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Some of the cities, towns, and places in Santa Clara County are Almaden Valley, Alum Rock, Alviso, Bell Station, Burbank, Cambrian Park, Campbell, Casa Loma, Chemeketa Park, Coyote, Cupertino, East Foothills, East San Jose, Fruitdale, Gilroy, Lexington Hills, Llagas-Uvas, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Loyola, Madrone, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood Estates, Rucker, San Antonio, San Jose, San Martin, Santa Clara, Santa Teresa, Saratoga, Stanford, Sunnyvale, Sveadal

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Santa Clara County, officially the County of Santa Clara, is California's 6th most populous county, with a population of 1,936,259, as of the 2020 census. Santa Clara County and neighboring San Benito County together form the U.S. Census Bureau's San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. Santa Clara is the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Northern California. The county seat and largest city is San Jose, the 10th most populous city in the United States, California's 3rd most populous city and the most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Home to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is an economic center for high technology and in 2015 had the third highest GDP per capita in the world (after Z├╝rich, Switzerland and Oslo, Norway), according to the Brookings Institution. The county's concentration of wealth, primarily due to the tech industry, has made it the most affluent county on the West Coast of the United States and the most affluent outside the Washington metropolitan area and one of the most affluent places in the United States.Located on the southern coast of San Francisco Bay, the urbanized Santa Clara Valley within Santa Clara County contains most of the county's population. More recently, extensive droughts in California, further complicated by drainage of the Anderson reservoir within the county for seismic repairs, have strained the county's water security.