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Santa Clara County is at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. The county seat is San Jose. The highly urbanized Santa Clara Valley within Santa Clara County is also known as Silicon Valley. Santa Clara is the most populous county in the Bay Area region. Santa Clara is unique because of its combination of physical attractiveness and economic diversity.
With its numerous natural amenities and one of the highest standards of living in the country, the County has long been considered one of the best areas in the United States in which to live and work.
In sports and recreation, San Jose is home to teams for professional soccer, minor league baseball, and the San Jose Sharks, the only professional ice hockey team in Northern California. Other local sports teams include the San Jose Earthquakes, the San Jose Sabercats, the San Jose CyberRays, and the San Jose Giants. Numerous public and private golf courses are located throughout the County. In addition to these recreational outlets, the County of Santa Clara operates 27 parks covering more than 50,000 acres including scenic lakes, streams, and miles of hiking and biking trails.
Local museums and art galleries include the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Rosicrucian Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Triton Museum and many others. There are also abundant performing arts venues including opera, symphonies, musical theatre, repertory theatre, concerts, and children's musical theatre.