About Mountain View, California
Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. It is named for its picturesque views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is nestled between the mountains and the San Francisco Bay. With a population of over 78,700 residents, the city covers just over 12 square miles and is known for being home to many nationally and internationally recognized corporations, including Google and Mozilla. Mountain View prides itself on providing excellent public services and facilities while maintaining strong neighborhoods and citizen involvement. The city has a strong safety record and is committed to public education. It is the fourth largest city in Santa Clara County, behind San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, and is part of the larger Silicon Valley region.
Mountain View has a rich history, having been settled in 1852 as a stagecoach station and later becoming a shipping point for fruit and grain. The city’s aerospace and electronics industries, influenced by the presence of Moffett Field Naval Air Station and the Ames Laboratory, have merged with those of the rest of Silicon Valley, making high-technology firms particularly important to the city’s economy. Mountain View is also home to the Computer History Museum and the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which hosts outdoor concerts.
The city’s location, diverse community, and strong ties to the technology industry make Mountain View a unique and vibrant place to live and work.