Milpitas is a city in Santa Clara County, California, in Silicon Valley. The city's origins lie in the Rancho Milpitas, granted to Californio ranchero José María Alviso in 1835. Milpitas incorporated in 1954 and has since become home to numerous high tech companies, as part of Silicon Valley. Milpitas ranks first in the United States with the largest percent of residents employed in the computer and electronic products industry. 34.1% of men and 26.9% of women are employed in this industry.
While over 75% of people who live in Milpitas work out of the city; the daytime population of Milpitas actually increases by nearly 20% as there are more people living in other cities who work in Milpitas than people living in Milpitas who work in other cities. This results in heavy traffic commutes along key arterial roads twice each day.
Milpitas is home to the headquarters of Adaptec, FireEye, Intersil, Viavi Solutions and Lumentum Holdings (formerly JDSU), KLA-Tencor, Linear Technology, LTX-Credence, SCA, Sigma Designs, and Flex. Many other companies have offices in Milpitas including Quantum, Western Digital, Cisco Systems, Avaya, Seagate Technology, LifeScan and International Microsystems Inc.
Milpitas is also home to one of Santa Clara County's two correctional facilities, the Elmwood Correctional Facility, which houses over 3,000 inmates. Top employers include; Cisco Systems, KLA Corporation, Flex, Sandisk, Linear Technology, Milpitas Unified School District, Headway Technologies, FireEye, Walmart, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices.
Milpitas has a population of over 84,169 people. Milpitas also forms part of the wider San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,990,660 people.