ⓘ Campbell, California. Campbell is a city in Santa Clara County, California, and part of Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the 2010 U.S. Censu ..

Campbell, California

ⓘ Campbell, California

Campbell is a city in Santa Clara County, California, and part of Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Campbells population is 39.349 and was estimated to be 42.466 in 2018.

Campbell is home to the Pruneyard Shopping Center, a sprawling open-air retail complex which was involved in a famous U.S. Supreme Court case that established the extent of the right to free speech in California. Today, the Pruneyard Shopping Center is home to the South Bay offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


1. Geography

Campbell is bordered on the east and north by San Jose, on the south by Los Gatos, and on the west by a small portion of Saratoga.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles 15 km 2. 5.8 square miles 15 km 2 of it is land and 0.1 square miles 0.26 km 2 of it is water.

Of the total area, 1.49% is water, consisting of percolation ponds in Los Gatos Creek Park and in other locations; San Tomas Aquino Creek, which flows north on the west side of the city, is completely enclosed with fences and runs through concrete culverts; and Los Gatos Creek, which flows north-north-east on the east side of the city and has paths along both banks for hikers and joggers locally called the "Perc Ponds". Residents are able to reach Los Gatos by continuing on the creek trail. Downtown Campbell contains many local stores and shops, and every Sunday the downtown street close from 8am-1pm for a local farmers market.

State Route 17 runs roughly parallel to Los Gatos Creek on its eastern side; State Route 85 runs roughly east–west through Los Gatos just south of Campbell and cuts through the southwest corner of the city.


2.1. Demographics 2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Campbell had a population of 39.349. The population density was 6.685.2 people per square mile 2.581.2/km².

The racial makeup of Campbell was 26.315 66.9% White, 7.247 18.4% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 6.320 16.1% Asian, 1.158 2.9% African American, 275 0.7% Native American, and 161 0.4% Pacific Islander. A remaining 2.713 6.9% identified as other races, and 2.407 6.1% from two or more races.

The Census reported that 39.148 people 99.5% of the population lived in households, 79 0.2% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 122 0.3% were institutionalized.

There were 16.163 households, out of which 4.897 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7.133 44.1% were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1.741 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 812 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1.092 6.8% unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 138 0.9% same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4.805 households 29.7% were made up of individuals and 1.328 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42. There were 9.686 families 59.9% of all households; the average family size was 3.05.

The population was spread out with 8.271 people 21.0% under the age of 18, 2.982 people 7.6% aged 18 to 24, 12.834 people 32.6% aged 25 to 44, 10.868 people 27.6% aged 45 to 64, and 4.394 people 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

There were 16.950 housing units at an average density of 2.879.7 per square mile 1.111.9/km², of which 8.093 50.1% were owner-occupied, and 8.070 49.9% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.6%. 20.975 people 53.3% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 18.173 people 46.2% lived in rental housing units.


2.2. Demographics 2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 39.200 people, 15.920 households, and 9.122 families residing in the city. The population density was 6.802.8 inhabitants per square mile 2.624.8/km². There were 16.286 housing units at an average density of 2.905.0 per square mile 1.120.9/km². The racial makeup of the city was 72.78% White, 2.53% African American, 0.65% Native American, 14.16% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 4.87% from other races, and 4.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.33% of the population.

28.0% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.02.

The city population was 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 40.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.

About 48% of the adult population has at least one college-level degree. However, this has declined in recent years as a greater number of working-class immigrants move into the city.

The median income for a household in the city was $67.214, and the median income for a family was $78.663 these figures had risen to $70.928 and $89.285 respectively as of a 2007 estimate. Males had a median income of $52.454 versus $43.750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34.441. About 3.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.


3. Economy

Barracuda Networks, Move, ChargePoint, Hightail and ZURB are among the companies based in Campbell.

Top employers

According to the Citys 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:


4. Politics

At the county level, Campbell is located entirely within the 4th supervisorial district, represented on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors by Ken Yeager.

In the California State Legislature, Campbell is in the 15th Senate District, represented by Democrat Jim Beall, and in the 28th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Evan Low.

In the United States House of Representatives, Campbell is in Californias 18th congressional district, represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.

The City is represented by the City Council who internally elects a mayor and vice-mayor every calendar year. In December 2017, Paul Resnikoff and Rich Waterman were elected Mayor and Vice-Mayor, respectively.

The city is policed by its own police force, the Campbell Police Department, which shares its building with the rest of city hall.


5.1. History Prior to the city

Prior to the founding of the city of Campbell, the land was occupied by the Ohlone, the Native American people of the Northern California coast.

