Mountain View

In Mountain View, that company was Shockley Semiconductor, founded in 1956 by William Shockley.

Welcome to Mountain View

Like most cities in Silicon Valley, Mountain View owes its existence not to technology but to agriculture. It wasn’t until the 1950s, hundreds of years after the first settlers arrived and decades past its heyday as the “Valley of the Heart’s Delight” that technology companies came to the Santa Clara Valley to make their mark.
 
In Mountain View, that company was Shockley Semiconductor, founded in 1956 by William Shockley. Others soon followed. Sleepy Mountain View, which entered the 1950s with a long history of agricultural success and a population of around 6,000 residents, grew by 370 percent during the decade. By 1960, the population of Mountain View, the new center for aerospace and electronics, was 30,889.
 
Mountain View has again doubled in size since then. Today it has more than 80,000 citizens living in nine separate districts. Technology still drives the city’s economy, with numerous upper-case names calling Mountain View home. The most significant of these is Google, which moved its headquarters to the former home of Silicon Graphics, in 2003. The “Googleplex” employs over 25,000 and isn’t done expanding.
 
The influence of Google, Symantec, LinkedIn, Intuit and others in Mountain View cannot be overstated. Mountain View’s downtown, for example, has undergone a complete overhaul in recent years. Beginning in 1990, city leaders took a sharp turn from decades-old policies that had turned their town into what some were calling a “dormitory for high-tech workers,” transforming downtown into a pedestrian hub and a transit hub, thanks to CalTrain and light rail stations at the foot of Castro Street.
 
Downtown is also where you’ll now find all manner of restaurants, shops and lively sidewalks. On Sundays you’ll find a farmers market and during the summer, Castro Street is closed to vehicles every Thursday night for Thursday Night Live, a community celebration with live music, children’s activities and, at times, a classic car show. Once a year, downtown hosts a holiday tree lighting ceremony and every September since 1971 – except for a pandemic-induced break in 2020 – it’s hosted the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.
 
Downtown is surrounded by neighborhoods dating back to the early 1900s, classic Victorian and Arts & Crafts homes and small hints of the city’s agricultural past. West of El Camino Real the streets lose their gridded pattern, settling into the curved lanes and cul-de-sacs of 1950s and 60s suburbia. These neighborhoods were built for the middle class but they’ve become upper-middle-class as Mountain View’s status as a tech mecca has grown.
 
As that status grows so does the demand to live in Mountain View. In the 1990s, the city responded by creating a new neighborhood on top of the 55-acre former GTE Sylvania campus. Oriented around the VTA’s Whisman Station light rail stop, the Whisman Station neighborhood features condominiums, townhouses, single-family homes, community pools and center and the Stevens Creek Trail, a 4.8-mile paved pedestrian and bicycle path that passes woodlands and tidal marshes on its way through town, all conveniently located for commuters and reasonably close to downtown.
 
Another landmark has grown up along something many people may not even know Mountain View has: its bayfront. Shoreline Park, Mountain View’s epicenter of recreation, with a 50-acre lake, a golf course, driving range and vast network of trails including segments of the San Francisco Bay Trail, was once San Francisco’s landfill. In 1983, after years of transformation, it was reborn as a park. In 1986, the city added the Shoreline Amphitheater, one of the region’s biggest outdoor concert venues, to the park.
 

Also located in Shoreline Park is the Rengstorff House, the 1867 home of city pioneer Henry Rengstorff. Once left destitute, the Italianate mansion was restored and moved to Shoreline Park in 1991, where it’s open to the public as a museum. The house is a rare reminder of Mountain View’s roots, aptly placed less than a mile from the Googleplex, the symbol of the present for Mountain View, the quintessential Silicon Valley city.

Overview for Mountain View, CA

82,409 people live in Mountain View, where the median age is 35.4 and the average individual income is $90,717. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

82,409

Total Population

35.4 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$90,717

Average individual Income

Around Mountain View, CA

There's plenty to do around Mountain View, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Very Walkable
Walking Score
99
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
50
Good Transit
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Dipped By Nisha, Art of Living Center for Yoga and Meditation, and Catalyst Kids - Cumberland.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.49 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.82 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.18 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.36 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.94 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Mountain View, CA

Mountain View has 34,316 households, with an average household size of 2.39. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Mountain View do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 82,409 people call Mountain View home. The population density is 6,891.45 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

82,409

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.4

Median Age

52.24 / 47.76%

Men vs Women

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Total Households

2.39

Average Household Size

$90,717

Average individual Income

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Schools in Mountain View, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Mountain View. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Gabriela Mistral Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Mariano Castro Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Monta Loma Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Mountain View-Los Altos Montessori Childrens Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
St Paul Lutheran Child Development Center
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Yew Chung International School (Sv)
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
St Joseph Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Edith Landels Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Frank L. Huff Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Isaac Newton Graham Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
St Stephen Lutheran School
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
Benjamin Bubb Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
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