Silicon Valley is widely recognized as the tech capitol of the world. Companies like Apple, Amazon, eBay, and Google have put Silicon Valley on the map, attracting a steady stream of power families, young tech professionals and entrepreneurs year after year. The “Valley of Heart’s Delight”—as it was once known—is also home to some of the most beautiful towns in the nation, including Santa Clara, San Jose, Palo Alto, Saratoga, and one of Money Magazine’s picks for best places to live—Cupertino.
As far as educational opportunities, Silicon Valley is home to 55 K-12 school districts across two counties and four high schools (Henry M. Gunn in Palo Alto, Monte Vista in Cupertino, Mission San Jose High School in Fremont and Lynbrook High School in San Jose) ranked among Newsweek’s top 100 “America’s Best High Schools” in 2012.
Living in Silicon Valley
The climate is mild with hot, dry summers and seasonal rain. Attractions range from shopping, entertainment, and dining at Santana Row in downtown San Jose, professional hockey games and the region’s 25 parks and trails.
Silicon Valley has the nation’s second highest concentration of wealthy people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Money Magazine named Cupertino one of the nation’s best places to live in 2012.
Forbes ranked San Jose No. 6 on its 2011 list of “America’s Safest Cities.”
The name “Silicon Valley” originally referred to the region’s large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually applied to all of the tech companies in the area.
The “mouse” was invented in Silicon Valley in 1963.
The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up Silicon Valley include: