Santa Clara has a below average violent crime rate and an above average property crime rate compared to other cities in the United States.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley and one of its larger cities, Santa Clara is a peaceful, safe, and inviting suburb of 100,000 people. However, it's not particularly exciting: this is a thoroughly suburban, homogenous community which closely resembles many of the surrounding suburbs like Sunnyvale and Cupertino. There's no real downtown to speak of, though it's got shopping centers dotted around.
Young people may find Santa Clara a bit boring, but there are still plenty of options for dining and shopping. The city boasts over 400 restaurants ranging from cheap ethnic food to upscale steakhouses, a number of bars, lounges, and even a brewery. And those shopping centers collectively add up to hundreds of stores. For major events, Levi’s Stadium is home to the NFL's 49ers, professional soccer matches, and shows from big musical acts like U2 and Coldplay. Due to its location, it offers easy access to other Silicon Valley cities where more things are happening on a regular basis.
You will definitely want a car to get around town: the suburban sprawl and traffic makes cycling or walking a tough (and dangerous) prospect. Public transportation options include buses, CalTrain, and the VTA lightrail system, so commuters have plenty of options if they want to skip the rush hour traffic on the roads.
Like other areas in the Valley, Santa Clara has a number of excellent public schools.
If you’re looking for a suburban community perfect for families, retirees, and students then Santa Clara may be a perfect alternative to some of the other Silicon Valley cities. The vibe is undoubtedly tech forward, residents are friendly and helpful, and there’s plenty to do nearby.
Santa Clara is bordered on the north by the Bay, on the east by North San Jose, on the south by West San Jose, and on the west by Sunnyvale.
This iconic stadium is home to the 49ers and brings in fans from all over the Bay Area to watch home games. There’s a museum and a pro store where you can indulge yourself in historical and modern sports culture. It also hosts other sporting and entertainment events.
This hard-to-find bar and restaurant with a lounge-y atmosphere is great for drinking soju and relaxing with friends while digging into tasty Korean fare.
Historically this land was inhabited by the Miwok tribes that used to populate the area. These days this park is great for hiking, strolling, jogging, and spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It's known as a birding hotspot, so bring some binoculars as well!
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