Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California, named after the Spanish mission that was established there in 1777. The city’s population was 116,468 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the ninth-most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located 45 miles southeast of San Francisco, Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California. Levi’s Stadium, the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, the site of Super Bowl 50, and the site of the 2019 College Football Playoff title game, is located in the city. It is bordered by San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino.
Santa Clara is served by Caltrain, Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train, and Altamont Commuter Express. However, there is a light rail system in Santa Clara and the rest of the county which is also operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).Santa Clara is located adjacent to Mineta San Jose International Airport. Some other nearby major airports include San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.
Santa Clara Unified School District serves Santa Clara and small portions of Sunnyvale and North San Jose. The city is home to nineteen K-8, elementary, and high schools. Many of the schools are named for former farmers, ranchers, and other notable Santa Clara residents such as Bowers and Bracher elementary schools, Buchser Middle School, Wilcox High School, and Santa Clara High School. Jesuit college Santa Clara University, junior college Mission College, and Golden State Baptist College are among the city’s higher education.
Facilities include the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club, Community Recreation Center, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center, International Swim Center, Reed Street Dog Park, and Skate Park. Ulistac Natural Area, a 40 acre open space park on the former Fairway Glen golf course, opened in 2001. Counting the Golf and Tennis Club’s 155 acres, Santa Clara’s 38 parks, playgrounds and open space now totals nearly 450 acres.