Sunnyvale Local Community information

Sunnyvale, CA

Like many towns in the Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale was once a thriving agricultural town with thousands of orchards, sweetcorn fields and fruit packing plants. Following World War II, the local economy began to shift from the fruit industry to the high-tech defense industry with companies like Lockheed moving in. Today, Sunnyvale is a still a high-tech hub and home to companies like Yahoo, NetApp, and Juniper Networks, among others.

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley between Los Altos and Cupertino is the 22 square mile city of Sunnyvale. The city offers a beautiful, clean suburban setting with prize winning parks, quality schools and a recently redeveloped downtown area. The city offers shopping convenience and variety with more than 49 neighborhood and regional centers, including downtown shopping and dining at Murphy Avenue, a unique and historic business district.

Also of note is the fact that Sunnyvale is one of the few U.S. cities to have a single unified Department of Public Safety, where all personnel are trained as firefighters, police officers, and EMTS, so they can respond to an emergency in any of the three roles.


Population:  140,081

Households: 53,384

Owner-Occupied Housing:  25,623 (48%)

Renter-Occupied Housing:  27,761 (52%)

Median Household Income:  $88,364

2012 Median Home Selling Price – Single Family:  $865,000

2012 Median Home Selling Price – Condominium:  $518,000

*according to the 2010 United States Census unless otherwise noted.