Employed Residents: 66,752
Housing Units: 45,577
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
|Extremely Low-Income||Very Low-Income||Low-Income||Moderate Income||Total Units||Affordable % 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 Submitted||Approved Projects||Projects Under Construction||Total|
|Anticipated New Jobs||454||25,175||11,193||36,822|
|Jobs Per Unit||3.03|
2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation
Santa Clara Permit Progress as of 2019
|Affordability Level||RHNA Goal||Permits as of 2019||Percent Progress|
|Very Low Income||1,050||131||12%|
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.
|2017||2018||2019||2020||Total||% of Countywide Total|
Affordable Housing Policies
Housing Element Policies
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- City of Santa Clara 2015-2023 Housing Element
- City of Santa Clara Nexus Study
- City of Santa Clara Housing and Community Services Division Webpage
- City of Santa Clara Planning Division Webpage