The Cities and communities of Santa Clara County, California *
Cambrian Park, Campbell, Coyote, Cupertino
Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos
Milpitas, Monta Vista, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Mount Hamilton
Rancho Rinconada, Redwood Estates
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& Facts about Santa Clara County, California
Santa Clara County
County of Santa Clara
9580 Malech Road
San Jose, California 95138-2000
Clara County Clerk-Recorder
East Wing, First floor
70 West Hedding Street (at First Street)
San Jose CA 95110
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
334 Tully Road
San Jose, California 95111-1913
Santa Clara County Probate
111 N. Market St. #960
San Jose, California 95113-1102
Government links for the area
Clara County Library
1095 N. 7th St.
San Jose, California 95112-4446
1990 - 1,497,577
1991 - 1,497,616
1992 - 1,508,007
1993 - 1,524,228
1994 - 1,539,903
1995 - 1,550,299
1996 - 1,567,136
1997 - 1,594,251
1998 - 1,620,453
2000 - 1,682,585
2001 - 1,668,309
2010 - 1,879,700 (projection)
2000 - 565,863
92% of the population lives in the urban areas of the county.
Location & Size
Santa Clara County is in the San Francisco Bay area. To the north is San Mateo and Alameda Counties, to the east is Stanislaus County. On the west are both Santa Cruz County and San Mateo County and to the south is San Benito County.
Check here for a map of the county
Size: 1,312 square miles
Santa Clara County is the largest county in the bay area. Much of the land area in the county is unincorporated ranch and forest land.
The Santa Clara Valley runs from the north to the south of the county and is ringed by the rolling hills. On the east is the Diablo Range and on the west are the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the northwestern portion are Salt marshes and wetlands at the end of the San Francisco Bay.
Organizations & Groups
Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley
Santa Clara County CA GenWeb Project page
Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society
Santa Clara County Rose
Weather & Climate
The county has a Mediterranean type of climate which means it is similar to the area of Spain and Italy. It is usually warm and dry with variations depending on where in the county you are located.
Bay Area Weather page
The Native Americans of the area were the Ohlone Indians. The first explorer was from Spain, Gaspar de Portola in 1769. The first mission and pueblo were created in 1777. The Spanish ruled at this time. After the Mexican Revolution in 1821, Spain was out and Mexico was in. Santa Clara County was made one of the original 28 counties in the new State of California in 1850. One of the early mottos for the county was "Valley of Heart's Delight." This was probably due to the agriculture and food processing which was abundant in the area.
Many people came to the area escaping other places, such as during the Great Depression of the 1930's and veterans who were discharged in the Bay area and decided to stay. Many emigrants came through the county and liked what they saw. Of course, as time went by, the area became known as "Silicon Valley," due to the high technology revolution which went on in the county.
Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County Office
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, California 95131
Attractions, Information and Links
The county is home to Stanford University in Palo Alto, which, in the 1930s and 1940s nurtured the entrepreneurial visions of students like William Hewlett and David Packard, who later founded "Silicon Valley."
Santa Clara County
298 Garden Hill Drive
Los Gatos, California 95032
Phone: (408) 358-3741
Fax: (408) 358-3245
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