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CupertinoCupertino is a diverse, dynamic community that lies at the heart of Silicon Valley. Its central location makes it a destination spot for business and holiday travelers, alike. Dominated by high-tech electronics and computer corporations, Cupertino is perhaps best known as home to the worldwide headquarters of Apple, Inc. Highly skilled, sought-after employees prefer working and living in the Cupertino area, with its moderate size and unique, balanced mix of high technology firms, retail centers, open space, quality schools and residential areas.
$120,112(CA median income: $61,021)
65.4%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
#1 on the nation’s list of “Top 100 cities with highest median household income with population of 50,000+” with a median income of $120,112
56.9% Asian, 30.47% Chinese; the city with the most residents born in China of any city in the Bay area at 15.7%; even higher than San Francisco, which is second at 13%; retail centers like Cupertino Village serve the Asian community with a Chinese supermarket- 99 Ranch Market – and authentic Chinese restaurants like Joy Luck Place, conveniently all in one place
Silicon Valley’s most prestigious corporate zip code with Apple, Oracle, Symantec, and more; corporate firms and businesses continue to expand into Cupertino, indicating that their companies enjoy a competitive advantage by having facilities in Cupertino
3.6 million square feet of retail & entertainment including: a regional mall, Cupertino Square, and 2,300-seat Flint Center- hosts Broadway shows, concerts, and famous lecturers; home to 120 restaurants and one of the largest Whole Foods in the United States
Cupertino Union School District is ranked 28th in California and Monta Vista High school is ranked 23rd in the nation; it is also home to De Anza College with an enrollment of 24,000 students; there are two Chinese schools- Wonderland Chinese School and Faith, Hope & Love Chinese School- in the city that provide preschool, after school, weekend programs, and summer programs
Easy and convenient access to all major airports- 11 miles from the San Jose International airport, and 30 miles from both the San Francisco and Oakland International airports; China Airlines operates bus services from Cupertino to San Francisco International Airport
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Mountain ViewMountain View was so named for its views of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Today, the name has become synonymous with Google, Inc., which is headquartered in Mountain View. As well as being a central hub for many high technology companies, Mountain View is a place of excitement, culture and charm, with a vibrant downtown located on Castro Street. This mix of high-tech and edgy-hip contribute to the more urban feel that makes Mountain View a perfect spot for the rising wealth of young urban professionals.
$92,528(CA median income: $61,021)
55.3%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
In the last decade, after Google, Inc. moved its offices to Mountain View, the median household income in Mountain View jumped from $69,362 in 2000 to $92,528 in 2008
Prestigious high-tech companies like Google, Inc., Microsoft, Inc., Intuit, Symantec, and NASA Ames Research Center contribute to the multi-faceted culture of Mountain View by bringing modern conveniences that allow for a higher quality of life; for example, you can enjoy free Wi-Fi from a park or coffee shop anywhere in the city; the Computer History Museum is an apt tribute to the high-tech revolution and its essential role in shaping the fabric and feel of the community
A savvy diner could spend weeks tasting his or her way through the cornucopia of restaurants and vibrant mix of ethnic cuisine that have made Mountain View a premier dining destination on the Peninsula
Tucked in between the Google campus and the San Francisco Bay is the Shoreline Amphitheatre, a city landmark and premier, internationally renowned music venue. With the ability to seat 22,000 this venue also features a striking outdoor stage surrounded by grassy slopes on which music lovers can lounge and listen. Just south is the Pear Avenue Theatre, a refreshing venue for more experimental works. And located in the heart of downtown on Castro Street, the Center for the Performing Arts hosts professional performers from TheatreWorks
The Stevens Creek Trail is a 4.8-mile (8 km) long, paved bicycle and pedestrian path that runs south alongside the creek, for nearly its entire distance in Mountain View. It was created for recreation as well as to support existing wildlife. The trail is regularly used for bicycling, hiking, jogging, bird watching, and even commuting. There are plans for the trail to be extended on through Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Los Altos
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SunnyvaleHome to Yahoo! and several high-tech and aerospace-defense companies, Sunnyvale has been consistently ranked as one of the safest ten cities in the United States. Visitors and residents enjoy Sunnyvale’s beautiful, clean suburban setting, efficient, high-quality city services, low crime rate, quality schools and 18 prize-winning parks. As an added bonus to the comfort and ease of the city, Sunnyvale has been planned thoughtfully, avoiding the standard “cookie cutter” landscape, stereotypical of suburbs.
$89,543(CA median income: $61,021)
50.8%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Some of the nation’s most successful businesses and industrial leaders are located in Sunnyvale, including: Yahoo!, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Network Appliance (NetApp), Lockheed Martin, Juniper Networks
The city offers shopping convenience and variety with more than 49 neighborhood and regional centers, including downtown shopping and dining at Murphy Avenue, a unique and historic business district
Sunnyvale has an extensive network of well-maintained sports facilities- two golf courses, 20 parks, 51 tennis courts and a world-class tennis center, and 132 multi-purpose sports fields; youth-oriented theme parks include- mini-golf, an inflatable indoor playground, and Great America, voted San Francisco’s most exciting amusement park, and located only 5 miles away from downtown Sunnyvale.
New Concept Chinese School provides preschool, afterschool, and weekend school. The Chinese American Cultural Center, a 10,000 square foot facility, includes a library of Chinese literature, as well as a room that hosts various Chinese American Cultural events and programs, which include- Chinese New Year Celebrations, tax help, English and Citizenship Test preparation courses, and various cooking and cultural classes
Three major freeways- 101, 280, and 85- run through the city. In addition, downtown Sunnyvale is less than 10 miles from the San Jose Airport.
Currently, the city is looking to rebuild Downtown Sunnyvale into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly gathering place for shopping, working, living and entertainment, which will usher in many opportunities for investment and job creation.
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SaratogaTucked away in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga is a lovely residential community with a small-town feel. The City is well known for its excellent schools, fine dining, unique shops, and distinctive cultural institutions. Saratoga offers a high quality of life to its residents and a chance to enjoy a semi-rural setting while still participating in the modern, high-tech world of Silicon Valley.
$167,204(CA median income: $61,021)
68.2%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Saratoga has more multimillion-dollar homes than anyplace else in Silicon Valley. These mansions are home to many of Silicon Valley's leaders and boast some of the finest architecture. The median income is one of the highest in the Bay area at $167,204
The percentage of family households in Saratoga is 82.3%, which is well above the state average at 68.9%. Saratoga is an attractive upper-class residential community with antique shops, restaurants and European-themed bakeries, as well as plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities
A quaint strip of restaurants in Saratoga Village, Big Basin Way offers a special appeal to the senses, with top-quality cuisine, a sophisticated ambience, and beautiful views looking out onto the natural beauty of the village. There are also many spots nearby for picnicking along Saratoga Creek.
3,688 acres of lushly wooded park nestled into the Santa Cruz Mountains, Sanborn-Skyline County Park draws the weary worker out of the city to a peaceful retreat from urban life, where one may sit and relax by a lily pond or contemplate amongst trees. Also, well known and established vineyards are located in the Saratoga foothills including the Garrod Estate Vineyards and the Mountain Vineyard, both of which were founded in the 1800's
Saratoga Union Elementary School District is ranked 6th in California and Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District is ranked 25th in California; it is also home to West Valley College with a full-time enrollment of 5,880; and Saratoga Community Chinese School provides a weekend program
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San JoseSan Jose is the tenth largest city in the United States, the largest city in Northern California and the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Notably, California’s first state capital, its history and location within the booming local technology industry has earned the city the nickname “Capital of Silicon Valley.” San Jose has a world-renowned quality of life, offering a wide variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational, and entertainment opportunities. Such big city advantages do not mean a tradeoff in safety and cleanliness. San Jose holds the best public safety record of any metropolitan area in the nation.
$80,616(CA median income: $61,021)
31.6%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
San Jose is home to the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world- more than 6,600 technology companies employing more than 254,000 people; it is home to- Cisco Systems, IBM, eBay, and Hitachi
San Jose fulfills the many needs and desires of urban living. Santana Row, San Jose's premier shopping district, has numerous exclusive stores that carry high name brands, beautifully landscaped parks and plazas, delicious restaurants, and plenty of outdoor entertainment. The city center is a bustling performance art district with venues where Broadway musicals and innovative theatrical works are performed, as well as one of the nation’s largest youth theatre productions. Leisure time can be spent at one of the city’s fifteen golf courses or three theme parks. San Jose has a very strong and competitive academic environment, with over 22 public schools and 20 colleges in the area. The city also has a strong healthcare system with seven top-quality hospitals.
