Glass and steel corporate headquarters rise above and yet blend with tree-shrouded residential neighborhoods that climb into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. This is the backdrop for living and working in Cupertino, California.
The city's renown far surpasses its moderate size of approximately 54,000 residents. Around the world, Cupertino is famous as the home of high-tech giants, such as Apple Inc. and Symantec Corp. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is known as the city with excellent public schools.
Quality schools and closeness to high-tech jobs make Cupertino a desirable Silicon Valley address for a highly educated and culturally diverse population. More than 60 percent of residents aged 25 years or older hold a bachelor's degree or higher. More than 40 percent of residents were born outside of the United States.
Education, innovation, and collaboration are the hallmarks nourished by the city government, the community, and local industry. Even the configuration of the Civic Center complex underscores that theme: City Hall and the Cupertino Library flank the Cupertino Community Hall. The community hall houses the city council chambers and accommodates public and private events. The library, part of the award-winning Santa Clara County Library system, occupies a state-of-the-art two-story, 54,000-square-foot building that was opened in 2004.
Helping to guide the city's continued development and quality of life are a dozen commissions, including economic development, telecommunications, planning, design review, environmental review, housing, teen, library, bicycle and pedestrian, fine arts, parks and recreation, and public safety.
Cupertino's lush social tapestry includes a range of parades and festivals, such as the Lunar New Year Unity Parade, Cherry Blossom Festival, Moon Festival, and Tournament of Bands.
Cupertino, California, about 20 minutes from San Jose International Airport. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, permanent or temporary, you'll find that the City of Cupertino is a community rich in economy, culture, and sunshine. With one of the most diverse, progressive and technologically savvy populations in Northern California, Cupertino is quickly becoming a city that people like to talk about.
Visit City of Cupertino's sister city, Toyokawa, Japan