Employed Residents: 26,996
Housing Units: 22,112
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: $3,370
Rent Increase Year over Year: 6%
Source: Rent Cafe, June 2019
Cupertino Affordable Housing Inventory
|ELI||VLI||LI||Mod||Total||Percentage of Housing Stock|
*All cities have various methods of tracking their affordable housing stock, and it is challenging to maintain a comprehensive list of all affordable housing that has historically been available within the community. Our goal with this initial study was to begin the conversation, and hopefully improve the accuracy of our inventory as cities further develop their tracking methods. This initial look was focused solely on deed restricted affordable homes in Santa Clara Cities, and some cities also possess units that are not deed restricted, but are made affordable due through other mechanisms. See more information on our affordable housing assets page.
Source: California Department of Finance – “Table 2: E-5 City/County” Inventory as of December 2018. Information reported from City of Cupertino
Cupertino Development Pipeline
|Application Submitted||Approved Projects||Projects Under Construction||Total|
|Anticipated New Jobs||1,155||8,043||56||9,254|
|Jobs Per Unit||2.69|
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 Level||RHNA Goal||Permits as of 2019||Percent Progress|
|Very Low Income||356||19||5%|
Permitting progress as of December 2019. Source: HCD 2019 Housing Element Annual Progress Report Permit Summary.
Affordable Housing Policies
Housing Element Policies
- 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 Type||Fee Level (Per Square Foot)|
|Residential - Ownership|
|Detached Single Family Residence||17.82|
|Small Lot Single Family Residence or Townhome||19.60|
|Multi-family Attached Townhome, Apartment, or Condominium||23.76|
|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 Industrial||23.76|
For more information on Cupertino’s affordable housing impact fee policies for both residential and non-residential development, visit these resources:
- Nexus Studies: “City of Cupertino Residential Below Market Rate Housing Nexus Analysis” and “City of Cupertino Non-Residential Jobs-Housing Nexus Analysis” Keyser Marston Associates, Inc., April, 2015.
- Resolution 16-050: A Resolution by the City Council of the City of Cupertino Amending Previous Fee Resolution May, 2016.
- FY 2015-2016 Annual Report on Housing Impact Fee Collection and Usage
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Between 2016 and 2018, the City of Cupertino permitted 31 ADUs, for an average of 10 ADUs per year. Prior to the passing of an updated ADU ordinance in 2016, the City was averaging around 7 ADUs per year.
- City of Cupertino Planning Department
- City of Cupertino Housing Department
- City of Cupertino 2015-2023 Housing Element
- City of Cupertino Affordable Housing Impact Fee Ordinance
- City of Cupertino Accessory Dwelling Units Regulations
- Vallco Special Area Specific Plan
- City of Cupertino BMR (Below Market Rate) For-Sale Housing Program
- City of Cupertino Deed-Restricted Rental Housing Program