Silicon Valley is the home of innovation and entrepreneurship. A state where ideas become reality and anything is possible. Combine this with world famous attractions and environmental activism, the State of Silicon Valley will lead the way to a brighter global future. Counties in Silicon Valley will include: Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and San Francisco.


Silicon Valley

The comparison states Washington and Massachusetts are both high-tech centers, with Massachusetts also containing a higher education institutional concentration comparable to the Bay Area’s. Massachusetts has a reputation as a higher tax state. Both Washington and Massachusetts are higher regulation states, but often adopting different approaches to those used in California. Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz. Largest Cities: San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Salinas.

Silicon Valley Massachusetts Washington
Population 6.8mil 6.7mil 7.0mil
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 6.0% 5.7%
Change in Employment +87.7k +72.9k +67.4k
Poverty Rate 12.2% 11.9% 13.6%
Private Wage &
Salary Jobs
2.8mil 2.8mil 2.4mil
Personal Income
Tax Rate
13.3% 5.2% 0.0%
Corporate Income
Tax Rate
8.84% 8.0% 0.0% ²
Largest Industry ¹ Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Retail Trade Retail Trade
¹ Non government and non health   ² State has a gross receipts tax