By 1997, the U.S. saw an explosion in the creation of new companies that use the Internet to change the way business is done. High technology had become a major factor in the economic growth of U.S. cities, and San Jose was at the center of it all. By 2000 San Jose was a mecca for hot startup companies and venture capital dollars. San Jose, and in particular the Silicon Valley region, is a hotbed of technology and technological innovation. The area has received more patents than any other technology region in the United States. Technology businesses centered here continue to grow and expand in the twenty-first century, as does the growth of service and support businesses to the industry.
San Jose is known for its wide array of authentic Chinese food and specialties. It is also known for its numerous Chinese community service organizations, ranging in services from counseling and support for individuals and their families, struggling with mental illness, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia, to prevention and intervention services for at-risk adolescents
Just five minutes from the San Jose International Airport, downtown San Jose is at the intersection of four major interstate freeways: the 101, which runs north to San Francisco and south to Los Angeles, the 280, which heads north to San Francisco along the west side of the Peninsula, the 880 which runs north to Oakland, and the 680, which runs parallel to the 880 all the way up to Fremont then cuts to the eastern suburbs
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Palo AltoWhether you are visiting for business, for pleasure or to attend a conference or other event at Stanford University, you will quickly discover the unusual blend of intellect, innovation, culture and natural beauty that makes Palo Alto so special. The area is home to Nobel Prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, venture-capital firms, HP, Facebook, Stanford University, and Stanford Medical Center.
$108,020(CA median income: $61,021)
74.4%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Palo Alto is best known as home to Stanford University, one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world, both for undergraduate teaching and graduate-level research. On the whole, residents of Palo Alto are the most educated in the Bay area, with 74.4% of residents having obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher. And Palo Alto public schools are some of the top in the country, with Palo Alto High School earning a Gold ranking this year in the U.S. News & World Report.
Stanford Shopping Center has 140-plus stores, 1.3 million square feet of premier retail space, dozens of restaurants and coffee shops, and public art by nationally acclaimed artists. The open-air Stanford Shopping Center is considered one of the top shopping centers in the country; Palo Alto also features a vibrant downtown shopping district and a specialty center south on El Camino
Restaurants are the focal point for nightlife in Palo Alto, home to some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, in many cases rivaling the best restaurants in San Francisco. It is a favorite dinner spot for locals living throughout Silicon Valley and visiting tourists and business people from around the world.
Palo Alto has three golf courses, an ice skating winter lodge, and a plethora of museums and art galleries. A popular walking trail is the Stanford "Dish" loop, a paved path winding through the Stanford foothills with tremendous views of the University, Palo Alto and the entire Peninsula. Another popular hiking destination is the Baylands Nature Preserve, located at the end of Embarcadero Road, which offers miles of flat walking trials that allow visitors to explore the area's extensive wildlife habitat.
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Los GatosLos Gatos is one of Santa Clara County’s oldest communities. Today, the Town is situated within the largest metropolitan area of northern California, and is a suburban, high tech, tourist destination that is closely tied to Silicon Valley and its fast paced economy. Its strong mix of residential, commercial and light industrial uses enables the city to continue to retain its small town image. Los Gatos has increasingly become a destination spot for young top Silicon Valley executives and their families because of its vibrant downtown community, hip jazz scene, and picturesque greenbelt areas that serve as a pleasant retreat from the urban life of the Valley.
$112,731(CA median income: $61,021)
58.9%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
The downtown shopping district provides a friendly small-town shopping experience along with a high quality selection of retail goods. The bustling retail district includes many innovative owner-operated businesses as well as top-of-the-line local and national merchandisers. A pleasant stroll along the walkable, historic boulevards draws one’s attention to the classic architectural facades that characterize all of the 112 shops and 52 restaurants.
