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Santa Clara, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Clara had a population of 124,161 as of July 1, 2016. Santa Clara ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Santa Clara is located at latitude 37.3646 and longitude -121.9679 in Santa Clara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Santa Clara (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Santa Clara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 72 feet.

The City of Santa Clara (GNIS ID: 2411816) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Santa Clara is located within San Jose CCD of Santa Clara County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Santa Clara population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Santa Clara, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 124,161
Population in Households 121,248
Population in Familes 95,303
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,913
Population Density1 6,745
Diversity Index2 76


Total Households 45,208
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 29,485
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 47,143 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,149 (42.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,059 (53.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,935 ( 4.1%)
Median Home Value $659,917
Average Home Value $683,879


Median Household Income $93,860
Average Household Income $116,193
Per Capita Income $43,357
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.03% 1.24%
Households 0.8% 1.18%
Families 0.87% 1.2%
Median Household Income   2.07%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Santa Clara, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Santa Clara to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 50 97th
Population Density1 # 146 90th
Diversity Index2 # 474 69th
Median Household Income # 190 88th
Per Capita Income # 280 82nd

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