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Santa Clara, California - Basic Facts

The City of Santa Clara had a population of 130,046 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Santa Clara, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 130,046
Population in Households 127,178
Population in Familes 101,149
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,868
Population Density2 7,064
Diversity Index3 76


Median Household Income $102,591
Average Household Income $129,935
Per Capita Income $48,062


Total Housing Units 48,950 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,010 (42.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 26,035 (53.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,905 ( 3.9%)
Median Home Value $737,156
Average Home Value $793,047


Total Households 47,045
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 30,902
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.35% 1.22%
Households 1.09% 1.08%
Families 1.23% 1.17%
Median Household Income   2.52%
Per Capita Income   3.14%

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, 2018 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 # 46 97th
Population Density # 136 91st
Diversity Index # 491 68th
Median Household Income # 203 87th
Per Capita Income # 288 81st

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