Sunnyvale, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sunnyvale, California - Basic Facts

The City of Sunnyvale had a population of 154,254 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sunnyvale: Encinal.

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Sunnyvale, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 154,254
Daytime Population: Workers 85,068
Daytime Population: Residents 77,682
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 162,750
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 153,402
Population in Familes 123,146
Population in Group Qrtrs 852
Population Density2 7,017
Diversity Index3 75


Median Household Income $104,418
Average Household Income $137,380
Per Capita Income $51,618


Total Housing Units 59,076 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 26,598 (45.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 31,022 (52.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,456 ( 2.5%)
Median Home Value $768,406
Average Home Value $754,054


Total Households 57,620
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 38,354
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 1.34% 1.21%
Households 1.06% 1.11%
Families 1.06% 1.12%
Median Household Income   1.78%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

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, 2017 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 Density # 138 91st
Diversity Index # 510 66th
Median Household Income # 154 90th
Per Capita Income # 198 87th

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