These Are The 10 Best Sunnyvale Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 43 places around Sunnyvale to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Sunnyvale suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Sunnyvale are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Los Altos, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Sunnyvale ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Sunnyvale for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Sunnyvale was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Sunnyvale.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 43 suburbs to evaluate around Sunnyvale.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 43 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Sunnyvale.” We’re lookin’ at you, Los Altos.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Los Altos, CA

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Population: 30,527
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $208,309
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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Los Altos is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Sunnyvale area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Los Altos.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $208,309 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Sunnyvale region. And only 3.8% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,000 each.

Los Altos Hills, CA

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Population: 8,490
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $248,218
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Los Altos Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Sunnyvale for 2019.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Monte Sereno, CA

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Population: 3,551
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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Here in Monte Sereno, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Sunnyvale metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Monte Sereno.

Danville, CA

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Population: 44,205
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $152,798
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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Danville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Sunnyvale for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Danville and the schools are some of the best around.

San Carlos, CA

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Population: 29,954
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Income: $152,521
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is San Carlos.

San Carlos gets kudos for having the 14th most expensive homes in the Sunnyvale area, where houses sell for an average of $1,240,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Woodside, CA

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Population: 5,550
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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Woodside is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.8% which is 9th best in the area.

According to online reports, Woodside is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Sunnyvale area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Hillsborough, CA

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Population: 11,436
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $238,750
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Hillsborough.

Hillsborough schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 21.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Portola Valley, CA

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Population: 4,589
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $244,539
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Portola Valley is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.8% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

San Ramon, CA

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Population: 75,048
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $142,718
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Is ‘Everything Better In San Ramon?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Atherton, CA

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Population: 7,182
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Atherton.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Sunnyvale ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Sunnyvale, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Sunnyvale Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Los Altos 30,527 $208,309
2 Los Altos Hills 8,490 $248,218
3 Monte Sereno 3,551 $250,000
4 Danville 44,205 $152,798
5 San Carlos 29,954 $152,521
6 Woodside 5,550 $250,000
7 Hillsborough 11,436 $238,750
8 Portola Valley 4,589 $244,539
9 San Ramon 75,048 $142,718
10 Atherton 7,182 $250,000
11 Saratoga 31,013 $173,136
12 Pleasanton 79,341 $138,269
13 Belmont 27,110 $125,958
14 Cupertino 60,687 $153,449
15 Palo Alto 67,082 $147,537
16 Dublin 57,022 $138,007
17 Menlo Park 33,661 $132,928
18 Los Gatos 30,709 $132,671
19 Burlingame 30,401 $118,410
20 Campbell 41,164 $108,498
21 Millbrae 22,738 $109,984
22 Mountain View 80,076 $120,351
23 Fremont 230,964 $122,191
24 Pacifica 39,141 $106,959
25 Half Moon Bay 12,565 $110,900
26 Santa Clara 124,635 $108,609
27 Brisbane 4,642 $109,632
28 San Mateo 103,500 $103,399
29 Scotts Valley 11,892 $101,404
30 Livermore 88,232 $109,084
31 San Bruno 43,105 $94,705
32 Morgan Hill 43,136 $107,161
33 South San Francisco 67,120 $92,074
34 Capitola 10,158 $69,016
35 Milpitas 75,498 $110,752
36 Alameda 78,246 $89,045
37 Newark 45,554 $96,817
38 San Jose 1,023,031 $96,662
39 Santa Cruz 63,993 $65,421
40 San Leandro 89,910 $66,178
41 East Palo Alto 29,646 $58,783
42 Oakland 417,442 $63,251
43 Hayward 156,917 $74,927

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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