Sunnyvale, CA
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Sunnyvale profile

Living in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 155,805 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Sunnyvale is the 36th 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 90.79% 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 (27.49%), management occupations (12.82%), and architecture and engineering (8.45%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.25% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Sunnyvale, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Sunnyvale is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Sunnyvale a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Sunnyvale, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Sunnyvale is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 65.87% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Sunnyvale in 2018 was $72,477, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $289,908 for a family of four.

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 16.65% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sunnyvale include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sunnyvale's cultural character, accounting for 49.35% of the city’s population.

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