Located at the south western edge of Silicon Valley’s rapid growth and booming economy, Los Gatos serves its residents with over 3000 businesses, and is a destination point for visitors who are attracted to its restaurants, hotels and a variety of high-end specialty shops within a pedestrian-oriented downtown setting. Los Gatos is also home to Netflix, Inc., a movie internet subscription service, that is one of the most successful dot.com ventures and is the top ranking U.S. stock in the leisure sector.
The vibrant downtown district, ripe with window-shopping and people-watching, numerous cafes, farmer’s market, and beautiful parks and trails, all make for the perfect destination spot for young executives working in Silicon Valley who desire a vibrant neighborhood to play and raise their families
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Los Altos/Los Altos HillsLos Altos is one of the wealthiest places in the United States, with an upper-class demographic. Many are drawn to this town because of the beauty of the area—rolling hills, picturesque valleys, and mild climate. One of the most distinctive features of the town is the singular dedication to the preservation of a “residential-agricultural” lifestyle, which is manifested in gracious homes, vast open lands rolling hills, spectacular views of the South and East Bay communities, and a uniquely semi-rural atmosphere—a rarity in the one of most densely populated counties in California.
$151,481(CA median income: $61,021)
71.3%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Los Altos is known for holding a variety of annual festivals and parades including, the Main Street Parade, the Festival of Lights Parade, the Fall Antique Americana Show & Sale, the Downtown Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, and many more. These festivals bring together Los Altos residents as well as attract residents from neighboring communities
More than 150 shops and boutiques offer an exceptional variety of merchandise. Well known for carrying European as well as local up and coming designers, antiques, art galleries, home accessories, gifts and items for children, Los Altos is the perfect place for window shopping and strolling along tree-lined streets.
All of the public schools are highly regarded. In fact, many young families move to Los Altos specifically for its strong school system. The Los Altos Elementary School District is ranked 2nd in the state.
Along with having one of the highest median incomes in the country with Los Altos at $151,481 and Los Altos Hills at $207,453, the city also boasts some of the most highly educated residents of the Bay area, with 71.3% of residents having a Bachelor’s degree or higher. This elite demographic is largely due to the fact that many staff members at Stanford University and high tech companies choose the beautiful Los Altos as their home.
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Menlo Park/AthertonWith historical pride and progressive attractions, Menlo Park captures a glimpse into the past, while continuing to participate in modern day excitement. Residents can enjoy a small-town feel while living in the heart of Silicon Valley and the world’s “capital” of venture capital firms.
$101,734(CA median income: $61,021)
61.7%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Much of Menlo Park's economy centers around the companies on Sand Hill Road, most famous for being the location of many Silicon Valley venture capital firms; it is also consists of private equity, financial services, law firms, and other professional service companies and investment vehicles focusing on technology.
In addition to its venture capital base, Menlo Park is also home to Stanford Research Institute and a number of other biotech companies, such as Geron Corporation that works with stem cell research. Some of its other major employers are Sun Microsystems (which was recently bought by Oracle), Intuit, E-Trade, and Tyco Electronics.
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park’s “main street” is lined with craft shops, clothing boutiques, interior design stores, French bistros and chain coffee cafes housed in simple, one- and two-story buildings. During the day, it's alive with activity, as business professionals come to grab lunch, groups of women go shopping, and young people-watch and grab an afternoon snack.
Menlo Park is known for having some of the best public middle and elementary schools in California. It is also well known for having some of the best private schools in the Bay area, which attract the best students from around the region.
The neighboring residential town of Atherton has one of the highest median household incomes, exceeding $200,000. Its scenic, rural, thickly wooded, abundant open space is home to several Hall of Fame Major League Baseball players, numerous venture capitalist founders, the former CEO of Ebay and Republican nominee for Governor of California, Meg Whitman, and numerous other CEOs and founders of prestigious high tech corporations.
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MilpitasOften called the “Crossroads of Silicon Valley” the City of Milpitas is a progressive community that is an integral part of the high tech Silicon Valley. Rich in diversity, with immigrants from various Asian countries making up more than half of the population, Milpitas, is an affluent and well-educated community, which also maintains an affordable housing market, relative to the majority of Santa Clara County.
