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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Alviso is approximately 2,128 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 506 (2000).
The distance from Alviso to Washington DC is 2545 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 86 miles. (as the crow flies)
Alviso is positioned 37.43 degrees north of the equator and 121.97 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Alviso elevation is 4 feet above sea level.
Alviso median income is $ 33,859 (1990).
Alviso average annual rainfall is 14.4 inches per year
Alviso average temperature is (Spring) 61, (Summer) 70, (Fall) 62, (Winter) 50 degrees F.


At the southern most end of San Francisco Bay, 50 miles south of San Francisco. 5 miles north of Santa Clara, on the Alviso Slough. Alviso is about 4 miles from Moffett Field Naval Air Station.
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The Guadalupe and Coyote rivers both end at Alviso, emptying into the Bay through the Alviso Slough.
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great with more than 300 sunny days each year.
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History & History Related Items

The Alviso area was first settled during the 1700s. It was named for an explorer known as Ignacio Alviso. IN 1838, a Mexican land grant was given and the town was begun. It was a busy port sending out and picking up such items as hides, tallow, grains, etc. In 1849, Chester S. Lyman laid out the actual town. Later, in 1852, the city of Alviso was incorporated. Up until 1864, Alviso was an important city for shipping and a port of entry for the Santa Clara Valley, but in that year, the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad opened bypassing Alviso. The change was immediate. People preferred the quicker delivery the railroad offered and business removed itself to San Jose. A revival of the town came about in the late 1870's when the Alameda to Santa Cruz South Pacific coast narrow-gauge railroad opened its lines. Other businessmen attempted a venture to dredge the slough at the end of the San Francisco Bay, creating a new port in the south bay area. The dredging was never really accomplished and the railroad never materialized, quietly ending Alviso's bid to re-vitalize.

Alviso residents voted on 9 January 1968, to be absorbed into the city of San Jose. The vote was in favor of the annexation. On 12 March, 1968, the change was completed. Though the city does not exist officially, it remains a community of Alviso residents.

Historical Notes for Alviso.
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The founding of Alviso



Learn more about Alviso at this informative site.

Francisco Solano Alviso Adobe
California State Historic Landmark 510
3465 Old Foothill Blvd
3 mi S of Dublin

Alviso Marina County Park
Mill Street
Alviso, CA
Phone: 408-262-6980
Opportunities abound for birdwatching, seasonal hiking, biking, picnicking and more in this park on the bay.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 524
Newark, CA 94560
Phone: 510-792-0222
The first urban National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting migratory birds, protecting threatened and endangered species, and providing opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study for the surrounding communities. 23,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool habitats located throughout south San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
1290 Hope Street
P.O. Box 247
Alviso, CA 95002-0247
Tel: (408)946-6548
Fax: (408)946-9279

Alviso Slough Trail
This trail is a nearly 9 mile loop. For walkers or bicyclists, a good opportunity to see the marshes, ponds and other flora and fauna of the area.

Great pictures of Alviso and the area.

Interesting story about Drawbridge, a town on an island in the bay about three miles from Alviso. It is now a ghosttown.
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Economy & Industry

mainly an agricultural economy with mostly residential neighborhoods. Some business and industrial uses are in Alviso
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Alviso City Government

The City of San Jose
801 North First Street
San Jose CA 95110
City Manager phone: 277-5777
City Clerk phone: 277-4424

Alviso is governed by the City of San Jose and is part of the 4th District.

Master plan for Alviso by the city of San Jose.

Many governmental links for this area.

Alviso Chamber

San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
310 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-291-5250

Alviso Organizations

San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
310 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-291-5250

Alviso Libraries

Alviso Branch Library
5050 North First St.
San Josť, CA 95002
Phone: (408) 263-3626

San Jose Public Library

Santa Clara County Library
1095 N. 7th Street
San Jose CA 95112-4446

Alviso Schools

Santa Clara Unified School District
1889 Lawrence Road
P.O. Box 397
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone: 408-423-2000
Fax: 408-423-2282

Children of Alviso attend schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Elementary age attend George Mayne Elementary in Alviso. Middle School students attend in nearby Sunnyvale. High School students go to Wilcox High School in Santa Clara.

George Mayne Elementary
5030 N. First St.
Alviso, CA 95002
Phone: 408-262-3600
FAX: 408-423-1780

Peterson Middle School
1380 Rosalia Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone: 408-720-8540
FAX: 408-423-2880

Wilcox High School
3250 Monroe St.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone: 408-554-6300
FAX: 408-423-2480


San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Josť, California 95192
Phone: 408-924-1000

Evergreen Valley College
3095 Yerba Buena Road
San Jose, CA 95135

San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-298-2181 Alviso


Alviso is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time.

The population of Alviso was:
1890 - 900
1990 - 2,179
2000 - 2,128

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