Population: 81,656
Households: 33,756
Employed Residents: 49,339
Housing Units: 36,298
Source: ACS 2019 5 year estimates

Jobs: 88,402
Employed Residents per Household: 1.38
Jobs per Employed Resident: 1.91
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 2.51
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 5.41
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics

For more information about the jobs/housing calculations visit our jobs and housing page.

2019 Homeless Count: 606 Persons, including 574 unsheltered and 32 sheltered (+46% from 2017)
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count

Average Monthly Rent: $2,719
Rent Change Year over Year: -17%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021

Mountain View’s 2020 Affordable Housing Inventory
Extremely Low-IncomeVery Low-IncomeLow-IncomeModerate IncomeTotal UnitsAffordable % of Total Housing Stock

SOURCE:  City staff.  The percentage of the total housing stock in the community is based on the California Department of Finance’s Table E-5.

See more information on our affordable housing assets page.

Mountain View Development Pipeline as of January 2021
Applications SubmittedApplications ApprovedUnder ConstructionTotal
Anticipated New Jobs2,2885,9329,71017,930
New Housing Units1,5762,2431,7305,549

Pipeline as of January 2021. Information reported from City of Mountain View.  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 

Every eight years, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is used to assign each city and county in California their “fair share” of new housing units to build. These units of housing are intended to accommodate existing need and projected growth in the region. The RHNA process is critical because it requires all cities and counties to plan for the housing needs of their residents, regardless of income, in an effort to plan for future growth and ease the Bay Area’s acute housing crisis. 

Many cities and counties regularly fall short of their RHNA targets, as the Bay Area’s housing crisis continues to grow. Each spring, jurisdictions are required to provide an Annual Progress Report to show how effective their efforts have been in achieving housing development targets by income level. The table below shows Mountain View’s progress.

Mountain View’s 2015-2022 RHNA Permit Progress as of 12/2020
Affordability LevelRHNA TargetPermits IssuedProgress to Target
Very Low Income81424430%
Low Income49221544%
Moderate Income527183%
Above Moderate Income10934607422%

Permitting progress as of December 2020. Source: HCD 2020 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.

Mountain View ADUs Permitted: 2017 – 2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total

Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

The Housing Element of Mountain View’s General Plan includes a series of policies to encourage affordable housing development, including:

  • City initiation of partnerships and continuing to work with developers for the development of affordable housing, especially housing affordable to extremely low-income households.
  • Assessment of the feasibility of utilizing City-owned properties as subsidized housing development sites when appropriate and feasible.
  • Proactive encouragement of redeveloping underutilized sites and facilitation of parcel assembly to create development sites.

Additionally, the City is:

  • Reassessing residential development standards to ensure that there is flexibility under zoning regulations to permit such innovative housing types as co-housing, shared housing, and intergenerational housing.
  • Initiating discussions with housing developers to review land and financial resources, development incentives, and the City’s entitlement process to promote alternative and innovative forms of residential development.
Inclusionary Housing

The City of Mountain View has an inclusionary housing policy that requires for-sale residential developments with 7 or more units to designate 15 percent of the total units for moderate income households between 80% and 120% AMI at a weighted average of 100%. Alternatively, rowhouse and townhouse developments may provide 20% inclusionary units for households between 80% and 150% AMI, with a weighted average of 120%. Rather than providing inclusionary units as part of the development, for-sale residential projects with 3 to 7 units may pay an in-lieu fee for each unit that is equivalent to 3 percent of the sales price.  

For-rent residential developments with 7 or more units are required to designate 15 percent of the total units for low income households below 80% of the area median income. Alternately, applicants may petition the Mountain View City Council to pay an in-lieu fee or other alternative compliance method in place of providing affordable housing on-site.

Affordable Housing Impact Fees

The City of Mountain View has an affordable housing impact fee policy that requires rental housing developments with 5 or more units to pay a $17 per square foot impact fee, which is used to fund the creation of affordable housing for low-income households (50-80% AMI).  

The City also charges impact fees for non-residential development at the following levels:

  • Office, High Tech, Industrial: $25 per square foot.
  • Hotel, Retail, Entertainment: $2.68 per square foot.

The latest information on Mountain View’s affordable housing impact fees can be found in the City’s Master Fee Schedule.

Additional Resources

Photo: Studio 819, Eden Housing