About a third of present-day Campbell was part of the 1839 Alta California Rancho Rinconada de Los Gatos land grant. The northern extent of the grant land was along present-day Rincon Avenue, and across the North end of John D. Morgan Park in central Campbell.


5.2. History Industrialization

The city was founded by Benjamin Campbell 1826–1907, after whom the city is named. Benjamin came to California in 1846 with his father, William M. Campbell 1793–1885. William started a sawmill in Saratoga, and surveyed the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara. In 1851, Benjamin bought 160 acres 0.65 km 2 in southern Santa Clara Valley and cultivated hay and grain on it. This area later became Campbells historical downtown core.

In 1878, Campbell sold his land for $5 an acre to a railroad company. By 1887, the first subdivision was recorded west of the railroad from Campbell Avenue to the spot where the Water Tower Plaza now stands. He and his wife Mary nee Rucker Campbell 1834–1913 founded the city which was first known as Campbell’s Place, but would later become the town of Campbell.

In 1888, the Campbell School District was formed.

The area became the center for shipping fruit grown in the surrounding area, and within a short time, the drying grounds and canneries made Campbell an important rail center. By 1892, the Campbell Fruit Growers Union became a well-known cooperative with its 17-acre 69.000 m 2 drying yard. J.C. Ainsley Packing Company, Hyde Cannery, and Payne Cannery were the main fruit packing companies.

In 1895, The Bank of Campbell was founded and the first newspaper begins publication, the Campbell Weekly Visitor.

Campbell was incorporated as a city in 1952. The city then grew rapidly as orchard lands disappeared, tract by tract. Today, Campbell is a suburban residential neighborhood in the southern part of the Santa Clara Valley.


6. Layout

Campbell is in the southwest portion of Santa Clara Valley. It is bisected by Highway 17 passing through eastern Campbell. Highway 85 is to its south. The historic downtown section sits just west of the railroad in the central area. The southwestern area of Campbell is known as the San Tomas neighborhood and varies somewhat from most of Campbell in the size of its lots and styles of housing. East/west running Hamilton Avenue is one of the northernmost roads in Campbell.

The largest park in Campbell is Los Gatos Creek Park near Highway 17, and the second largest is John D. Morgan Park.


7. Transportation

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Campbell is served by several major roads, including State Route 17, State Route 85, Highway 280 and San Tomas Expressway Santa Clara County Route G4. Major local arterial roads include Winchester Boulevard and Bascom Avenue.

Public transport in Campbell is operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and includes several local and express bus lines that link the community to nearby towns, including Cupertino, Los Gatos, Palo Alto San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. Additionally, the town is served by three light rail stations on the Mountain View - Winchester line, including Hamilton Station, Downtown Campbell Station, and the lines terminus at Winchester Station. These stations were opened as part of the first phase of the Vasona Light Rail project; the line will be extended past Winchester to Vasona Junction in Los Gatos once funding is secured. That line is now served by buses.

The extension was the subject of a minor dispute with the Federal Railroad Administration over the sounding of train horns late at night. This dispute delayed the opening of most of the extension for two months before the grand opening on October 1, 2005.


8. Housing and businesses

There are few large shopping centers or business complexes in the city, as Campbell is primarily a suburban residential area. Frys Electronics and The Home Depot each have stores within the city limits and are two of the citys largest employers.

Most residences are single-family homes, although there are some areas with condominiums, duplexes, and apartments. Single-family homes typically have one or two bathrooms and three or four bedrooms and are between 1.000 square feet 93 m 2 and 1.600 square feet 150 m 2 on lots typically measuring about 6.000 square feet 560 m 2. The vast majority were built in the 1950s through 1970s. There are pockets of older homes, mostly near downtown, often in demand for their architectural styles. There are also pockets of newer, much larger homes about 3.500 square feet 330 m 2, mostly built in the 1990s on subdivided lots previously occupied by homes dating from the first half of the 20th century. Most of Campbells apartments are located in northern Campbell on Hamilton and Campbell Avenues.

Campbells downtown is located near where Campbell Avenue intersects with the railroad. The downtown has many shops, bars, and restaurants.

The oldest commercial building in the city was erected in 1920 for the Growers Bank. The building was converted to a movie theater in 1938. In 1968, The Gaslighter Theater company purchased and refurbished the building with a small stage and bar. The Gaslighter produced melodramas and Vaudeville-style shows there until it closed in 2006. In 2013 the building was sold and underwent refurbishment to become a wine bar, tasting room, and restaurant.