$102,422(CA median income: $61,021)
83.2%High School or Higher
The computer industry, which includes computer equipment manufacturing and software programming, is the largest source of employment in Milpitas. Milpitas is home to the headquarters of Sandisk, Linear Technology, Adaptec and more. Many other companies have offices in Milpitas including Cisco Systems, Quantum, Seagate Technology, LifeScan, and Phoenix Technologies.
Great Mall of the Bay Area, the largest mall in the region, is unlike many other malls in that it is one-story "flat" mall; various major retailers are represented in the mall. A unique sector of the 3.5 million square feet of retail in Milpitas is Milpitas Square, a large outdoor shopping center anchored by 99 Ranch Market and focused on meeting needs of Asian immigrants in the area, with numerous Chinese restaurants and bakeries as well as other Chinese specialty stores.
Asians constitute 54.4% of the population; on the “Top 101 Cities” list, Milpitas is #1 with the most Korean residents, #3 with the most Filipino residents, and #4 with the most Chinese residents, and #8 with the most Japanese residents
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FremontThe fourth most populous city in the Bay Area and California's fifth largest city, Fremont is to home to a broad variety of innovative firms over 1,200 high tech, life science, and clean technology firms. Fremont is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the Bay Area. Its central location makes it a hub for East Bay commuters, with its proximity to major universities, shopping areas, recreation, and major airports.
$94,866(CA median income: $61,021)
88.4%High School or Higher
Fremont is home to several semiconductor processing companies like Lam Research, Volterra Semiconductor, and AXT Inc., as well as a diverse genre of high technology equipment and service manufacturers like Synnex, Oplink Communications, Seagate, Boston Scientific, and Western Digital
Fremont is 48.7% Asian and about 20% Chinese. The city has over 116 Chinese restaurants, numerous Chinese marketplaces, and continues to attract more Chinese families, every year, because of it strong public school system.
Fremont Unified School District has some of the top performing local public schools in California.
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San MateoSan Mateo, located halfway in between San Francisco and San Jose is the central hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, as well as one of the larger suburbs along the Peninsula. Home to a vibrant downtown district and close to many affluent communities and gorgeous small town beach communities, San Mateo is ideal for any Bay Area visit, business or pleasure. Its high accessibility have also made it desirable as headquarters to several large corporations like Robert Half International and a number of financial institutions.
$80,319(CA median income: $61,021)
38.6%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
San Mateo is home to Peninusla Golf and Country Club, a private, full service, family-oriented social club, with an 18-hole golf course. Membership to this club is highly coveted. Not far from the country club is yet another landmark of the city, the Hillsdale Mall, which is anchored by Macy’s, Sears, and Nordstrom and has over 130 shops and restaurants.
The ability to walk to work, to dinner, to shop, to the dry cleaner or shoe repair makes Downtown a very convenient, healthy, and exciting place to live in San Mateo. Downtown San Mateo is filled with restaurants, shopping, an eclectic entertainment scene, and a 16-acre park—all of which create a vibrant neighborhood with a distinct character. Along with sports facilities, San Mateo’s Central Park has a Japanese Tea Garden, a miniature train for children to ride, and a community center that provides Tai Chi classes and programs for the elderly. The area is a popular place to retire to, particularly because it has a large number of luxury retirement communities.
The largest employer in San Mateo is Franklin Templeton Investments, which moved its headquarters from New York to San Mateo. Other notable companies based in San Mateo are New York Life Insurance Company and Fisher Investements. Software service companies make up the other predominant high-tech companies in the area.
San Mateo is home to San Francisco International Airport, which is less than ten minutes from the downtown area. Interstates 280, 101, and 92/San Mateo Bridge, pass through it, making it a major commuter hub in the Peninsula.
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Foster CityFoster City is an affluent Utopian-planned city with a beautiful, man-made lagoon system that makes it a popular destination for sailing and other water-bound activities. It successfully embodies the transforming powers of redevelopment. A barren land, just 50 years ago, Foster City has become resplendent with trees, lagoons and award-winning homes, as well as a bustling economy, with the daytime population of employees almost equaling the nighttime population of residents.
