- 2 BedsBds
- 3.5 BathsBa
- 1,792 SqftSqft
San Jose was founded in 1777 and later became the first city in California and the state’s first capital.
Today, San Jose is the third largest city in California, with an estimated population of 1,035,317 in 2017, and it is the county seat of Santa Clara County.
Located on the southern edge of San Francisco Bay, approximately 50 miles southeast of San Francisco, San Jose is the tenth largest city in the United States and covers about 180 square miles.
With mountains on three sides and the bay on the fourth, there are nearly a dozen micro-climates here, plus an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.
The San Jose Metropolitan Area has an estimated population of almost 2 million.
The city has grown from being an agricultural community to manufacturing military equipment in WWII, to hosting aerospace and other tech industries, and now to being The Capital of Silicon Valley.
As it hosts so many high-tech companies, San Jose has had the country’s most expensive housing market in recent years, and this is expected to continue.
Nickname(s): "The Capital of Silicon Valley"
Population: 1,035,317 (2017 estimated)
Land: 177.51 sq. miles
Urban: 342.27 sq. miles
Metro: 2,694.61 sq. miles
The area’s Mediterranean climate invites year-round outdoor recreation. The city’s 60 miles of hiking trails and 285 miles of on-street bikeways are popular with visitors and locals alike. San Jose celebrates its eminent place in the world of technology with museums, tours, and events related to the subject.
San Jose is reckoned to be one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country, with large Hispanic and Asian communities together with the white population and people of other ethnicities. This diversity is reflected in the neighborhoods, faiths, entertainment options, cuisine, shops, and cultural activities here. Farmer’s markets are popular events in many neighborhoods.
Family-friendly entertainment is plentiful and varied in San Jose, and children will love the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and the Children’s Discovery Museum. Nature lovers will enjoy the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and over 100 other regional and local parks, plus the Municipal Rose Garden.
Other attractions include the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts and Mount Herman Adventures. The San Jose Museum of Art has won awards for its presentations. Authentic ethnic cuisine is a specialty of many restaurants featuring locally sourced foods. The city is home to sports teams such as the San Jose Giants baseball team and the San Jose Sharks hockey team.
There can be said to be more than 40 neighborhoods in San Jose, and these can be grouped into five areas: Downtown/Central and the North, East, West, and South zones.
Downtown is the main business district of San Jose. It is home to the Tech Museum of Innovation, where visitors can explore fascinating high-tech gadgets at the cutting-edge of technology. They can also discover the past on a local history tour, learn about textiles at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, or visit the San Jose Museum of Art. There are over 250 restaurants here offering an enormous range of multi-cultural cuisine. The Mineta San Jose International Airport is only 4 miles from Downtown.
North San Jose encompasses most of the city’s largest tech companies, including IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Apple, and SanDisk. The neighborhood of Alviso is located in this region and served as the city’s port—the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is also to be found here. Japan Town, just north of the center, was settled by Japanese people following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is known for its authentic artwork, shops, and cuisine.
East San Jose Alum Rock is one of the neighborhoods here and is home to the Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park, the largest skate park in California. The Lick Observatory is atop Mount Hamilton, and offers an amazing day out where visitors can have a glimpse of the universe using one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. Little Portugal, another interesting neighborhood, is bordered by 33rd St. and Highway 101 and is considered a rich historical area.
West San Jose is bounded to the north by the city of Santa Clara and is known these days as an upscale residential neighborhood, especially in its westernmost part. There are many well-known shopping options here, including Westfield Valley Fair and Westgate Mall, and more than 20 movie theaters. One notable local landmark is the Winchester Mystery House, built in 1884 and considered by many to be haunted!
South San Jose is bounded by the city of Morgan Hill to the south, Camden Avenue to the west and Highway 101 to the east. The area allows access to several open spaces that nature lovers will enjoy, including the Guadalupe River Trail, the Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Santa Teresa County Park. Of the neighborhoods here, Almaden Valley is considered to be wealthy, Seven Trees neighborhood has a large Hispanic population, while in the southernmost part Coyote Valley is quite rural but is targeted for development.
Despite the city’s extreme housing prices, the market for home sales and rentals is still climbing. In its time, the San Jose housing market has been rated the most expensive in the country and the fifth most expensive in the world. Single-family units represent the majority of the housing. Homeowners account for more than half of the population. San Jose is the 3rd-most expensive place to rent in the U.S. Then there are the property taxes, which one of the primary reasons that people give for leaving the area.
There is plenty of good property for sale all across the area for those on high salaries. Some neighborhoods tipped as cheaper options, comparatively speaking, are Edenvale, which is just south of the center, Almaden Valley, which is further south and has a relaxed atmosphere, and Burbank, which is conveniently located just east of Downtown.
|Home Style||Average Price||Median Price|
Property sales figures source: the Santa Clara County REALTORS®, January 2019, and PropertyShark data for January 2019.
The San Jose Unified School District covers much of the city and employs more than 3,000 full-time in 41 schools in which approximately 30,000 students are enrolled. There are also many schools run by religious organizations. San Jose has been ranked as having the third-most educated population in the U.S
The largest university here is San Jose State University with an enrollment of 30,000 and a reputation for being one of the top public colleges in the Western U.S. Private higher education schools here include Cogswell College and International Technological University, and in the wider metro area Santa Clara University and Stanford University can be found.
San Jose has the highest cost-of-living in the United States, which makes it also one of the highest in the world. Six-figure salaries have become common here, although those of workers in less well-paid jobs haven’t necessarily followed suit. While over 40,000 people left the bay area in 2018, more than 50,000 moved into the region. The region has the highest density of millionaires and billionaires in the U.S.
San Jose is called “Capital of Silicon Valley” due to the presence of many tech companies in or near the city, including Intel, Apple, Oracle, Google and Cisco. With its reliance on IT industries, the city’s economy may not seem so diversified these days, and the dot-com crash of 2000-2002 hit the area for a while, but high wages continued to be paid here and the future of the technology sector looks good.