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If you’re looking for a job in Mountain View, this guide has everything you need to know about getting to work, wages, cost of living, coffee shops, lunch specials, happy hours, and coworking spaces.

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Mountain View is where the tech boom began and where Silicon Valley got its name. The first silicon semiconductors used in our everyday electronics were invented here, and the very first Apple computers were sold in town. So it’s no surprise that Mountain View remains a hot spot for jobs in both technology and science. The city is home to the headquarters of Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Microsoft and a number of pharmaceutical and life science research companies.

Located—appropriately—between two mountain ranges, it’s a small, affluent city, with a bustling downtown life and peaceful, expansive parks. As a place to work, Mountain View is where you’ll find some of the most talented and successful people in their industries. So while the outward pace may seem slow and casual, know that the whirring minds and professional lives of many people in Mountain View are as fast-paced as any big city.

Getting to Work in Mountain View

If you commute to work in Mountain View, you certainly won’t be the only one, and there are a number of options for transit.

The Downtown Mountain View Station is a hub for public buses, the light rail and city shuttles. It’s also where one of the two Mountain View Caltrain stops is located—the other is in the San Antonio district. Many companies in Mountain View charter private buses to help employees make their commutes. These buses come from all over the Bay Area and stop at the Downtown station too.

The city has a walking score of 59 and a transit score of 42, meaning that some areas — San Antonio, Shoreline West and Old Mountain View  — are easier to get to than others. Nearly 90% of commuters drive or take private transportation, 3% use public transit, and another 4% go by bicycle.

Curious about the cost of your commute? Calculate commute time and costs here.

Wages in Mountain View

As of March 2017, the minimum wage in Mountain View sits at $13.00, though the city pledges to raise that number to $15.00 by 2018.

The median household income in Mountain View is $103,488, nearly double the national average of $53,046! The median individual income is $55,143.

Cost of Living in Mountain View

There’s no doubt about it, Mountain View is an expensive place to live. As of May 2016, the median home sale price in Mountain View is $1,360,000 and the median rent price is $4,000 per month.

Eating and Drinking in Mountain View

Whether you need to get caffeinated in the morning or wind down after work, there’s no shortage of restaurants, bars and cafes to try in Mountain View.

Grab coffee before work at Verde Tea Cafe and Red Rock Coffee. Check out the lunch specials at Sushi Tomi, Vaso Azzurro Ristorante, and Taqueria Los Charros. Meet your friends after work for happy hour at Stein’s Beer Garden, St. John’s Bar and Grill, and Tied House Cafe and Brewery.

Coworking Spaces in Mountain View

For freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, coworking is a great option. A coworking community can offer you flexibility, conference space access, and a network of new co-workers with whom to share office supplies and great ideas.

For coworking options in Mountain View, check out Design Spaces or take a short drive to Palo Alto and check out Enerspace Palo Alto and Sandbox Suites. You can also look on Liquidspace, a searchable database of monthly and hourly workspaces.

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