These Are The 10 Best Sunnyvale Suburbs For 2018

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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Sunnyvale for 2018:

  1. Los Altos (Photos | Homes)
  2. Los Altos Hills (Photos | Homes)
  3. Monte Sereno (Photos | Homes)
  4. Hillsborough (Photos | Homes)
  5. San Ramon (Photos | Homes)
  6. Woodside (Photos | Homes)
  7. Danville (Photos | Homes)
  8. Atherton (Photos | Homes)
  9. Saratoga (Photos | Homes)
  10. Portola Valley (Photos | Homes)

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.

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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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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.

1. Los Altos

Los Altos, California

Population: 30,238
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $187,656
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Data

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 $187,656 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Sunnyvale region. And only 3.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,000 each.

2. Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,376
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $243,701
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Data

Los Altos Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Sunnyvale for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 1.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

3. Monte Sereno

Monte Sereno, California

Population: 3,514
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $202,321
More on Monte Sereno: Real Estate | Data

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.

4. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, California

Population: 11,312
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $216,292
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Data

Hillsborough ranks as the 4th best suburb of Sunnyvale for 2018.

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

5. San Ramon

San Ramon, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 74,366
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $810,700
Median Income: $134,188
More on San Ramon: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is San Ramon.

San Ramon gets kudos for having the 21st most expensive homes in the Sunnyvale area, where houses sell for an average of $810,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Woodside

Woodside, California

Population: 5,496
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $223,934
More on Woodside: Real Estate | Data

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 3.4% which is 2nd 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.

7. Danville

Danville, California

Population: 43,758
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $919,500
Median Income: $146,603
More on Danville: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Danville.

Danville 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 29.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Atherton

Atherton, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,127
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $250,000
More on Atherton: Real Estate | Data

Atherton 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 1.1% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

9. Saratoga

Saratoga, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,830
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $1,742,900
Median Income: $169,579
More on Saratoga: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Saratoga?’


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.

10. Portola Valley

Portola Valley, California

Population: 4,550
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $232,981
More on Portola Valley: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Portola Valley.

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 2018

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Sunnyvale Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Los Altos 30,238 3.2% $2,000,000 $187,656
2 Los Altos Hills 8,376 3.5% $2,000,000 $243,701
3 Monte Sereno 3,514 4.6% $2,000,000 $202,321
4 Hillsborough 11,312 5.4% $2,000,000 $216,292
5 San Ramon 74,366 3.9% $810,700 $134,188
6 Woodside 5,496 3.4% $2,000,000 $223,934
7 Danville 43,758 5.1% $919,500 $146,603
8 Atherton 7,127 6.1% $2,000,000 $250,000
9 Saratoga 30,830 5.5% $1,742,900 $169,579
10 Portola Valley 4,550 6.8% $2,000,000 $232,981
11 San Carlos 29,596 5.8% $1,107,600 $135,220
12 Cupertino 60,297 6.8% $1,214,300 $147,929
13 Pleasanton 77,046 4.3% $828,900 $130,170
14 Palo Alto 66,649 4.8% $1,702,100 $137,043
15 Belmont 26,918 5.0% $1,074,600 $120,169
16 Dublin 54,523 4.0% $693,900 $128,403
17 Burlingame 30,118 4.5% $1,447,400 $102,443
18 Menlo Park 33,319 3.6% $1,581,700 $126,045
19 Los Gatos 30,491 5.0% $1,338,400 $127,278
20 Campbell 40,788 3.9% $804,500 $103,704
21 Millbrae 22,522 5.0% $1,037,400 $98,533
22 Pacifica 38,844 4.1% $680,500 $103,545
23 Mountain View 78,827 4.7% $973,000 $109,249
24 Scotts Valley 11,824 5.9% $654,600 $104,150
25 Fremont 227,934 5.3% $702,800 $111,613
26 Half Moon Bay 12,281 4.9% $774,000 $106,211
27 San Mateo 102,224 5.3% $850,200 $95,667
28 Santa Clara 122,725 5.2% $734,500 $102,533
29 Livermore 86,493 4.6% $595,500 $104,223
30 San Bruno 42,736 5.4% $668,700 $89,000
31 Brisbane 4,568 5.4% $699,800 $91,127
32 Capitola 10,109 4.3% $560,500 $73,935
33 Alameda 77,409 6.4% $677,000 $83,048
34 South San Francisco 66,587 6.6% $644,500 $85,076
35 Milpitas 73,447 7.3% $635,300 $103,623
36 Morgan Hill 41,839 6.4% $678,900 $100,900
37 Newark 44,677 5.7% $547,800 $91,965
38 Santa Cruz 63,310 8.5% $707,600 $62,471
39 San Jose 1,009,363 7.4% $658,000 $90,303
40 San Leandro 89,039 6.8% $426,900 $64,065
41 East Palo Alto 29,353 8.1% $515,900 $55,170
42 Oakland 412,040 9.3% $500,500 $57,778
43 Hayward 154,507 8.0% $404,500 $68,138

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