- Campbell, California
official_name = City of Campbell
image_caption = Campbell's welcome sign
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in Santa Clara County and the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Santa Clara
leader_name = Daniel Furtado
leader_name1 = Daniel Rich
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1952
area_total_km2 = 14.8
area_land_km2 = 14.5
area_water_km2 = 0.3
area_total_sq_mi = 6.4
area_land_sq_mi = 6.5
area_water_sq_mi = 0.1
area_water_percent = 5.4
population_as_of = 2000
population_note = United States Census Bureau
population_total = 38138
population_density_km2 = 2624.8
population_density_sq_mi = 6802.8
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = PDT
utc_offset_DST = -7
latd = 37 |latm = 17 |lats = 2 |latNS = N
longd = 121 |longm = 57 |longs = 18 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 60
elevation_ft = 197
postal_code = 95008, 95009, 95011
area_code = 408
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 06-10345
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0277483
website = http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/
Campbell (IPAEng|ˈkæmbəl) is a city in Santa Clara County,
California, part of Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of 2007 population estimates, Campbell's population is 39,200. [http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/Business/DemographicsTriFold.pdf Demographics tri-fold] , City of Campbell. Retrieved on 2008-02-18.] Although not a major high-tech city like many of its neighbors, Campbell is the original home of eBayand of its creator, Pierre Omidyar. [" [http://www.enotalone.com/article/9168.html Inside eBay: The Perfect Store] " by Adam Cohen. Retrieved on 2008-02-18.]
Campbell is home to the
Pruneyard Shopping Center, a sprawling open-air retail complex which was involved in a famous U.S. Supreme Courtcase that established the extent of the right to free speech in California.The larger of the associated Pruneyard Towers, built in 1970, was for many years the tallest building between San Franciscoand Los Angeles. Today the Pruneyard Shopping Centeris home to Democrat Mike Hondaand the south bay offices of the FBI.
Campbell is located at coor dms|37|17|2|N|121|57|18|W|city (37.283909, -121.955026)GR|1. It is bordered on the east and north by San Jose and on the south by Los Gatos. A narrow strip of San Jose separates Campbell on the west from Saratoga. [ [http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/data/docs/Zip_Codes_11x17.pdf City of San Jose U.S. Postal Service ZIP Codes] , City of San Jose, Planning Services Division. Retrieved on
Of the total area, 1.75% is water, consisting of
percolation ponds in Los Gatos Creek Parkand in other locations; San Tomas Aquino Creek, which flows north on the west side of the city, is completely enclosed with fences and runs through concrete culverts; and Los Gatos Creek, which flows north-north-east on the east side of the city and has paths along both banks for hikers and joggers (locally called the "Par Course").
State Route 17 runs roughly parallel to Los Gatos Creek on its eastern side; State Route 85 runs roughly east-west through Los Gatos just south of Campbell and cuts through the southwest corner of the city.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 39,200 people, 15,920 households, and 9,122 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 2,624.8/km² (6,802.8/mi²). There were 16,286 housing units at an average density of 1,120.9/km² (2,905.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.78% White, 2.53% African American, 0.65% Native American, 14.16% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 4.87% from other races, and 4.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.33% of the population.
28.0% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.02.
City the population was 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 40.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.
About 48% of the adult population has at least one
college-level degree. However, this has declined in recent years as a greater number of working-class immigrants move into the city.
The median income for a household in the city was $67,214, and the median income for a family was $78,663. Males had a median income of $52,454 versus $43,750 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $34,441. About 3.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
The average rainfall, based on the last nine years (1998-99 to 2006-07 rain season) of data, is 14.82 inches.
Federally, Campbell is located in
California's 15th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +14 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url=http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Democrat Mike Honda.
Campbell was founded by Benjamin Campbell, after whom the city was named. He came to
Californiain 1846 with his father, William Campbell. William started a sawmill in Saratoga and surveyed the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara. In 1851, Benjamin bought convert|160|acre|km2 in southern Santa Clara Valleyand cultivated hayand grain on it. This area later became Campbell's historical downtown core.
About a third of Campbell was a part of the 1839
Alta California Rancho Rinconada de Los Gatosland grant. The Northern extent of the granted land was along present-day Rincon Avenue and across the North end of John D. Morgan Park in central Campbell.
In 1878, Campbell sold his land for $5 an
acreto a railroad company. By 1887, the first subdivision was recorded west of the railroad from Campbell Avenue to the spot where the Water Tower Plaza now stands. The area became the center for shipping fruit grown in the surrounding area, and within a short time, the drying grounds and canneries made Campbell an important rail center. The Campbell Fruit Growers' Union became a well-known cooperative with its 17 acre drying yard. J.C. Ainsley Packing Company, Hyde Cannery, and Payne Cannery were the main fruit packing companies. The Bank of Campbell was founded in 1895.
Campbell was officially incorporated as a city in 1952. The city then grew rapidly as orchard lands disappeared tract by tract. Today, Campbell is a suburban residential neighborhood in the southern part of the
Santa Clara Valley.
Campbell is situated in the southern portion of the
Santa Clara Valley, with Highway 17 passing through eastern Campbell and Highway 85 to its south. The historic downtown section sits just west of the railroad in the central area. The southwestern area of Campbell is known as the San Tomas neighborhood and varies somewhat from most of Campbell in the size of its lots and styles of housing. Hamilton Avenue is one the northernmost roads in Campbell.