As of October 2006, the median price of single-family homes and condos was $707.500, up 4.8% from the previous October, and averaging $472 per square foot $5.080/m² according to the San Jose Mercury News ; the average single-family home price, excluding condos, was $645.000 in January, 2004 according to the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors. The price is based largely on the land value; the replacement cost for homes is about $150 to $200 per square foot $1.600 to $2.200/m².

With the advent of the California housing crisis, property values have greatly increased; as of April 2018, the median home value was $1.453.300, according to Zillow.

Like many other cities in the Santa Clara Valley, Campbell was originally orchard land that was later developed into housing tracts.


9. Education

Campbell public schools belong to two districts, the Campbell Union Elementary School and the Campbell Union High School. Of these districts, the schools located within the city are Campbell Middle School, Capri Elementary, Rosemary Elementary, Village school, and Westmont High School. Forest Hill elementary schools campus is half in Campbell as well. Westmont High School is home to one of the few enduring Future Farmers of America programs left in the San Francisco Bay Area.

There are 19 Campbell elementary schools, 9 Campbell middle schools, 3 Campbell high schools and 28 Campbell preschool schools. There are also 13 private schools in Campbell.

Santa Clara County Library operates the Campbell Library.


10.1. Points of interest Landmarks

In the early 1990s, the Ainsley House a unique English Tudor-style house built in 1925, was moved from its original site at the corner of Hamilton and Bascom Avenues the current site of eBays headquarters to the downtown quad and furnished with many of the Ainsley familys original furnishings. It has become the centerpiece for the Ainsley House and Campbell Historical Museum, which houses additional exhibits in the nearby old firehouse. The Ainsley House was built in the style of English country cottages for John Colpitts Ainsley, a canning pioneer in Santa Clara County, which was at the time known for its vast spreads of fruit orchards.

The Campbell Community Center is located on the northwest corner of Winchester and Campbell Avenues, in the building that used to be Campbell High School, the original school in the Campbell Union High School District. The Redwood Tree, which stands at the corner of Winchester Boulevard and Campbell Avenue was originally planted there on May 11, 1903 by then President, Teddy Roosevelt. The city acquired the property on August 1, 1985, five years after the school shut down. The Heritage Theater, formerly the high schools auditorium, was reopened after renovations in 2004 as an entertainment and event venue. The Community Center holds classes, and portions are available to be rented for various events.

The Campbell Water Tower is a highly visible remnant of Campbells "small town" past and located on the site of the original city water company and pumping plant near downtown.

Campbell used to be the home of the Winchester Drive-In Theater now a business park and is also home to a number of public parks that include John D. Morgan Park, Campbell Park, Edith Morley Park the site of the citys community garden program, Jack Fischer Park, the Los Gatos Creek Trail Park, Orchard City Green, and Stojanovich Family Park. Joseph Gomes Park located at 217 Winchester Blvd. is the smallest park in Campbell.

The Dubcich farm located on West Campbell Ave. near Morgan Park is Campbells last remaining piece of agricultural property and connection to the citys agrarian origins. It is still intact with its original farm house dating back to the 1920s, barn, and fruit trees.

The Winchester Mystery House, former home of the late Sarah Winchester, is also a large attraction located on Winchester Boulevard.


10.2. Points of interest Athletics

Campbell for many years had one of the most successful youth baseball programs in the country, reaching 14 World Series from 1960 to 1987.

Campbells youth baseball system dates to 1909, when Campbell High School formed its first team and won the Interurban Athletic Union championship. The communitys first non-scholastic youth baseball organization was the Junior Hardball League, which began in 1947. In 1954, Campbell Little League and Campbell Pony League began operation, and Moreland Little League, which is located in west San Jose but historically has served many Campbell residents, started in 1959.

Moreland in 1962 became the only Northern California team to win a Little League World Series, with 6-foot-1, 210-pound Ted Campbell pitching a no-hitter in a 3–0 victory over Kankakee, Illinois, in the championship game. Campbell Little League reached the Little League World Series championship game in 1970, 1976 and 1979, becoming one of only two American leagues to go to the LLWS three times in one decade. In all, Campbell-system teams have won six youth baseball World Series and finished second five times. Nine future major leaguers played in the Campbell youth baseball system: Don Hahn, George Tsamis, Steve Davis, Dan Gladden, Doug Capilla, Rich Troedson, Joe Ferguson, John Oldham and Greg Gohr.

The Last Baseball Town, a book by Campbell resident Chuck Hildebrand that chronicles the citys baseball heritage, was published in May 2009.

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