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Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara California
Full nameCity of Santa Clara
Official nameCity of Santa Clara
Settlement typeCity
CountryUS United States
StateCalifornia California
CountySanta Clara
City CouncilMayor Jamie L. Matthews
Pat Kolstad
Will Kennedy
Kevin Moore
Patricia Mahan
Lisa M. Gillmor
Jamie McLeod
City ManagerJennifer Sparacino
Total Area18.407 sq mi (47.7 km2)
Land Area18.407 sq mi (47.7 km2)
Water Area0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation75 ft (22.9 m)
Total Population116468 (3rd in Santa Clara County
48th in California
221st in the United States) (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes95050-95056
Area code408
FIPS code06-69084
GNIS feature ID1654953

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Santa Clara (c-eniconˌsæntəˈklærə), founded in 1777 and incorporated in 1852, is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. The city is the site of the eighth of 21 California missions, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, and was named after the mission. The Mission and Mission Gardens are located on the grounds of Santa Clara University. Saint Clare is the patron saint of Santa Clara. The population was 116,468 at the 2010 census.

Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley, and is home to the headquarters of Intel, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, NVIDIA, Agilent Technologies, and many other high-tech companies. It is home to both Mission College and Santa Clara University, the latter being the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California.

Santa Clara is also home to California's Great America, an amusement park operated by Cedar Fair, L.P. The San Francisco 49ers NFL football team has its headquarters and practice facilities in Santa Clara. On Wednesday, November 8, 2006, the 49ers announced their intention to move the team to Santa Clara, after negotiations failed with the city of San Francisco to build a new stadium.

Santa Clara owns and operates an electric utility called Silicon Valley Power. In 2005 Silicon Valley Power brought online the Donald Von Raesfeld (DVR) Power Plant. The new combined-cycle gas turbine plant produces 147 megawatts of electricity for the city and its residents. As a result, the going rate for electricity in Santa Clara is considerably cheaper than that offered by Northern California's dominant utility, Pacific Gas and Electric.

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