Being a Professor in Silicon Valley May Mean You Can't Afford a Home

Housing is so expensive that a community college finds its faculty can't live in the community

Students at Foothill College typically live in the well-to-do towns that surround the two-year institution's suburban campus. Many of their professors, however, can't afford even a down payment there.

It's not that faculty salaries here are shabby: A new assistant professor with a Ph.D. can expect a starting salary of $47,000 a year. But in Santa Clara County, where Foothill is