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Santa Clara, CA (Population: 108,518)

Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County and has a population of 108,518 (2006). The city's name is derived from the eighth of 21 California missions, Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Today, the grounds of Santa Clara University play host to the Mission and Mission Gardens.

The city is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of many high tech companies, such as Intel, Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, and Agilent Technologies. Santa Clara also owns and operates the Silicon Valley Power plant, which pumps 147 megawatts of electricity for the city's residents. As a result, electricity in Santa Clara is quite a bit cheaper than that which is provided by Northern California's Pacific Gas and Electric. The city has also made efforts to lower prices on water and sewer utilities to attract businesses to the community.

In 2006, negotiations failed to land the San Francisco 49ers a new stadium in San Fransisco, so the team's headquarters and practice facilities are now in Santa Clara and a proposal for a new stadium is in place. Other attractions in Santa Clara include Paramount's Great America Theme Park, an award-winning convention center, an international swim center, the Triton Museum of Art, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities.