Situated in Santa Clara County in San Francisco's Bay Area, the city of Sunnyvale is one of the many communities that make up the insatiable technological beast that is California's Silicon Valley. Consistently ranked among the safest places to live in the United States, the city offers a range of attractions for expats living in Sunnyvale to enjoy, such as the non-profit Lace Museum, the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum and Golfland USA, which is highly recommended for children's parties. Chocolatier Desiree in downtown Sunnyvale is certainly worth a visit, while Rooster T Feathers Comedy Club brings laughter to this part of the west at affordable ticket prices. And expatriates living in Sunnyvale will find that Silicon Valley's largest community-based urban farm - the 11-acre Full Circle Farm - is based in the Birdland area of Sunnyvale. And InterNations, the largest online expat community in the world, offers know-how and support for expatriates looking to establish their new lives abroad.
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Sunnyvale is served by three international airports in the nearby cities of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco, so expats moving to Sunnyvale needn't ever worry about getting home in a hurry. The southern part of Sunnyvale is largely residential, while most of the northern sector is zoned off for industrial use. The population of the city came in at just under 150,000 at the last count in 2012. Since 2009, the downtown area has undergone major redevelopment, with a focus on the regeneration of Sunnyvale Town Centre mall, and a number of modern apartment buildings have been completed in the same vicinity since the summer of 2013, providing expatriates moving to Sunnyvale with one possible accommodation option. San Miguel, Birdland, Lakewood Village, Cherry Chase and Sunny Arch are just a few of the city's neighborhoods, and some of the most expensive homes in Sunnyvale can be found on Freemont Avenue, where the luscious landscapes that line the streets of nearby San Francisco can be seen in all their glory. Through InterNations’ forums, expats looking to relocate to Sunnyvale can exchange and receive trustworthy information regarding apartment lets, travel and networking opportunities within the area.
Tech-savvy expatriates in Sunnyvale who are setting out on careers in computing should find plenty of opportunities in this part of the Golden State, as Sunnyvale certainly lives up to its billing as 'The Heart of Silicon Valley', with high-tech companies such as Yahoo!, NetApp, AppliedMicro and Ariba headquartered in the area, while Apple and Nokia also have a presence. However, major US defense and security company Lockheed Martin is the biggest employer in Sunnyvale, with over 7,000 workers on their books at the last count, although the high-tech sector combined employs many more than that number. Yahoo currently employs around 5,000 people at their Sunnyvale headquarters, while NetApp are the second-largest high-tech company in the area with around 3,000 people working in Sunnyvale on their main premises. InterNations members, as well as the sites online collection of expat relevant articles, the Expat Magazine, can offer vital information and advice on such issues as US visa, working abroad, culture shock and more.