Sunnyvale, California Population 2020

152,427

Sunnyvale is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 152,427, it is the 36th largest city in California and the 172nd largest city in the United States. Sunnyvale is currently declining at a rate of -0.25% annually but its population has increased by 8.81% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 140,081 in 2010. Sunnyvale reached it's highest population of 153,633 in 2016. Spanning over 23 miles, Sunnyvale has a population density of 6,919 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sunnyvale is $167,144 with a poverty rate of 5.76%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $2,332 per month, and the median house value is $1.11 Mn. The median age in Sunnyvale is 35 years, 34.6 years for males, and 35.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 106.6 males.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sunnyvale Demographics

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

  • Asian: 45.85%
  • White: 42.12%
  • Other race: 5.23%
  • Two or more races: 4.42%
  • Black or African American: 1.70%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.24%
The current population of Sunnyvale, California is 152,427, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 153,185.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 140,081.

Sunnyvale, California Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20202,010,1605,5300.28%
20192,004,6305,5200.28%
20181,999,1105,5300.28%
20171,993,5804,7600.24%
20161,988,82013,1000.66%
20151,975,72024,8701.26%
20141,950,85026,2801.35%
20131,924,57029,5901.54%
20121,894,98026,8301.42%
20111,868,15026,5501.42%
20101,841,6000.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Asian69,84545.85%
White64,16542.12%
Some Other Race7,9645.23%
Two or More Races6,7304.42%
Black or African American2,5971.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native6510.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3710.24%

Sunnyvale Population Pyramid 2020

Sunnyvale Median Age

35


Total

34.6


Male

35.9


Female

Sunnyvale Adults

There are 119,518 adults, (17,984 of whom are seniors) in Sunnyvale.

Sunnyvale Age Dependency

50

Age Dependency Ratio

17.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Sunnyvale Sex Ratio

Female

73,746

48.41%

Male

78,577

51.59%

Sunnyvale Households and Families

Sunnyvale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sunnyvale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married53.1%46.9%
All46.4%53.6%
Female45.7%54.3%
Male36.2%63.8%
Non Family35.5%64.5%

46.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,9382.7146.4
Married32,1653.2453.1
Non Family17,8271.5135.5
Female3,8953.345.7
Male2,0513.6336.2

3.19

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

4.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sunnyvale Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,9813.60%
9th to 12th Grade4,5424.10%
High School Graduate11,97110.81%
Some College13,15311.88%
Associates Degree6,5035.87%
Bachelors Degree33,57330.32%
Graduate Degree36,99533.41%

Sunnyvale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Asian52,70350,26541,261
White37,29936,31223,422
Hispanic16,01011,2063,457
Other Race5,2413,311829
Multiple Races2,6542,5781,606
Black1,8991,642769
Native American41028596
Islander25725523

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 99.22%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 78.29%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$83,855$101,712$60,945
Less Than High School$31,370$33,982$25,184
High School Grad$32,783$39,344$25,924
Some College$47,059$51,929$41,654
Bachelors Degree$95,440$106,628$74,105
Graduate Degree$124,171$138,150$95,405

$83,855

Average Earnings

$101,712

Average Male

$60,945

Average Female

Sunnyvale Language

Sunnyvale Language by Age

Sunnyvale Language

42.16% of Sunnyvale residents speak only English, while 57.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 28.21% of the population.

Sunnyvale Poverty

Sunnyvale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian69,6763,7005.31%
Hispanic26,1052,2908.77%
White47,2252,0014.24%
Other7,91680010.11%
Multiple6,7173925.84%
Black2,56235413.82%
Islander3716918.60%
Native651416.30%

5.76%

Overall Poverty Rate

4.79%

Male Poverty Rate

6.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sunnyvale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sunnyvale is Islander, with 18.60% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sunnyvale is White, with 4.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.81%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.39%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School14.48%
High School9.95%
Some College8.02%
Bachelors or Greater3.11%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed21.55%
Female Unemployed19.47%
Female Employed3.58%
Male Employed2.11%

Sunnyvale Income

Sunnyvale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$131,791$167,144
Families$146,647$183,565
Married Families$162,591$200,591
Non Families$96,399$126,512

Sunnyvale Marital Status

Sunnyvale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

58.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

57.4%

Male Marriage Rate

58.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Sunnyvale Married by Age and Sex

Sunnyvale Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sunnyvale Marital Status by Race

Sunnyvale Veterans

3,853

Number of Veterans

3,453

Male Veterans

400

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,307
Second Gulf War546
Korea520
First Gulf War496
World War II240
Age Group Veterans
75+1,417
65 to 74861
35 to 54651
55 to 64620
18 to 34304
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,0065.86%
Asian5951.06%
Hispanic3481.87%
Black924.42%
2 or More812.40%
Other460.76%
Hawaiian3312.79%

$Sunnyvale Veterans by Education

6.14%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sunnyvale Employment Status

71%

Labor Force Participation

67.7%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Sunnyvale 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

34.99%

Born in California

51.81%

Native Born

48.19%

Foreign Born

29.69%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

51.81% of Sunnyvale residents were born in the United States, with 34.99% having been born in California. 29.69% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020152,427-379-0.25%
2019152,806-379-0.25%
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%