The Santa Clara County of today is the world-leading hub of high-tech innovation and development, but the area was originally known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight due to its high concentration of orchards, flowering trees, and plants. While residents can still enjoy a local farmers market or heritage orchard, agriculture has been replaced by the high-tech industry, and today, Santa Clara County is home to many of the world's largest and most notable tech companies including Apple, Google, LinkedIn, eBay, and PayPal. The region has the highest concentration of high-tech workers of any metropolitan area, and is one of the top research and development centers in the world.
The area has a work hard/play hard ethos that translates into innumerable leisure time activities. From taking in a high-energy San Jose Sharks game, shopping on Santana Row, or strolling the streets of any of the region’s thriving downtowns, residents and visitors can find countless ways to unwind. And close proximity to the attractions of San Francisco to the north and beach lounging to the south make it an ideally central location. Santa Clara County is a unique combination of intellect, opportunity, and ideal living, and this true synergy of creativity and commerce keep the region constantly pushing forward.