Sunnyvale, California Population 2019

153,185

Sunnyvale is the seventh most populous city in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. It's also the 4th largest city in Silicon Valley behind San Jose, Fremont, and Hayward. Sunnyvale is bordered by San Jose to the north, Los Altos to the southwest, and Santa Clara to the east. As part of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is home to the headquarters of many tech companies and several aerospace and defense companies.

Interestingly, Sunnyvale is also one of the few cities in the United States to feature a single unified Department of Public Safety, exclusively comprising personnel who are trained as firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical responders. In 2019, the estimated population of Sunnyvale is 153,185.

Diversity

About 47% of Sunnyvale's population is foreign-born, one of the country's highest foreign-born populations. Sunnyvale has an Asian-majority population. In the 1880s, Chinese workers made up roughly one-third of the farming workforce. The Asian Indian population is Sunnyvale's fastest growing group and will soon overtake the Vietnamese as the second-largest Asian population in Silicon Valley after the Chinese.

History

Upon the arrival of the Spanish in the 1770s at the Santa Clara Valley, Native Americans heavily populated the area. With the Spanish, however, came smallpox, measles, and other diseases new to the natives which greatly reduced their population. The region was under Mexican rule in the 1840s when a land grant was provided to Lupe Yñigo, one of the only Native Americans to hold a grant. By 1850, California was granted statehood in the United State.

In 1901, Sunnyvale was named in honor of its sunny region away from the fog of neighboring areas. Within a few years, Sunnyvale had its first fruit-packing factory. Today, California is the world’s largest producer of dried fruit. During WWII, however, the fruit industry started to give way to the high tech industry as workers from the fruit farms moved over to work in munitions factories.

Post-war, the farms were cleared to make way for new homes, factories and offices. Lockheed moved to Sunnyvale, and following them came numerous other high-tech companies, including AMD and Yahoo. By 2002, most remaining orchards were gone, replaced with homes and shops.

Population Growth

In 1920, 8 years after officially becoming a city, Sunnyvale had a population of just 1675 people. The 1950s brought a huge boom with an 18% population growth, bringing the population from 9,829 in 1950 to 52,898 in 1960.

Sunnyvale has continued year after year to rank as one of the top ten safest cities of its size in the U.S. 2018 saw SmartAsset name Sunnyvale the third safest city in the country for the third consecutive year. The city continues its modest population growth that is still behind most of California.

Sunnyvale, California's estimated population is 153,185 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Sunnyvale, California is the 36th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 6965.61 people/mi² (2689.43 people/km²).

The overall median age is 35.6 years, 35.2 years for males, and 35.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 105.8 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 58,451 households in the city, with an average size of 2.71 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.4%, with a median rent of $2147/month. The median house has 4.6 rooms, and has a value of $968,700.

The median income for households in Sunnyvale, California is $118,314, while the mean household income is $151,042.

Sunnyvale Ca Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sunnyvale Ca was:

  • Asian: 44.84%
  • White: 43.57%
  • Other race: 4.99%
  • Two or more races: 4.15%
  • Black or African American: 1.70%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.39%
  • Native American: 0.37%

How Many People Live in Sunnyvale, California?

153,185
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018153,185-69-0.05%
2017153,254-379-0.25%
2016153,6331,9181.26%
2015151,7151,8591.24%
2014149,8561,7351.17%
2013148,1211,6471.12%
2012146,4742,6621.85%
2011143,8123,3472.38%
2010140,4658,7050.64%
2000131,76014,5311.18%
1990117,22910,6110.95%
1980106,61810,6421.06%
197095,97643,0786.14%
196052,89843,06918.33%
19509,8295,4568.44%
19404,3731,2793.52%
19303,0941,4196.33%
19201,6750.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20181,999,1075,5250.28%
20171,993,5824,7660.24%
20161,988,81613,0920.66%
20151,975,72424,8731.26%
20141,950,85126,2821.35%
20131,924,56929,5851.54%
20121,894,98426,8361.42%
20111,868,14826,5521.42%
20101,841,5960.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Asian67,95844.84%
White66,04443.57%
Some Other Race7,5634.99%
Two or More Races6,2834.15%
Black or African American2,5711.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5860.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native5600.37%

Sunnyvale Ca Population Pyramid 2019

Sunnyvale Ca Median Age

35.6


Total

35.2


Male

35.9


Female

Sunnyvale Ca Adults

There are 118,340 adults, (18,152 of whom are seniors) in Sunnyvale Ca.

