Population: 124,635
Households: 43,417
Employed Residents: 66,752
Housing Units: 45,577

Jobs: 117,696
Employed Residents per Household: 1.54
Jobs per Employed Resident: 1.76
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 2.58
Source: 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio:9.84
Net In-Commute of Workers: 46,964
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics

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

2019 Homeless Count: 326 Persons, including 264 unsheltered and 62 sheltered (+20% from 2015)
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count

Average Monthly Rent: $2,565
Rent Change Year over Year: -14%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021

Santa Clara 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.

Santa Clara Development Pipeline

Application SubmittedApproved ProjectsProjects Under ConstructionTotal
Anticipated New Jobs45425,17511,19336,822
Housing Units5,3052,8174,01412,136
Jobs Per Unit3.03
Pipeline as of March 2019. Information reported from City of Santa Clara.  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 

Santa Clara Permit Progress as of 2019

Affordability LevelRHNA GoalPermits as of 2019Percent Progress
Very Low Income1,05013112%
Low Income695162%
Moderate Income755547%
Above Moderate1,5934,008252%

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.

Santa Clara ADU Permitting: 2017 – 2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total

Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

The Housing Element of Santa Clara’s General Plan includes a number of policies promoting affordable housing development, including:

  • Encouraging high densities in new housing development.
  • Assisting affordable housing developers in getting access to funding and in assembling parcels.
  • Expediting the entitlement process for affordable housing development proposals.
  • Providing subsidy financing, when available.
  • Providing a density bonus for affordable housing.
  • Examining other means of promoting affordable housing development, including: leasing City-owned property to developers at nominal rates; subsidizing City fees; matching financial support provided by the Housing Trust; and purchasing land on behalf of nonprofit developers.
Inclusionary Housing and Commercial Linkage Fees

In December 2017, the City of Santa Clara established new affordable housing requirements, including a new inclusionary housing requirement for both ownership and rental housing, as well as commercial linkage fees for non-residential development.  

City of Santa Clara 2017 Affordable Housing Resolution and Fee Schedule
City of Santa Clara Affordable Housing Requirements Ordinance

Residential Development

  • Ownership: 15% inclusionary (in-lieu fees for fractional units – $30.00/sf for single family homes, $25.00/sf for townhomes, and $20.00 for condominiums)
  • Rental: 15% inclusionary (in-lieu fee of $20.00/sf for fractional units)

Non-Residential Development

  • Office 20,000+ sf : $20.00/sf.
  • Office under 20,000 sf: #10.00/sf.
  • Industrial 20,000+ sf: $10.00/sf.
  • Industrial under 20,000 sf: $5.00/sf.
  • Hotel, Retail 5,000+ sf, Other: 5.00/sf. (retail <5,000 sf is exempt)
  • Low Intensity Uses: $2.00/sf.

Additional Resources