Santa Clara is a city that is located in the northwestern portion of the US state of California. It is in Santa Clara County and is located just a few miles from San Francisco. English is the primary spoken and written language in Santa Clara.
The area around Santa Clara has been inhabited for centuries, but the first Europeans to settle there were the Spanish in 1769. The Spanish Mission Santa Clara de Asis was founded in 1777. After the US acquired the California territory the city was named Santa Clara in honor of the original Spanish mission and in 1852 it was incorporated into a town. The early economy of the region relied primarily on farms and orchards. Today Santa Clara no longer retains any of its agricultural roots. It is in the center of Silicon Valley, the center of the US’ technology industry. It is the home to Intel, Sun Microsystems, NVIDIA, and several other tech companies. It is also home to Santa Clara University.
Santa Clara has a Mediterranean climate which means mild temperatures year round. Summer temperatures generally stay in the 70's or 80's Fahrenheit while winter temperatures rarely dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is the dry season with scarce rain. Most of the areas rainfall occurs during the months of January through March.
The city is home to one major professional sports team, the San Jose Earthquakes. The earthquakes participate in the Major League Soccer western division and play their home matches at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. The city is also in talks with the NFL football team, the San Francisco 49ers, to build a new stadium in Santa Clara.
The closest major airports to Santa Clara are San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport. These airports offer flights to major destinations in the US, Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Mineta San Jose International Airport is also nearby.
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