The history of Santa Clara began when the Spanish began to colonize California with 21 missions. Incorporated as a town in 1852, the economy then centered on agriculture, with family orchards and vegetable farms on the fertile land. Not until the 1960s did the semiconductor industry change the valley into a high-tech industry hub. Now, Santa Clara is home to such high-tech companies as Intel, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems and Agilent Technologies, to name a few.

IMPORTANT $$$ SAVER! Santa Clara owns and operates its own electric utility called Silicon Valley Power and recently purchased a gas powered electric plant called DVR. The plant produces power for the city and its residents, resulting in considerably cheaper energy than that offered by the dominant utility, Pacific Gas and Electric. It offers the region?s lowest combined utility costs in the nine Bay Area counties, with savings of 30% to 40% on electricity alone, and it is consistently rated one of the most affordable cities in the nation for business. With rising energy costs, many homebuyers choose the city of Santa Clara to live in for this reason.

The City of Santa Clara allows residents a plethora of recreational and cultural activities. One can explore California?s early history at Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University. Other points of interest and attractions include the 100-acre Great America theme park, the Triton museum of Art, the de Saisset Museum and the Intel Museum. Voted as one of the ten All-American Cities by the National Civic League, Santa Clara has the strong economy of the high tech industry with the ?human touch? of a safe family-friendly suburban community.

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