Santa Clara County is the 6th most populated county in California and the 18th most populated county in the United States, behind Broward County, Florida. Although the city of Santa Clara is in Santa Clara County, the county seat is actually San Jose. With over 1 million people, it’s the most populated city in the county, whereas Santa Clara comes in 3rd with approximately 123,000 people. Santa Clara County borders the counties of Alameda, Stanislaus, Santa Cruz, Merced, San Benito, and San Mateo.
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Santa Clara County has a population of 1.94 million, putting it above the average county population size of around 10,000 people. The next most populous county in California is Alameda, which, with over 1.6 million people, is the 20th most populated county in the United States. These two counties hardly compare to Los Angeles County, which is the most populated county in California and in the United States and has a population of over 10 million.
If you’re looking for someone and only have a name and their general whereabouts, you can narrow your search by considering the demographic of the people in Santa Clara County.
The average age of residents of Santa Clara County was 37.1 in 2017. That’s slighty up from 37 in 2016. There is a significant difference in average age between those who live in the county and were born in the United States and those who were born in another country. The median age for a native-born resident is 28, but it’s 45 years for somebody who is foreign-born.
The gender diversity is almost evenly split with 51% male and 49% female. 55% are married and the average household is made up of 3 people. If you’re searching for someone by name alone, consider they may have had a name change due to nuptials.
81.6% of Santa Clara County residents are American citizens, and 38.1% were born outside of the United States. In 2017, there were 1.16 times more Asian Alone inhabitants than any other race or ethnicity. The second and third most common ethnic groups are White Alone (608,000 people) and Hispanic/Latino (496,000 people).
Even though there are more Asian Alone residents than Hispanic/Latino residents, Spanish is still the most common foreign language spoken (18.1%, or 329,382 speakers). The second and third are Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese, 8.87% or 161,460 speakers) and Vietnamese (6.35% or 115,645 speakers). The median property value for a home in Santa Clara County was $971,300 in 2017, which is 4.46 times larger than the national average of $217,600. In 2016, the average property value was $925,700, so the number increased by 4.93%. Due to the price of housing, less people own homes (56.8%) than the percentage of people in the United States as a whole (63.9%). Luckily, the median household income is also increasing. In 2017, the average income of 634,000 households was $119,035, which is up from 2016’s value of $111,069. The county employs over 1 million people, and the three largest industries are Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, Manufacturing, and Health Care and Social Assistance. The highest paying jobs are within the industry of Management of Companies and Enterprises. To search for someone by their industry or occupation, utilize our yellow pages.
Santa Clara County is made up of 1,290.10 square miles of mountains, water, and valleys. According to the 2010 census, this equates to 1,361 people per square mile. Within the county lies Santa Clara Valley, located on the southern coast of San Francisco Bay. This area is also known as Silicon Valley. The county is part of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area. The San Andreas Fault runs along the Santa Cruz Mountains south and west, making the region prone to seismic activity. Santa Clara County hosts an extensive park system, and the majority of them were created during the major park expansion of the late 1970’s. These include Almaden Quicksilver County Park, Grant Ranch Park, and Vasona Park, among others. There is also a Ulistac Natural Area, which is a natural open space. Foreign and invasive species are removed by volunteers as native plants are introduced. Migratory birds and butterflies often use the area.
Fortunately, Santa Clara County is lower than the national average for property crimes. On a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), it rates 29.6, whereas the United States as a whole rates 35.4. Property crime includes theft, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. It’s worth noting however that property crime means there is no physical violence against the victim, i.e. these crimes are based on the owner being absent or asleep. In regards to violent crimes, Santa Clara County also comes in below the national average, rating 13.8 to the United States’ 22.7, making it safer than many other large metropolitan counties. If you have specific concerns about someone, run a background check to find out if they have a criminal record.
Official Name: The County of Santa Clara
Name Meaning: Santa Clara County is named for Mission Santa Clara de Asis, a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order, which was formed in 1777 and was in turn named for Saint Clare of Assisi, the foundress of the order of the Poor Clares.
Year Formed: Santa Clara County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood. Part of the territory was given to Alameda County in 1853.
Total Sq Miles: 1,290.10