almaden Quicksilver

Circle of Palms Plaza

Emma Prusch Farm Park

Field Sports Park

Iris Chang Park

Kelley Park

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Japanese Friendship Garden

History Park

Don Edwards SF Bay Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

Portuguese Historical Museum

Martial Cottle Park

Oak Hill Memorial Park

Overfelt Gardens

Chinese Cultural Garden

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Lake Cunningham Park

Rosicrucian Park

Peace Garden

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

60+ miles of recreational trail network

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