🇺🇸 Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. Located on the southern coast of San Francisco Bay immediately west of San José, the city was founded in 1777 with the establishment of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of 21 California missions. The city was later incorporated in 1852. The mission, the city, and the county are all named for Saint Clare of Assisi.
Santa Clara is located in the centre of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of companies such as Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, and Nvidia. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest university in California, and Levi's Stadium, the home of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers. Santa Clara is bordered by San Jose on all sides, except for Sunnyvale and Cupertino to the west.
Economy Santa Clara owns and operates an electric utility called Silicon Valley Power. In 2005 Silicon Valley Power brought online the Donald Von Raesfeld (DVR) Power Plant. The new combined cycle gas turbine plant produces 147 megawatts of electricity for the city and its residents. As a result, the going rate for electricity in Santa Clara is considerably cheaper than that offered by Northern California's dominant utility, Pacific Gas and Electric.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Affymetrix, Agilent Technologies, Applied Materials, Arista Networks, Aruba, Atheros, Brillio, Chegg, Coherent, Extreme Networks, FileMaker, Global Foundries, Hortonworks, Infoblox, Intel, Intevac, Marvell, McAfee, Move inc, National Semiconductor, Nvidia, OmniVision, Ooyala, Palo Alto Networks, PMC-Sierra, Rovi, ServiceNow, Silicon Valley Bank, Synaptics, Trident Microsystems and Veritas Technologies are among the companies headquartered in Santa Clara. Namco Bandai Games's United States office is in Santa Clara.
Top employers According to the city's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Applied Materials 8,500; Intel 7,801; AMD 3,000; California's Great America 2,500; Avaya Inc. 2,000; Santa Clara University 2,000; City of Santa Clara 1,973; Kaiser Foundation Hospitals 1,459; Macy's 1,200; ON Semiconductor 1,100.
Santa Clara has a population of over 130,365 people. Santa Clara also forms part of the wider San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,990,660 people.