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Silicon Valley’s per capita income nears pre-recession levels.
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Per Capita Income
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
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Personal income is defined as the sum of wage and salary disbursements (including stock options), supplements to wages and salaries, proprietors’ income, dividends, interest and rent, and personal current transfer receipts, less contributions for government social insurance.

Data source:

U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Per capita income increased across all racial/ethnic groups except Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino.
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Per Capita Income by Race & Ethnicity
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
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Multiple & Other includes Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone, American Indian & Alaska Native alone, Some other race alone and Two or more races; Personal income is defined as the sum of wage or salary income, net self-employment income, interest, dividends, or net rental welfare payments, retirement, survivor or disability pensions; and all other income; White, Asian, Black or African American, Multiple & Other are non-Hispanic.

Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Median household income increased in Silicon Valley, while it decreased slightly in California and the United States.
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Median Household Income
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
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Household income includes wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividents, or net rental or royalty income from estates and trusts; Social Security or railroad retirement income; Supplemental Security income; public assistance or welfare payments; retirement, survivor, or disability pensions; and all other income; excluding stock options.

Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Since 2006, the share of middle income households has declined in Silicon Valley, California and the United States.
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Distribution of Households by Income Ranges
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
Distribution of Households by Income Ranges chart
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Income ranges are based on nominal values. Household income includes wage and salary income, net self-employment income, interest dividends, net rental or royalty income from estates and trusts, Social Security or railroad retirement income, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance or welfare payments, retirement, survivor, or disability pensions, and all other income excluding stock options.

Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Median income dropped across all educational groups except Graduate or Professional Degree.
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Individual Median Income by Educational Attainment
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
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Some College includes Less than 1 year of college; Some college, 1 or more years, no degree; Associate degree; Professional certification. The 2008 value for Graduate or Professional Degree is for San Mateo County only.

Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Males in Silicon Valley with a Bachelor’s, Graduate or Professional Degree earn 40-73% more than females with the same level of educational attainment.
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Individual Median Income by Gender and Educational Attainment
Silicon Valley, 2012
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Some College includes Less than 1 year of college; Some college, 1 or more years, no degree; Associate degree; Professional certification.

Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The number of students receiving free or reduced price meals dropped in Silicon Valley and in the state.
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Free/Reduced Price School Meals
Percentage of Students Receiving Free or Reduced Price Meals
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California
Data source:

California Department of Education, Free/Reduced Price Meals Program & CalWORKS Data Files

kidsdata.org

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Food stamp participation climbs steadily in region and state
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Food Stamp Participants as a Percent of Resident Population
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and California
Data source:
California Department of Finance, California Department of Social Services
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
National food stamp participation is on the rise
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Food Stamp Participants as a Percent of U.S. Population
Data source:
U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Census Bureau
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Silicon Valley graduation rates increased by 1%, and the percentage meeting UC/CSU requirements increased by 3%.
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High School Graduation and Dropout Rate
Rate of Graduation, Share of Graduates Who Meet UC/CSU Requirements and Dropout Rate
Silicon Valley and California, 2009-2012
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Graduation and dropout rates are four-year derived rates.

Data source:
California Department of Education
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies