Sunnyvale, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sunnyvale, California - Basic Facts

The City of Sunnyvale had a population of 151,310 as of July 1, 2016. Sunnyvale 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 Sunnyvale is located at latitude 37.3858 and longitude -122.0263 in Santa Clara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sunnyvale (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.7 sq. miles. Santa Clara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 125 feet.

The City of Sunnyvale (GNIS ID: 2412009) 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 Sunnyvale is located within San Jose CCD of Santa Clara County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sunnyvale: Encinal.

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


Total Population 151,310
Population in Households 150,458
Population in Familes 120,749
Population in Group Qrtrs 852
Population Density1 6,883
Diversity Index2 75


Total Households 56,741
Average Household Size 2.65
Family Households 37,722
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 58,681 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 26,069 (44.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 30,672 (52.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,940 ( 3.3%)
Median Home Value $745,771
Average Home Value $723,566


Median Household Income $101,150
Average Household Income $129,190
Per Capita Income $48,751
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.25% 1.4%
Households 0.99% 1.31%
Families 0.96% 1.31%
Median Household Income   1.55%
Per Capita Income   1.58%
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.

Sunnyvale, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sunnyvale 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 # 37 98th
Population Density1 # 140 91st
Diversity Index2 # 506 67th
Median Household Income # 141 91st
Per Capita Income # 194 87th

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