Information About Santa Clara County

The total estimated population is 1,682,585. Density is low at 1,304 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 1,604,148; Black: 905,660; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 430,095; Two or More Races: 204,088; American Indian: 47,182; Asian: 11,350; Other Race: 5,773; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 1,682,585 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 573,130 foreign born residents, of which 41.2% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 139,789; Vietnam: 86,053; Philippines: 56,200; India: 48,503; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 36,195; Taiwan: 24,646; Korea: 17,219; U.S. Born: This State: 737,130; Midwest: 113,700; Northeast: 86,812; South: 78,628; West: 73,166;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Santa Clara County Most Common US Birthplaces in Santa Clara County

The sex distribution is 51% male and 49% female. The median age is 34 years.

Age Distribution

There are 84,783 married couples with children and 58,307 single-parent households (1,514 men, 56,793 women).

The median household income is $74,335 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; California: $47,493; Santa Clara County: $74,335;

8% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; California: 14%; Santa Clara County: 8%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 668,365; Government: 77,960; Self-employed: 51,794; Unpaid family work: 2,741; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 409,371; Professional and related: 252,398; Sales and office: 191,719; Management, business, and financial operations: 156,973; Office and administrative support: 110,819; Management occupations, except farmers and farm managers: 108,659;

Work Types in Santa Clara County Common Occupations in Santa Clara County

The average commute time is 28 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 641,113; Car or truck (carpooled): 101,188; Public transportation: 29,118; Worked at home: 25,868; Walked: 14,786; Bicycle: 10,076; Motorcycle: 2,169;

Transportation to work methods in Santa Clara County

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Santa Clara County.

There are 579,329 housing units, of which 376,659 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 338,661; Renter: 227,202; Vacant: 13,466; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 270,845; Not Mortgaged: 67,816;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Santa Clara County

The median single family home value is $446,400.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; California: $1,478; Santa Clara County: $291,771;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; California: $677; Santa Clara County: $226,473;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 30,546; 1940 to 1949: 30,002; 1950 to 1959: 96,285; 1960 to 1969: 132,161; 1970 to 1979: 145,718; 1980 to 1989: 77,749; 1990 to 1994: 26,941; 1995 to 1998: 29,525; 1999 to March 2000: 10,402;

0.5% of homes lack plumbing and 0.6% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 393,862; Electricity: 155,374; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 10,053; No Fuel: 2,829;