Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The city shares its borders with the cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale, as well as Moffett Federal Airfield and the San Francisco Bay. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 70,708.
Situated in Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to many high technology companies. In 1956, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, the first company to develop silicon semiconductor devices in what came to be known as Silicon Valley, was established in the city by William Shockley. Today, some of the largest technology companies in the world are headquartered in the city, including the Fortune 1000 companies Google, Symantec, and Intuit.
Mountain View, and much of Silicon Valley, is one of the best places on earth if you are interested in technology, value a fine climate, and enjoy access to many conveniences and perhaps to some luxuries. It is a quiet, conservative place.
The climate is wonderfully pleasant. It gets to the mid-80's typically in the summer, and there is light frost a few times in the winter. The "wet" season is from about October to April, but it actually does not rain very much. The rest of the year has almost no rain. A summer rain shower occurs once every few years and always gets major coverage in the local press.