Milpitas is located in the very northeast section of the South Bay. It is home to a number of high-tech companies near the North San Jose technology district. While most residents work in other nearby cities, its population actually increases during the daytime as workers commute from other cities to jobs in Milpitas. The area stretches from the shore of the San Francisco Bay in the west to the high foothills of the Diablo Range in the east. Many of the hillsides are still used for cattle livestock.
Modern-day Milpitas contains a mix of residential, industrial, and commercial areas. While it lacks an official downtown “center,” it has a number of retail centers near residential developments. Noteworthy public schools, multiple visual and performing arts projects, parks and open space preserves, and shopping malls give residents many recreational options. Milpitas is also ranked first in the United States with the largest percentage of employed residents working the computer and electronic products industry.