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Cupertino

Around the world Cupertino is famous as the home of high-tech giant, Apple. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is known as the city with excellent schools. The tree-shrouded neighborhoods that climb into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain range as well as proximity to high-tech jobs make Cupertino a desirable Silicon Valley address for a highly educated and culturally diverse population. More than 60 percent of residents aged 25 years or older hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and more than 40 percent of residents were born outside of the United States.

Cupertino is a U.S. city in Santa Clara County and according to 2010 census Cupertino's population is 58,302. Forbes recently ranked Cupertino as one of the most educated small towns in America.

History:

Cupertino owes its earliest mention in recorded history to the 1776 expedition led by the Spanish explorer, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza. Starting in Sonora, Mexico, De Anza led a group up the coast of California aiming to establish a presidio (fort) on San Francisco Bay. The village of Cupertino sprang up at the crossroads of Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (now DeAnza Boulevard) and Stevens Creek Road. It was first known as West Side, but by 1898, the post office at the Crossroads needed a new name to distinguish it from other similarly named towns. John T. Doyle, a San Francisco lawyer and historian, had given the name Cupertino to his winery, in recognition of the name bestowed on the nearby creek by Pedro Font. In 1904, the name was applied to the Crossroads and to the post office when the Home Union Store incorporated under the name, The Cupertino Store, and moved to the northeast corner of the Crossroads.

Many of Cupertino's pioneer settlers planted grapes in the late 1800s. Vineyards and wineries proliferated on Montebello Ridge, on the lower foothills, and on the flat lands below. Around 1895 the flourishing wine industry was struck by phylloxera (a root louse). It virtually destroyed 75% of the vineyards in 5 years. A few of the more substantial vineyardists resorted to grafting, while many others switched to French prunes (prunes are a type of plum which dries without spoiling), peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, walnuts, and almonds.

As these orchards flourished the valley became known for the spring profusion of blossoms. Many more people passed through the Cupertino area first by electric railway and later by car to view all the blossoms in the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

Cupertino officially became Santa Clara County's 13th City on October 10, 1955.

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