Sunnyvale, California Population 2021

152,495
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Sunnyvale is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 152,495, 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 -0.07% annually but its population has increased by 8.86% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 140,081 in 2010. Sunnyvale reached it's highest population of 153,544 in 2016. Spanning over 23 miles, Sunnyvale has a population density of 6,922 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sunnyvale is $179,798 with a poverty rate of 5.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $2,508 per month, and the median house value is $1.22 Mn. The median age in Sunnyvale is 35.3 years, 34.8 years for males, and 36.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 107.9 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: 46.68%
  • White: 39.82%
  • Other race: 6.18%
  • Two or more races: 4.92%
  • Black or African American: 1.60%
  • Native American: 0.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.26%
The current population of Sunnyvale, California is 152,495, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 152,807.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 140,081.

Sunnyvale, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20211,984,370-3,150-0.16%
20201,987,520-3,140-0.16%
20191,990,660-3,140-0.16%
20181,993,8001,1300.06%
20171,992,6705,0800.25%
20161,987,59013,0900.66%
20151,974,50024,9201.26%
20141,949,58025,9201.33%
20131,923,66029,2101.52%
20121,894,45026,4201.39%
20111,868,03026,4701.42%
20101,841,5600.00%

Sunnyvale Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Asian71,31246.68%
White60,83539.82%
Some Other Race9,4456.18%
Two or More Races7,5184.92%
Black or African American2,4461.60%
American Indian and Alaska Native8120.53%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4020.26%
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Sunnyvale Population by Race

Sunnyvale Population Pyramid 2021

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Sunnyvale Median Age

35.3


Total

34.8


Male

36.2


Female

Sunnyvale Adults

There are 120,716 adults, (18,068 of whom are seniors) in Sunnyvale.

Sunnyvale Age Dependency

48.8

Age Dependency Ratio

17.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Sunnyvale Sex Ratio

Female

73,485

48.10%

Male

79,285

51.90%

Sunnyvale Population by Age

Sunnyvale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sunnyvale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married52.3%47.7%
All45.4%54.6%
Female44.9%55.1%
Male36.3%63.7%
Non Family34.2%65.8%

45.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sunnyvale Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All56,1032.7145.4
Married32,1903.2352.3
Non Family18,1261.5434.2
Female3,5743.344.9
Male2,2133.6236.3

3.17

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

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Sunnyvale Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,1613.73%
9th to 12th Grade4,1413.71%
High School Graduate11,1299.98%
Some College12,73511.42%
Associates Degree6,7916.09%
Bachelors Degree34,20430.67%
Graduate Degree38,37834.41%
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Sunnyvale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sunnyvale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Asian54,39152,05342,593
White36,92336,15023,915
Hispanic15,17910,3363,235
Other Race5,8963,6511,170
Multiple Races2,9112,8621,916
Black1,8951,581782
Native American524375112
Islander23823624

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 99.16%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 78.31%.

Sunnyvale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$87,128$105,130$64,387
Less Than High School$31,028$32,848$26,509
High School Grad$31,559$37,541$25,967
Some College$47,411$52,154$42,113
Bachelors Degree$97,053$111,947$74,528
Graduate Degree$129,092$146,061$104,811

$87,128

Average Earnings

$105,130

Average Male

$64,387

Average Female

Sunnyvale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sunnyvale Language by Age

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Sunnyvale Language

41.93% of Sunnyvale residents speak only English, while 58.07% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 29.32% of the population.

Sunnyvale Language

Sunnyvale Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian71,1993,7485.26%
White46,6102,1064.52%
Hispanic24,9231,9297.74%
Other9,3047628.19%
Multiple7,4985537.38%
Black2,4131707.05%
Islander402297.21%
Native812101.23%

5.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

4.64%

Male Poverty Rate

6.40%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sunnyvale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sunnyvale is Other, with 8.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sunnyvale is Native, with 1.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.87%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.05%.

Sunnyvale Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School11.50%
High School9.53%
Some College7.67%
Bachelors or Greater3.38%

Sunnyvale Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed19.57%
Female Unemployed18.83%
Female Employed3.11%
Male Employed2.39%

Sunnyvale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sunnyvale Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$140,631$179,798
Families$155,434$197,721
Married Families$171,978$215,635
Non Families$103,072$135,546
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Income by Household Type

Sunnyvale Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

58.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.8%

Male Marriage Rate

59.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Sunnyvale Married by Age and Sex

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Sunnyvale 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 Marital Status by Race

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Sunnyvale Marital Status

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3,790

Number of Veterans

3,469

Male Veterans

321

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,251
Second Gulf War636
Korea453
First Gulf War416
World War II230

Sunnyvale Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,428
65 to 74839
35 to 54665
55 to 64557
18 to 34301

Sunnyvale Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,7355.52%
Asian7631.33%
Hispanic3932.21%
Black1135.38%
2 or More661.75%
Other530.78%
Hawaiian3514.71%
Indian254.04%

Sunnyvale Veterans by Race

Sunnyvale Veterans by Education

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5.70%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.28%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sunnyvale Veterans by Education

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71.4%

Labor Force Participation

68.6%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Sunnyvale Employment by Age

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Sunnyvale Employment by Race

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Sunnyvale Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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34.42%

Born in California

51.37%

Native Born

48.63%

Foreign Born

30.41%

Non Citizen

18.23%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

51.37% of Sunnyvale residents were born in the United States, with 34.42% having been born in California. 30.41% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Sunnyvale Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021152,495-104-0.07%
2020152,599-104-0.07%
2019152,703-104-0.07%
2018152,807-410-0.27%
2017153,217-327-0.21%
2016153,5441,9141.26%
2015151,6301,8611.24%
2014149,7691,7141.16%
2013148,0551,6191.11%
2012146,4362,6311.83%
2011143,8053,3432.38%
2010140,4628,7020.64%
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%

Sunnyvale Population by Year