Home to Apple Corporate Headquarters and several other computer companies and tech startups, Cupertino is one of many communities that make up the “heart of Silicon Valley.” As the nation’s 11th wealthiest city, Cupertino has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most educated places in the US in respect to the percentage of residents who are high school and college graduates. With a population of over 50,000 and top employers such as Apple, Seagate Technology, Cupertino Union School District, and Target, Cupertino is a wonderful place to expand one’s career, innovate, and reach new horizons. Notable people to Cupertino include writer Raymond Carver, actor Aaron Eckhart, and Apple founder Steve Jobs
Since 1977, Apple has had a presence in Cupertino, and in 2006, Apple founder Steve Jobs announced to the Cupertino City Council the news of Apple’s acquisition of nine Cupertino properties and their plan to build a second Campus referred to as “Apple 2.” The Campus is now named “Apple Park,” and totals 176 acres. It features housing for 13,000 employees, a cafe for 3,000, a 1,000 occupancy auditorium, a fitness center, R&D facilities, and an orchard.
Now considered an essential part of Silicon Valley, Cupertino was not always the modern city it is now. With an area of 11.3 square miles, almost all of the land within the current boundaries of Cupertino’s city limits was occupied by fruit orchards in the 19th century. Cupertino was incorporated in 1955, and the city symbol is a conquistador’s helmet. A sculpture of the symbol stands proudly next to Cupertino City Hall. Demographic-wise, Cupertino is largely Asian American, and in 2009, Cupertino was the first city to have an all Asian-American City Council. Places of interest in Cupertino include Deep Cliff and Blackberry Farm golf courses and Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, the largest school Planetarium west of the Rocky Mountains, with some of the most modern, state of the art facilities and technology in the world.