The Silicon Valley Index is a set of indicators measuring the strength of Silicon Valley's economy and the health of the broader community. The index report covers many aspects of Silicon Valley life. You can read about employment, transportation, venture capital activity, the arts and many other topics.
But my favorite part covers Silicon Valley diversity. A few interesting data points include:
- 48% of SV residents speak a language other than English at home. This is 2.5x the U.S. average. Asian and Pacific island languages are spoken in 43% of the non-English speaking homes, followed by Spanish (38%).
- Foreign net migration is a key driver of SV population growth. In 2009, foreign net migration was +14,000 while domestic migration was negative at -3000.
- 60% of SV's science and engineering workforce was born outside of the U.S. This is roughly 3x the national average. 28% were born in India, 13% in China and 10% in Vietnam.
- 40% of SV residents are White non-Hispanic. 29% are Asian and 25% are Hispanic.
Multiculturalism defines Silicon Valley, and is a key reason it is a global economic force.