Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale residents enjoy a beautiful, clean and safe suburban community. It is one of the major cities that make up the Silicon Valley located in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 140,081.
The city is bordered by portions of San Jose to the north, Moffett Federal Airfield to the northwest, Mountain View to the west, Los Altos to the southwest, Cupertino to the south, and Santa Clara to the east. It lies along the historic El Camino Real, Highways 101 and 280 and benefits from convenient access to all of the Silicon Valley’s major economic zones. Both international and domestic travel is easily accomplished due to it’s proximity to San Jose’s Mineta International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
As part of the Silicon Valley, high-tech companies such as Maxim Integrated Products, Juniper Networks, Palm, Inc., AMD, NetApp, Spansion, Yahoo!, AppliedMicro and Ariba are headquartered here. Sunnyvale is also home to several aerospace/defense companies; Lockheed Martin has a major facility in Sunnyvale, and Honeywell, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems - Marine Systems (formerly Joshua Hendy Iron Works), and Spirent also have offices in Sunnyvale.
Sunnyvale is one of the few U.S. cities to have a single unified Department of Public Safety, where all personnel are trained as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs, so they can respond to an emergency in any of the three roles.
Library services for the city are provided by the Sunnyvale Public Library, located at the Sunnyvale Civic Center and it’s rich cultural history is preserved by the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum located at the Community Center.
Sunnyvale has several neighborhoods, and while they are not "official" enough to be named on a map, they are the principal designations that are used by the many neighborhood associations recognized by the city. These neighborhoods include:
- San Miguel – a residential area in the northern section of the city (including Fair Oaks Park). Bordered by Lakewood Village to the north and the SNAIL neighborhood to the west.
- Birdland – a residential area with streets named after birds, primarily containing single family homes, occupying the south-easternmost section of the city.
- Lakewood Village – a residential area in the north-eastern section of the city surrounding Lakewood Park, and primarily consisting of single family homes and mobile homes.
- Heritage District – a residential and commercial area in the central part of the city, including the downtown shopping area commonly referred to as the Town Center.
- Cherry Chase – a residential area primarily consisting of single-family homes in the western part of the city, centered around the Cherry Chase Elementary School. Cherry Chase is bounded by El Camino to the north, Knickerbocker and 85 to the west, Remington to the south, and Mary to the east. Cherry Chase was built on cherry and apricot orchards. In most cases, the developers left a fruit tree in each back yard.
The early city planners had intended that every residence be within walking distance of a park and because of this Sunnyvale enjoys over 20 neighborhood parks, 2 golf courses, a nationally recognized Tennis Center and 2 community-based urban garden/farms. Almost 150 acres are set aside for all matter of recreational use and enjoyment. From athletic fields to picnic facilities there are park facilities to be enjoyed by every age group.
Four separate award winning school districts provide K-12 educational services. De Anza, Foothill and Mission College offer community college courses. San Jose State University, Santa Clara University and Stanford University are all within 30 minutes commute. Sunnyvale takes pride in offering top notch educational opportunities!