Mountain View, California

City of Mountain View
Charter city[1]
City Hall and the Center for the Performing Arts in the Downtown area
City Hall and the Center for the Performing Arts in the Downtown area
Official seal of City of Mountain View
Seal
Location of Mountain View within Santa Clara County, California
Location of Mountain View within Santa Clara County, California
Mountain View city map, California, USA
Mountain View city map, California, USA
City of Mountain View is located in the US
City of Mountain View
City of Mountain View
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°23′22″N 122°4′55″W / 37.38944°N 122.08194°W / 37.38944; -122.08194Coordinates: 37°23′22″N 122°4′55″W / 37.38944°N 122.08194°W / 37.38944; -122.08194
Country United States
State California
County Santa Clara
Incorporated November 7, 1902[2]
Government
 • Type Council-manager[3]
 • Mayor Ken Rosenberg[3]
 • Vice mayor Leonard Siegel[3]
 • City Manager Dan Rich[4]
Area[5]
 • Total 12.273 sq mi (31.788 km2)
 • Land 11.995 sq mi (31.068 km2)
 • Water 0.278 sq mi (0.720 km2)  2.26%
Elevation[6] 105 ft (32 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[7]
 • Total 74,066
 • Estimate (2013)[7] 77,846
 • Density 6,000/sq mi (2,300/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes[8] 94035, 94039–94043
Area code 650
FIPS code 06-49670
GNIS feature IDs 277611, 2411186
Website www.mountainview.gov

Mountain View is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, United States, named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.[9] From its origins as a stagecoach stop, it grew to a large suburb with a pedestrian-friendly downtown and a population of 74,066. The city borders Palo Alto and the San Francisco Bay to the north, Los Altos to the south, and Moffett Federal Airfield and Sunnyvale to the east.

Situated in the southern end of the Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mountain View is home to many high technology companies. In 1956, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, the first company to develop silicon semiconductor devices in what came to be known as Silicon Valley, was established in the city by William Shockley. Today, many of the largest technology companies in the world are headquartered in the city, including Google, Mozilla Foundation, Symantec, and Intuit. The original Byte Shop computer store was opened at 1063 El Camino Real, Mountain View, by Paul Terrell, and the first 50 Apple I computers were sold from that location. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority integrates the city with the neighboring cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale.

  1. ^ "Celebrating our Hundredth Birthday: 1902-2002". City of Mountain View. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "City Council Roster". City of Mountain View. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Office of the City Manager". City of Mountain View. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau. 
  6. ^ "Mountain View". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Mountain View (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 24, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "ZIP Code(tm) Lookup". United States Postal Service. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Munro-Fraser, J. P. (1881). History of Santa Clara County, California. San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co. p. 262. Retrieved April 1, 2008. 

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