A family-oriented community with a very low crime rate, Cupertino centers its social scene around a healthy, active, and well-educated lifestyle. Adjacent to Community Hall is a two-story library. Containing many family-friendly features, such as a wall-integrated 16-foot aquarium next to the children’s books section, this library, which is a branch of the greater Santa Clara County system, has had the distinction for each of the past several years of having the county’s highest circulation.
Cupertino is replete with facilities for a diverse array of sports and other activities, including baseball, gymnastics, softball, soccer, cricket, swimming, and tennis. The city’s Parks and Recreation department offers over 200 activities, ranging from painting to karate, pottery to guitar lessons, language to a wide array of dance classes, and various after-school music programs. Parks are distributed throughout the community, which include a nature preserve, a 9-hole community golf course, and an extensive tennis facility at the Sports Center. A number of classes and community events are offered or hosted by De Anza College, which is also home to the Euphrat Museum of Art.
A number of venues make Cupertino an eclectic and fascinating venue for shopping and dining. In many ways, the relatively rapid change in the demographic make-up of the Cupertino community in recent decades has been reflected in the diverse mixture of shopping and dining experiences. In recent years, Cupertino has witnessed an expansion of culinary offerings from many excellent and authentic restaurants, which now number more than 160 throughout the city. The city’s largest shopping center, the Vallco Mall, also known as Cupertino Square, is anchored by the Macy’s, Sears, and JC Penney department stores, and also includes the AMC Theaters, the Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley, and an ice skating rink. Working together with the community, the Cupertino Chamber will continue its efforts to make Cupertino an economically vibrant and healthy environment.