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Silicon Valley’s population is growing at an increasing rate.
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Population Change
Components of Population Change
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Population change table
Data source:
California Department of Finance
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Silicon Valley’s percentage of foreign-born residents is significantly higher than California or the United States.
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Foreign Born
Percentage of the Total Population Who Are Foreign Born
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States, 2012
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Net migration reached more than a decade high.
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Net Migration Flows
Foreign and Domestic Migration
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Data source:
California Department of Finance
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Fifty-six percent of Silicon Valley’s population is between the ages of 25 and 64, the core working age groups.
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Age Distribution
2012
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Educational attainment varies across races/ethnicities.
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Educational Attainment
Percentage of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and California
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Note:

Categories African American, Asian, and White are non-Hispanic or Latino.

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

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Silicon Valley’s level of educational attainment is much higher than the state or the nation, with 46% of adults having a bachelor’s degree or higher.
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Educational Attainment
Percentage of Adults, by Educational Attainment
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California and the United States, 2012
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Total science and engineering degrees conferred continue to grow in the region and the nation, while Silicon Valley’s share of U.S. total degrees conferred has declined over the last three years.
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Total Science & Engineering Degrees Conferred
Universities in and near Silicon Valley and the United States
Data source:
National Center for for Educational Statistics, IPEDS
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Silicon Valley continues to attract highly-skilled immigrants
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International Talent
Foreign-Born, Employed Workers with a BA or Higher
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey PUMS
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Foreign-born talent strongly influences Silicon Valley
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International Talent
Percent of Employed Population with a BA or Higher that is Foreign-Born
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and United States
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey PUMS
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
More than half of Silicon Valley’s population speaks a language other than English at home.
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Foreign Language
Languages Other Than English Spoken at Home for the Population 5 Years and Over
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
foreign language chart
foreign language table
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies