Santa Clara, California is the ninth-most populous city in the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the many suburbs that make up Silicon Valley, the United States’ tech industry center. Intel’s headquarters has made its home in Santa Clara, as well as other tech giants not unlike Google and the once popular Napster. The city sits just forty-five miles southeast of San Francisco, and is home to California’s longest-standing institution of higher learning, Santa Clara University. Unlike most colleges and universities in California, Santa Clara University is an independent college apart from the California University school system.
After the Spanish colonized the area, several missions were established, twenty-one to be precise, throughout the area. The most famous of all, however, was the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, founded in 1777. It was not until the middle of the nineteenth century, however, that California would exist as an American territory, when it went from the California Republic to a state for America.
Orchards of oranges and several other citrus fruits, along with vegetables, thrive in the city’s fertile soil. It was an agriculture empire up until infrastructure and industry slowly took over. As is the story of most of the cities in this area of California, once semiconductors made the area popular for technology the agriculture soon was gone. Santa Clara, along with the close by Valley of Heart’s Delight, were committed to developing more buildings and homes to keep up with the changing industry.
Although Santa Clara is almost fifty miles from San Francisco, the climate in the city is vastly different than that of the foggy Bay City. In the summers it is unusually warm, and does not fog like San Francisco does. The average temperatures range from mid-eighties in the summer, and will drop no further than 53 degrees in the winter. In strange years, there is rain in the summers, but for the most part that rain will come during the winter months. The population of Santa Clara, at least, according to the last census, was around 116,000. When the population density was finally calculated (a story of that mishap worth of looking up) it came out to be just over six thousand.
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