And now a “good news” list. NerdWallet has assembled a list of the 510 largest cities in the US to determine which cities are the most improved since the recession in 2009, up until the 2012 stats that they used. Sunnyvale ranks #19 overall and #1 in California. The next CA city on the list was Pleasanton (where I grew up) at #37.
The factors that influenced our placement were a 21.33% drop in Sunnyvale’s unemployment over that period, a 15.99% increase in median household income, and a 4.24% increase in median home value. It would be interesting to see how we fare using current-day stats, since all three of those statistics have increased significantly since 2012 (particularly the median home value statistic).