The Mission City was built around the Santa Clara Mission and the prestigious Santa Clara University. In 1950, a new product, the semiconductor chip, was developed. The resulting electronics industry, based on the silicon chip, gobbled up the remaining orchard land and changed the agricultural nature of Santa Clara and Santa Clara Valley forever. By 1990, the city covered 19.3 square miles and had a population of more than 93,000.
Few remnants of Santa Clara's agricultural past remain as it today sits in the heart of what is known worldwide as Silicon Valley. By harvesting the fruits of high technology, the Mission City has become a prosperous and progressive city with much to offer residents, businesses, and visitors alike. Easy commutes and accessibility to freeways and expressways, many tech firms in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino make Santa Clara the first choice for engineers and tech workers relocating to the Silicon Valley. El Camino Real is the main artery in the city and boasts hundreds of retail, dining, banking, and service-oriented vendors.
For additional information about the City of Santa Clara, please visit their community website.