Population: 60,687
Households: 20,715
Employed Residents: 26,996
Housing Units: 22,112

Jobs: 43,731
Employed Residents per Household: 1.30
Jobs per Employed Resident: 1.62
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 1.98
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 13.67
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics. For more information about the jobs/housing calculations visit our jobs and housing page.

2019 Homeless Count: 159 persons, all unsheltered (+25% from 2017)
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count

Average Monthly Rent: $2,900
Rent Change Year over Year: -17%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021

Cupertino 2020 Affordable Housing Inventory
Extremely Low-IncomeVery Low-IncomeLow-IncomeModerate IncomeTotal UnitsAffordable % of Total Housing Stock

SOURCE: Units reported in the Housing Element Annual Performance Report that received building permits in 2019 were added to the unit counts in the previously reported 2018 Base Year table.  This methodology necessarily means that any ELI units, if any, are included in the VLI category since that is how HCD has required production data to be reported.  The RHNA data on new units relies on self-reporting by jurisdiction and can include units for which building permits were issued that never got built.  The percentage of the total housing stock in the community is based the California Department of Finance’s Table E-5. See more information on our affordable housing assets page.

Cupertino Development Pipeline

Application SubmittedApproved ProjectsProjects Under ConstructionTotal
Anticipated New Jobs1,1558,043569,254
Housing Units2043,209233,436
Jobs Per Unit2.69

Pipeline as of March 2019. Information reported from City of Cupertino.  The employment projections are derived by applying square-footage-per-employee factors to building floor areas by four building types: 250 square feet for office/R&D; 1,500 feet for hotels; 550 feet for retail/restaurant; and 2,500 feet for manufacturing/warehouse. All are figures applied to a building’s gross square footage.

2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation 

Cupertino Permit Progress as of 2019

Affordability LevelRHNA GoalPermits as of 2019Percent Progress
Very Low Income356195%
Low Income20700%
Moderate Income2317432%
Above Moderate27021580%

Permitting progress as of December 2019. Source: HCD 2019 Housing Element Annual Progress Report Permit Summary.  

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

All California cities and counties are mandated to permit ADUs and JADUs according to state law. The Legislature further updated ADU and JADU law effective January 1, 2021 to clarify and improve various provisions in order to promote the development of ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). These include allowing ADUs and JADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family dwelling, opening areas where ADUs can be created to include all zoning districts that allow single-family and multifamily uses, modifying fees from utilities such as special districts and water corporations, limited exemptions or reductions in impact fees, and reduced parking requirements. Please see the Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook (PDF) for more information for local government bodies and homeowners interested in adding an ADU or JADU to their property. Our partner, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley has kicked-off a major initiative, Small Homes, Big Impact to support ADU development throughout Santa Clara County, including outreach and education, and potential new financing mechanisms.

Cupertino ADUs Permitted: 2017-2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total


Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

The Housing Element of Cupertino’s General Plan identifies several policies that encourage affordable housing development:

  • Residential Development Standards.  Flexibility is allowed for floor area ratios, smaller lot sizes lot widths, and setbacks, particularly for higher density and attached housing projects.
  • Higher Densities.  Residential developments can exceed the planned maximum density in the case of special needs housing so long as neighborhood street capacities are not exceeded and there is no negative impact on neighborhood character.
  • Funding Applications.  Cupertino will partner with and/or support affordable housing developers’ applications for funding at the regional, state and federal levels.
  • Parking Ratios.  Reductions in required on-site parking can be made, on a case-by-case basis.
Housing Mitigation Program

Cupertino has a Residential Housing Mitigation Program that requires for-sale residential development to include 15 percent of the total units be affordable to median (100% AMI) and moderate (120% AMI) income households, of which the total units are broken down into 50% of units for median income and 50% of units for moderate income households. Similarly, Below Market Rate rental units are made available to low income (80% AMI) and very-low income (50% AMI) households.

Qualifying projects may also pay an in-lieu fee rather than build inclusionary units. Housing Mitigation in-lieu fees for developments are as follows, updated April 2018 and effective July 1, 2018:

Cupertino Housing Mitigation In-Lieu Fees

Development TypeFee Level (Per Square Foot)
Residential - Ownership
Detached Single Family Residence17.82
Small Lot Single Family Residence or Townhome19.60
Multi-family Attached Townhome, Apartment, or Condominium23.76
Residential - Rental
Multi-family Attached Townhome, Apartment, or Condominium (up to 35 du/ac)23.76
Multi-family Attached Townhome, Apartment, or Condominium (over 35du/ac)29.70
Office, Research and Development, or Industrial23.76
Effective July 1, 2018

For more information on Cupertino’s affordable housing impact fee policies for both residential and non-residential development, visit these resources:

Additional Resources