Sunnyvale Ca Age Dependency

51.3

Age Dependency Ratio

18.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Sunnyvale Ca Sex Ratio

Female

73,653

48.59%

Male

77,912

51.41%

Sunnyvale Ca Households and Families

Sunnyvale Ca Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sunnyvale Ca Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married53%47%
Female49.1%50.9%
All46.7%53.3%
Non Family36.3%63.7%
Male32.7%67.3%

46.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,6742.7146.7
Married32,1203.2453
Non Family17,5681.4536.3
Female3,9703.3849.1
Male2,0163.7932.7

3.2

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

4.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sunnyvale Ca Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,1463.79%
9th to 12th Grade4,5504.16%
High School Graduate12,58511.51%
Some College13,33912.20%
Associates Degree6,2415.71%
Bachelors Degree33,04930.22%
Graduate Degree35,44732.41%

Sunnyvale Ca Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Asian50,64748,27439,223
White39,11337,91323,539
Hispanic15,02610,1093,494
Other Race5,1083,033874
Multiple Races2,3812,3021,349
Black1,8661,704702
Islander36234725
Native American31923993

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 77.44%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$80,034$99,685$56,271
Less Than High School$27,388$31,443$21,234
High School Grad$33,588$37,662$25,587
Some College$45,643$51,781$39,187
Bachelors Degree$91,437$105,104$67,889
Graduate Degree$118,199$128,932$91,596

$80,034

Average Earnings

$99,685

Average Male

$56,271

Average Female

Sunnyvale Ca Language

Sunnyvale Ca Language by Age

Sunnyvale Ca Language

43.26% of Sunnyvale Ca residents speak only English, while 56.74% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 27.41% of the population.

Sunnyvale Ca Poverty

Sunnyvale Ca Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian67,8173,8745.71%
White49,5632,7195.49%
Hispanic24,9482,50410.04%
Other7,51884811.28%
Multiple6,2734517.19%
Black2,53740215.85%
Islander58610618.09%
Native560396.96%

6.58%

Overall Poverty Rate

5.72%

Male Poverty Rate

7.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sunnyvale Ca

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sunnyvale Ca is Islander, with 18.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sunnyvale Ca is White, with 5.49% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.92%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.47%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School14.47%
High School11.28%
Some College9.28%
Bachelors or Greater3.28%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed27.50%
Female Unemployed21.13%
Female Employed4.61%
Male Employed2.15%

Sunnyvale Ca Income

Sunnyvale Ca Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$118,314$151,042
Families$134,590$166,389
Married Families$151,624$182,395
Non Families$82,809$111,726

Sunnyvale Ca Marital Status

Sunnyvale Ca Marital Status

Marriage Rates

58.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

58.1%

Male Marriage Rate

59.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Sunnyvale Ca Married by Age and Sex

Sunnyvale Ca Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sunnyvale Ca Marital Status by Race

Sunnyvale Ca Veterans

4,205

Number of Veterans

3,802

Male Veterans

403

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,569
Second Gulf War526
Korea512
First Gulf War510
World War II314

Sunnyvale Ca Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,2536.16%
Asian6091.13%
Hispanic3301.88%
Black1738.40%
2 or More782.54%
Other591.01%
Hawaiian337.75%

Sunnyvale Ca Veterans by Education

7.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sunnyvale Ca Employment Status

70.1%

Labor Force Participation

66.6%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Sunnyvale Ca Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

35.84%

Born in California

52.73%

Native Born

47.27%

Foreign Born

29.22%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

52.73% of Sunnyvale Ca residents were born in the United States, with 35.84% having been born in California. 29.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.