About the Silicon Valley Index

The Silicon Valley Index - Now available in print and online!

The Silicon Valley Index is a nationally recognized publication that has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. Released by Joint Venture every February, the indicators measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community—highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for decision making.

You can download a PDF of the entire 2019 report. We're also pleased to announce that the complete Index is available on its own dynamic website: www.siliconvalleyindicators.org. There, you can click on the charts and access their underlying data.

What is an Indicator?

Indicators are measurements that tell us how we are doing: whether we are going up or down, going forward or backward, getting better or worse, or staying the same. Good indicators:

  • are bellwethers that reflect fundamentals of long-term regional health;
  • reflect the interests and concerns of the community;
  • are statistically measurable on a regular basis; and
  • measure outcomes, rather than inputs.

How are the Indicators Chosen?

Every year the institute chooses from a group of 60 indicators. More than half of these are returning indicators that we track systematically over time; the remaining indicators are chosen for their ability to tell how our region is faring across a broad range of goal areas that were adopted by the organization in 1998 as the Joint Venture Framework for Regional Progress.

Reach and Impact

  • We're gratified that more than 1,200 people - from every sector of the community - gather for the State of the Valley Conference, where we release the Index, every February.
  • Thousands of copies are downloaded from our website and distributed worldwide.
  • See other indicator projects that have been started around the country.
  • The information surfaced by the Index becomes the point of departure for all of the programs and initiatives that we undertake at Joint Venture.

Want more data?

indicators home page

Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org?

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Joint Venture Publications

Joint Venture produces and provides supporting documents and research for a wide array of Silicon Valley interests. We also help to support our initiatives through the publication of the annual Silicon Valley Index and a variety of other periodic reports and white papers.