It’s tough to think of Mountain View, California, without thinking of its most famous corporate citizen, Google, but long before Google, there was a beautiful city named for its view of the Santa Clara Mountains.
Just 35 miles from San Francisco and 10 miles from San Jose, Mountain View is both a commuter city and an industrial headquarter.
Founded in 1902, Mountain View began as a stagecoach stop between San Francisco and San Jose. Like most cities in the area, it was an agricultural Mecca. However, by the mid 20th Century, its transformation into a tech giant began. Now, companies like Mozilla, Dell Kace, LinkedIn, Symantec and of course, Google, call Mountain View home. It’s also home to dozens of other tech companies and to NASA Ames Research Center and the Air National Guard.
Not surprisingly, Mountain View houses the largest computer history museum in the world. Its largest park, like many in the Bay Area, is built on a landfill and includes the Shoreline Amphitheater, the Shoreline Golf Course. The San Francisco Bay Trail runs along the park. It’s also home to a branch of the world-famous Carnegie Mellon University.
Mountain View is home to about 75,000 residents, many of whom are young, single and without children. It’s also ethnically diverse, with a large Asian and Latino population.
Mountain View is one of Silicon Valley’s most reasonably priced cities, with a cost of living below California’s average, although above the nation’s average. Despite that fact, Mountain View boasts of a low crime rate, great schools and is considered exceptionally livable. It’s ranked the 28th most livable city in California and 206th in the nation.
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