13 Facts About Santa Clara County

1. Santa Clara County contains Ulistac Natural Area, a volunteer maintained natural open space.

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2. Santa Clara County has an extensive park system, much of it founded in the major park expansion of the late 1970s.

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3. Santa Clara County has no commercial seaports, although small boats can access San Francisco Bay from several points.

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4. Santa Clara County has an extensive freeway system and a separate expressway system.

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5. Santa Clara County has consolidated its transportation services into the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which operates a bus system.

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6. Santa Clara County pays the $340,000 salary and benefits of the California state Department of Social Services director, which is reimbursed by the state, skirting the $165,000 state law cap for the position.

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7. Santa Clara County is one among three counties in California to establish a separate department, the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections, to deal with corrections pursuant to California Government Code §23013.

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8. Santa Clara County has five elected supervisors, elected within their districts.

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9. Santa Clara County does not share a border with San Joaquin and Monterey counties, but it comes within a few miles of those counties.

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10. Santa Clara County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood.

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11. Santa Clara County is named after Mission Santa Clara, which was established in 1777 and was in turn named for Saint Clare of Assisi.

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12. Home to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is a global economic center for high technology and has the third highest GDP per capita in the world, according to the Brookings Institution.

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13. Santa Clara County, officially the County of Santa Clara, is California's 6th most populous county, with a population was 1,781,642, as of the 2010 census.

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