Sunnyvale, CA
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Sunnyvale is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 151,754 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Sunnyvale is the 39th largest community in California.

Sunnyvale home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Sunnyvale real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Sunnyvale is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sunnyvale is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sunnyvale who work in computer science and math (21.77%), management occupations (12.79%), and office and administrative support (8.27%).

Also of interest is that Sunnyvale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Sunnyvale is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Sunnyvale area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Sunnyvale. 60.58% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Sunnyvale in 2010 was $50,364, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,456 for a family of four. However, Sunnyvale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sunnyvale is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sunnyvale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sunnyvale residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Sunnyvale also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.87% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sunnyvale include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sunnyvale's cultural character, accounting for 45.52% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sunnyvale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.