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Once known as the “Garden of the World” for its successful fruit orchards in the 1800s, the city of Sunnyvale is rightfully named for its year-round bright and balmy weather. Sunnyvale’s friendly neighborhoods and close-knit communities thrive side-to-side with the tech giants that make Sunnyvale such an iconic part of Silicon Valley.

Sunnyvale is home to several major technology and aerospace and defense headquarters, such as Yahoo, LinkedIn and Lockheed. In addition, it’s a hotspot for other offices, not least Apple and Google. With so many major companies based in Sunnyvale, it’s no surprise that Sunnyvale is so attractive to the next generation of working professionals. Niche currently ranks Sunnyvale as the 15th best city for young professionals in America.

Within Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale leans on the larger side, sporting a population size of over 150,000. It’s the seventh largest city in the bay area. Within its population class, the city is consistently ranked every single year as one of America’s top ten safest cities, according to FBI crime reports and several other city safety rankings. In 2018, SmartAsset.com named Sunnyvale the safest city for the third year in a row.

Sunnyvale’s residents laud the diversity of their neighborhoods. Over 40% of the city is Asian and nearly 17% are Hispanic or Latino. Over half of the city’s residents speak a language other than English.

Sunnyvale’s school district serves around 6,500 students K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 22:1, but doesn’t have any public high schools. Instead, students can attend four of the best public high schools in the state at nearby districts. These schools include Monta Vista High School and Mountain View High School, which Niche ranks 33rd and 34th best public schools in California respectively.

Sunnyvale residents shop local. Every Saturday morning (including holidays!), a massive variety of local business — from fresh fruit and produce to gourmet homemade food to artisan jewelry — beckon to thousands of shoppers in a farmer’s market that spans two entire streets. Sample organic figs, handmade pasta, fresh oysters, Oaxacan cuisine, and so much more. The lines are long, but they’re worth it.

When it’s not bustling on Saturday mornings, Sunnyvale’s historic downtown hums with strolling residents looking for a lively wine and dine, cozy bookstores that double as coffee shops, and alluring boutique and vintage shops. Locals flock to dining hotspots, including café-style Middle Eastern fare at Dishdash, upscale izakaya-style eats and sake at Rokko, and Italian plates on a patio at the Il Postale. Look for spots with live music — if you’re lucky, you might even catch a city-sponsored street performance. Conveniently located next to a Caltrain station and a quiet grassy park, Sunnyvale’s downtown is family-friendly but never boring.

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