Milpitas, whose name in Spanish means "little cornfields," was until the mid-20th century primarily a farming and livestock community. Incorporated in 1954, Milpitas experienced a period of massive residential and shopping development lasting through the ensuing two decades. Between 1970 and the turn of the 21st century, the city's population increased ten-fold, largely due to the onset of high-tech computer industries populating the surrounding Silicon Valley area. Today the city is home to several of these high-tech corporations, including Solectron Corporation, Cisco Systems, Seagate Technology, Lifescan, Inc. and many others.
The unemployment rate in Milpitas is 2.7% (U.S. avg. is 3.9%). Recent job growth is Positive. Milpitas jobs have increased by 2.5%
Compared to the rest of the country, Milpitas's cost of living is 116.7% higher than the U.S. average.
August, July, and September are the most pleasant months in Milpitas, while December and January are the least comfortable months.
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