District 15

Senate District 15 is comprised of 950,000 residents and encompasses a large portion of Santa Clara County, stretching from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and from Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock District. The cities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the San Jose communities of Willow Glen, Almaden, Evergreen, East San Jose, and Downtown are included within the district.

The district also contains vast rural expanses of unincorporated areas that extend to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Stanislaus County border.

The region’s commerce once revolved around agriculture but today District 15’s economy is dominated by Silicon Valley tech companies that employ the thousands of highly skilled workers who have been educated at Bay Area colleges, such as San Jose State University.

District 15 is a culturally diverse region. East San Jose’s vibrant Latino community was the long-time home of civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez, where he honed this community organizing skills and was mentored in the precepts of non-violence as a means for change. Little Saigon, the heart of America’s biggest Vietnamese community, is based in District 15.

Map of Senate District 15 (PDF)

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2010 CENSUS POPULATION
Total Population 928,584 100.00%
Hispanic 278,959 30.04%
NH White 318,301 34.28%
NH Black 23,113 2.49%
NH American Indian and Alaska Native 2,114 0.23%
NH Asian 275,123 29.63%
NH Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 3,001 0.32%
NH Some Other Race 1,839 0.20%
NH 2+ Races 26,134 2.81%

 

2010 CENSUS VOTING AGE POPULATION
Total Voting Age Population 698,809 75.26%
Hispanic 187,530 26.84%
NH White 264,974 37.92%
NH Black 18,487 2.65%
NH American Indian and Alaska Native 1,664 0.24%
NH Asian 208,341 29.81%
NH Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2,334 0.33%
NH Some Other Race 1,192 0.17%
NH 2+ Races 14,287 2.04%

 

2010 CENSUS OCCUPANCY STATUS (HOUSING)
Housing Units 319,623 100.00%
Occupied 305,974 95.73%
Vacant 13,649 4.27%

 

COUNTIES IN DISTRICT
Santa Clara 928,584 52.12%

 

PLACES IN DISTRICT
SANTA CLARA: Alum Rock(U) 15,536 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Burbank(U) 4,926 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Cambrian Park(U) 3,282 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Campbell(C) 39,349 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Cupertino(C) 58,302 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: East Foothills(U) 7,064 85.43%
SANTA CLARA: Fruitdale(U) 935 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Lexington Hills(U) 2,421 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Los Gatos(C) 29,413 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Monte Sereno(C) 3,341 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: San Jose(C) 721,892 76.31%
SANTA CLARA: Saratoga(C) 29,926 100.00%
SANTA CLARA: Remainder of Santa Clara(R) 12,197 40.00%