$110,457(CA median income: $61,021)
59.8%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Ranked 10th on Forbes 2009 list of “America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well.” Also recognized several times in Money Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live.” With numerous grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities all within walking distance of every neighborhood in the city, Foster City is a very convenient, comfortable, and family-friendly place to live. In addition, Foster City has more parks per capita than any other city in California, as well as well-connected biking trails all along the San Francisco Bay. It is also one of the nation’s cleanest and safest cities.
#3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in: Radio, TV, and computer and software, and other electronic stores (population 5,000+).” Foster City is home to Sony Computer Entertainment and was the former home of the world headquarters of VISA International. VISA still holds four buildings in Foster City. It is also home to biotech companies, such as Life Technologies and Gilead Sciences.
Foster City is known for its neatly cut, man-made lagoon system that makes for quite an eye-catching aerial view. In an attempt to preserve the city's waterways and reduce noise levels, only electric, wind, or man-powered watercraft are permitted in the lagoon. The lagoon is used both for runs to the grocery store and sporting events. The Bay Area Dragons and Ho'okahi Pu'uwai Outrigger Canoe clubs operate in the lagoon.
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Burlingame/HillsboroughBurlingame was settled by wealthy San Franciscans looking for a better climate for their second homes. As a result of this legacy, it is renowned for many surviving examples of Victorian architecture and its high residential quality of life. It is also recognized for its high-class downtown area, which serves the southern-bordering residential town of Hillsborough. Hillsborough has been documented in various places, as having the highest median household income in the country.
$204,178(CA median income: $61,021)
70%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Burlingame is known as the "City of Trees" due to the number of trees within the city (18,000 public trees). In 1908, the Burlingame board of trustees passed an ordinance "prohibiting cutting, injuring, or destroying trees.” Most residential properties have trees owned and protected by the city on their public right of way. In addition the city has many parks and Eucalyptus groves that add to the overall tree numbers.
Due to the proximity to San Francisco International Airport and a population increase beginning in the 1960s, various airline support service businesses opened in Burlingame. As of 2002 most of the businesses in the Rollins Road industrial area serve the airline industry due to the proximity to San Francisco International Airport. China Airlines operates the San Francisco Branch Office in Burlingame. Burlingame is also known for its large hospital, Mills Peninsula Health Services, the largest employer in Burlingame, which employs around 2,500 people.
Hillsborough's landscape is dominated by large homes; the city enforces a 2,500-square-foot minimum house size and minimum lot size of 0.5 acres to preserve exclusivity. As a result, there are no apartments, condominiums or townhouses in the city limits.
According to The Best Places to Live 2007 in Money Magazine, Hillsborough's $263,456 median household income is the highest in the country. The median family income is $370,945 per year, and the average resident spends $11,023 per year on vacations. As of the year 2000, Hillsborough was the highest income place in the United States among cities with a population of 10,000 or more.
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South San FranciscoSouth San Francisco has traditionally been a middle class and working class city, but that image is quickly changing as many luxury homes have been built in the area in recent years, to take advantage of the city's close proximity to downtown San Francisco, the bio-tech industry, and the peninsula.
$72,876(CA median income: $61,021)
25.2%Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
South San Francisco is home to Genentech, one of the world's largest biotech companies, as well as a satellite office of Amgen, the world's largest biotech firm. Many other biotech companies have also started or moved to South San Francisco to be in proximity to the UCSF, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley, including, Exelixis, a genomics-based drug discovery company, and Sugen, a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops small molecule drugs used for diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
Sign Hill, which rises to the north of the city bears large white letters that proclaim: "The Industrial City," which refers mainly to the flat land east of the Bayshore Freeway (US 101). South San Francisco's office parks and industrial zoning are favorable to meet the needs of industry, and the property taxes levied from the extensive industrial park provide revenues for the city. South San Francisco is home to food wholesaler and Fortune 500 Company, Core-Mark.
Most of the valley faces San Francisco Bay, affording bay views from higher levels. South San Francisco has many walkways and bike trails that run adjacent to the San Francisco Bay, from where runners are able to view San Francisco International Airport operations. South San Francisco is home to many hotels as well, since it is the closest city to San Francisco that is actually directly next to SFO.