The largest park in Campbell is Los Gatos Creek Park near Highway 17, and the second largest is John D. Morgan Park. [http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/Planning/Resources/ZoningMap.pdf City of Campbell Zoning Map] . Retrieved on
Campbell is served by several major roads, including State Route 17, State Route 85 and San Tomas Expressway (
Santa Clara County Route G4). Major local arterial roads include Winchester Boulevard and Bascom Avenue. Public transportin Campbell is operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authorityand includes several local and express bus lines that link the community to nearby towns, including Cupertino, Los Gatos, Palo Alto San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. Additionally, the town is served by three light railstations on the Mountain View - Winchester line, including Hamilton Station, Downtown Campbell Station, and the line's terminus at Winchester Station. These stations were opened as part of the first phase of the Vasona Light Rail project; the line will be extended past Winchester to Vasona Junctionin Los Gatos once funding is secured. That line is now served by buses.
The extension was the subject of a minor dispute with the
Federal Railroad Administrationover the sounding of train horns late at night. This dispute delayed the opening of most of the extension for two months before the grand opening on October 1, 2005.
Housing and businesses
There are few large shopping centers or business complexes in the city, as Campbell is primarily a
suburban residential area. Fry's Electronicsand The Home Depoteach have stores within the city limits and are two of the city's largest employers.
Most residences are single-family homes, although there are some areas with condominiums, duplexes, and
apartments. Single-family homes typically have one or two bathrooms and three or four bedrooms and are between convert|1000|sqft|m2 and convert|1600|sqft|m2 on lots typically measuring about convert|6000|sqft|m2. The vast majority were built in the 1950s through 1970s. There are pockets of older homes, mostly near downtown, often in demand for their architectural styles.fact|date = July 2008 There are also pockets of newer, much larger homes about convert|3500|sqft|m2, mostly built in the 1990s on subdivided lots previously occupied by homes dating from the first half of the 20th century. Most of Campbell's apartments are located in northern Campbell on Hamilton and Campbell Avenues.
Campbell's downtown is located near where Campbell Avenue intersects with the railroad. The downtown has many shops, bars, and restaurants.
The oldest commercial building in the city was erected in 1920, originally for the Grower's Bank. The building was converted to a movie theater in 1938, which closed in 1953. In 1968, The Gaslighter Theater company purchased and refurbished the building with a small stage and bar. [ [http://www.gaslighter.com The Gaslighter home page] . Retrieved on
2008-02-18.] The Gaslighter produced melodramas and Vaudeville-style shows there until it closed in 2006. The building was sold and is currently undergoing refurbishment to become a lounge.fact|date = July 2008
As of October 2006, the median price of single-family homes and condos was $707,500, up 4.8% from the previous October, and averaging $472 per square foot ($5,080/m²) according to the "
San Jose Mercury News"; the average single-family home price, excluding condos, was $645,000 in January, 2004 (according to the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors). The price is based largely on the land value; the replacement cost for homes is about $150 to $200 per square foot ($1,600 to $2,200/m²).
Like many other cities in the
Santa Clara Valley, Campbell was originally orchard land that was later developed into housing tracts. A few small orchards remain, though their numbers continue to dwindle rapidly as they are converted to housing and shopping.
Points of interest
In the early 1990s, the
Ainsley House, a unique English Tudor-style house built in the 1930s, was moved from its original site at the corner of Hamilton and Bascom Avenues (the current site of eBay's headquarters) to the downtown quad and furnished with many of the Ainsley family's original furnishings. It has become the centerpiece for the Campbell Historical Museum, which houses additional exhibits in the nearby old firehouse. The Ainsley House was built in the style of English country cottages for John Colpitts Ainsley, a canningpioneer in Santa Clara County, which was at the time known for its vast spreads of fruit orchards.
The Campbell Community Center is located on the northwest corner of Winchester and Campbell Avenues, in the building that used to be
Campbell High School, the original school in the Campbell Union High School District. The Redwood Tree, which stands at the corner of Winchester Boulevard and CampbellAvenue was originally planted there on May 11, 1903 by then President, Teddy Roosevelt. The city acquired the property on August 1, 1985, three years after the school shut down. [ [http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/heritagetheatre/history.htm History of the Campbell Heritage Theatre] . Retrieved on 2008-02-18.] The Heritage Theater, formerly the high school's auditorium, was reopened after renovations in 2004. The Community Center holds classes, and portions are available to be rented for various events.
Campbell was also the site of the 1896 spree-killing by
In 1975, Mayor Rusty Hammer, at 21, became the youngest
mayorever in the United States. [Howard Fine, [http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-80328109.html Ready to rebuild: New president 'Rusty' Hammer facing many challenges at troubled L.A. Chamber] , "Los Angeles Business Journal", November 19, 2001. Retrieved on 2008-02-18.]
fruit cocktailwas invented in Campbell. Lars Frederiksen, singer and guitarist for the punk band Rancid, grew up in Campbell and frequently mentions the town in songs by both Rancid and his side project Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards.
Dave Meltzer, editor and owner of the "Wrestling Observer Newsletter"
baseball outfielder; played for the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padresin the late 1960s to mid-1970s
Sylvia Browne, psychic, spiritualist, author
Lars Frederiksenof Rancid, Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards
Craig Morton, quarterback for Denver Broncos
Joe Staley, right tackle for the San Francisco 49ers
* [http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us Official city web site]
* [http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/Recreation/communitycenter/ Campbell Community Center]
* [http://www.downtowncampbell.com Downtown Campbell]
* [http://www.wowgas.com Campbell Gas Prices]
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