Mountain View has a below average violent crime rate and an above average property crime rate compared to other cities in the United States.
Mountain View might be the heart of Silicon Valley given its central location and pedigree: it's home to many of the world’s biggest and best known tech companies. Does "Google" sound familiar? Their headquarters is here and they employ upwards of 16,000 of Mountain View’s 75,000 residents. This town has come a long way since it was a blue collar area whose fortunes were tied to the military facilities nearby. LinkedIn, Quora, and Intuit are some of the other big companies here. There’s even a NASA research center!
The vibe here is similar to surrounding cities such as Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Milpitas. It’s a diverse, safe, and technology-centered city.
Mountain View’s downtown area is bursting with activity for a city of its size and population. It's very walkable and exploring by foot is highly recommended, although you’ll want a car for trips to the rest of town. There are some great restaurants and bars, and the iconic Shoreline Amphitheatre frequently showcases the top talents in music. There are plenty of trails and parks popular with outdoorsy and active residents, and plenty to explore.
Mountain View is made up of several different neighborhoods , which vary in the age and quality of housing. However, like other Valley cities, it’s mostly suburban sprawl that feels quite homogenous. If someone from the adjacent city of Sunnyvale wandered in by accident, they probably wouldn't notice since it all looks the same.
As with many of the cities in the Valley, Mountain View boasts a number of excellent public schools. You'll also find highly rated private schools and even a German international school.
If you do need to commute elsehwere, there are two train stations here.
Mountain View is bordered on the north by the Bay, on the east by Sunnyvale, on the south by Los Altos, and on the west by Palo Alto.
If you’re a technology junkie, you need to check out this attraction. The historical significance of the evolution of computing is perhaps one of the most important developments in human history. You can get a great feel for the history and evolution of computing, which makes almost all of the great tech developments today possible. This is, in many ways, the defining museum for Silicon Valley.
Looking to escape an urban lifestyle and get back to nature withouth going to far? Then this trail is for you. Offers great hiking, jogging, and biking.
Discover Mountain View’s very own award winning farmer's market every Sunday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. You find tons of fresh produce and other products at the 80+ stalls here.
This is a small NASA exhibit that showcases a small slice of the history and research that’s being done at this location. While not highly ranked, it’s still a point of interest for anyone who might be interested in science or NASA's history. And like an proper attraction there's a gift shop here so you can buy some space food if you’re so inclined.
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