Blossom Valley residents have easy access to all of San Jose thanks to an excellent highway system: I-85 gives residents east-west access and links with Highway 101, the Capital Expressway and Highway 87 with its north-south access. Light rail transportation is located throughout the I-87 corridor.
The four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school located in the Almaden Valley are part of District 5 of the San Jose Unified School District. The district includes students from both Almaden and Blossom Valleys. Almaden Valley schools are known for excellent scores in national testing.
Santa Clara County is unique because of its combination of physical attractiveness and economic diversity. The county is located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay and encompasses 1,300 square miles. With its numerous natural amenities and one of the highest standards of living in the country, it has long been considered one of the best areas in the United States in which to live and work.
The Mediterranean climate of the region remains temperate year-round due to the area's geography and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is warm and dry much of the year. The fertile Santa Clara Valley runs the entire length of the county from north to south, ringed by the rolling hills of the Diablo Range on the east, and the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west. Salt marshes and wetlands lie in the northwestern part of the county, adjacent to the waters of San Francisco Bay.
Today, the county is a major employment center for the region, providing more than a quarter of all jobs in the Bay Area. It has one of the highest median family incomes in the country, and a wide diversity of cultures, backgrounds and talents. Santa Clara County continues to attract people from all over the world. Today, Santa Clara County is known as "Silicon Valley," the birthplace of the high technology revolution.
The county's population of over 1.6 million makes it the fourth largest in the state, and the largest of the nine Bay Area counties. Its population constitutes about one fourth of the Bay Area's total population. There are 15 cities and various unincorporated areas in the county ranging from Palo Alto in the north to Gilroy in the south. San Jose is the largest city in the county, with a population of nearly 850,000, and is the administrative site of county government.