Advertised as “the City of Destiny” with a population of over 131,000, this city was initially known for its vast open space and fertile soil that made the area ideal for fruit orchards. Today the city combines the advantages of an attractive suburban residential setting, a diverse population, metropolitan cultural opportunities and a dynamic economic base that includes technology, biotech, aerospace, communications, and manufacturing.
Sunnyvale is home to the Moffett Naval Air Station and Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, which are major local employers. In 2014, NASA announced it will be leasing the Moffett Federal Airfield to Google for 60 years, and Google has been using the airport to store planes used for atmospheric research. Sunnyvale is also home to some of the nation's most successful businesses, many of which have taken up office space within the new Sunnyvale Town Center and in the newly constructed Moffett Business Park.
Sunnyvale offers residents quality parks and a Public Safety Department that brings together fire and police functions for efficient and successful safety. Sunnyvale is proud to have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation and has an excellent public school system. The majority of homes are served by the Sunnyvale School District, but there are some locations in Sunnyvale served by the Cupertino School District and the Santa Clara Unified School District. Sunnyvale homes with Cupertino schools regularly sell at a premium compared to other homes in the district. Most of the city is served by the Fremont Union High School District by Homestead High and Fremont High.
Sunnyvale is comprised of 4 zip codes: 94085, 94086, 94087, and 94089. The 94085 zip code includes the area between Highway 101 and Central Expressway. The 94086 zip code includes the area between Central Expressway and El Camino Real and is the location that includes the Sunnyvale Town Center and City Hall. The 94087 zip code includes the areas South of El Camino Real and is primarily a residential area with home zoned to the best schools in the city. The 94089 zip code is located North of Highway 101 and includes Lakewood Village, multiple mobile home parks and newer townhome and condo developments located near Fair Oaks and Tasman.