If you’re looking for a job in Santa Clara, 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.

Nestled between Sunnyvale and San Jose in the South Bay, Santa Clara is a mid-size city with a suburban feel, but all of the fire of Silicon Valley. Here, you can find jobs with top semiconductor manufacturers like Intel, Applied Materials and Texas Instruments.

However, this isn’t just a high-tech mecca. Santa Clara brings a strong entertainment game with the 75,000 seat Levi’s Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers and the likes of Beyoncé perform. It is also home to the Bay Area’s local amusement park, California’s Great America and Santa Clara University University. The University is small and selective, known for both its academics and its exceptional Division I athletics.

What you’re looking at is a multifaceted city at the intersection of technology, sports, entertainment and academia, where the median age is under 40. Whether you’re just starting your career or steadily climbing toward the peak, this is a place with a diversity of professional opportunities.


Getting to Work

Santa Clara commuters will be pleased to find two train stations in town: the Santa Clara—Great America stop, which is accessible via two Amtrak lines, and the Santa Clara stop, which can be reached by both Caltrain and Amtrak. Long distance commuters may also make use of the nearby Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Additionally, commuters from within Silicon Valley have access to the public light rail and more than 10 bus lines. Walking around the university neighborhood, The Old Quad, is rather convenient, and while Santa Clara as a whole gets a walking score of 59, that area scores an accommodating 71.

Still, more than 90% of commuters get to work in their cars, because the city is located at the convenient junction of highways 880, 280 and 101, and is accessible from all parts of the Bay Area.

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

Wages in Santa Clara

Effective January 2017, Santa Clara’s minimum wage currently sits at $11.10 an hour. For details about the minimum wage ordinances, visit the City of Santa Clara’s webpage.

In April 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Be sure to check the CA.gov website for the most up-to-date minimum wage information.

The median household income in Santa Clara is $98,914, nearly double the national average of $53,046! The median individual income is $42,794.

Cost of Living in Santa Clara

There’s no doubt about it, Santa Clara is an expensive place to live. As of March 2017, the median home sale price in Santa Clara is $935,000 and the median rent price is $3,550 per month.

Eating and Drinking in Santa Clara

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 Santa Clara.

Grab coffee before work at Paris Baguette or Chromatic Coffee. Check out the lunch specials at Sumiya Yakitori, Falafel’s Drive-In, and Orenchi Ramen. Meet your friends after work for happy hour at Taplands, Homestead Lounge, and Parcel 104.


Coworking Spaces in Santa Clara

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.

Check out Regus in Santa Clara or take a short drive to Sunnydale where you’ll find Pacific Workplaces.

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