As one of the oldest settlements in Santa Clara Valley, Milpitas, which in Spanish means “little cornfields,” has experienced remarkable growth since the first settlers began living there in 1852. Located at the northeastern border of Alameda County, Milpitas has a population of approximately 62,000. The city enjoys the benefits of the valley’s explosive growth in the computer and electronics industry and has a wide selection of housing, ranging from custom hillside homes to lower-cost multi-family housing.
Milpitas formed as a City in 1954 and was often a target of annexation by the City of San Jose, but the local residents fought long and hard to stay a separate city. Milpitas is now home to many local computer hardware and chip manufacturing companies such as Flextronics, KLA-Tencor, and Sandisk, and the industrial base helps support the local city services. Milpitas actually ranks as the top in the nation with the largest percentage of residents employed in the computer and electronic products industry.
The schools in Milpitas are part of the Milpitas Unified School District and are a huge draw for parents looking for excellent schools in an affordable neighborhood. Three of the Milpitas elementary schools (John Sinnott, Curtner, and Marshall Pomeroy Elementary) have achieved a Great Schools ranking of 9 or higher. With the unified school district, all children attend Milpitas High School.
Parks and Recreation are a large part of the Milpitas living experience. Nearby Ed R. Levin Park is nestled in the foothills, and residents can also hike up to Monument peak. There are two local public golf courses, Summitpointe and Spring Valley, that offer differing levels of challenge and are regularly used by the locals. In total, Milpitas has over 15 traditional large sized parks scattered throughout the city as well a large sports complex for baseball and tennis that are fenced off for use.
Visitors to the area will also surely stumble upon the Great Mall, which has turned into a shopping destination and multi-family housing center in the city. Local VTA service currently stops at the Great Mall, and BART service is scheduled to arrive at the same location by 2018 as part of the Santa Clara County extension project.
The primary zip code for Milpitas is 95035, and the majority of homes in the region are single family homes. There are also some areas with attached duet style homes, condominiums, and townhomes for those looking for a lower cost housing option.