A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$609,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,585
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C+
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      180
      273
    • Murder
      3
      6
    • Rape
      36
      41
    • Robbery
      111
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      475
      525
    • Theft
      1,274
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      679
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $84,647
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    20%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      15%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      24%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      26%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      18%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      17%
      13%

    San Jose Reviews

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    Definitely a perfect fit for anyone looking for quintessential suburban life mixed with lots of diversity! Despite being labelled as one of the largest cities in the US, San Jose definitely maintains a small-town feeling, as it consists mostly of numerous suburban neighborhoods clustered around a rather small (and underwhelming) downtown area. Being in the Silicon Valley, cost of living is steep, as homes are in high demand due to the concentration of job and education opportunities. People are super friendly, though, and the weather is almost always great (gotta love being in California!). Traffic is generally a non-issue outside of rush hour times (during which it is definitely borderline horrific at times).
    Review San Jose
    Lived here for my entire child and adult life. A car is definitely a necessity, and it's a very relaxed environment!

    Now, if you're the type who likes to go out and about into the late hours of the night, San Jose is probably not the city for you. Places usually close around 10-11PM, and the late night places are usually situated in sketchy/dangerous areas!

    Late night events do include plenty of food places, a card room, and various bars/bowling alleys/karaoke venus, notably in Santa Clara.

    On the topic of food: San Jose has a bunch of it. It's a very multicultural city and there are various ethnic pockets littered throughout the entirety of the suburban sprawl! I'm happy to say that there's no shortage of great eats, ranging from Mexican, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Korean - the list goes on! Boba is plentiful here as well
    San Jose definitely has one of the most diverse people in the Bay Area. The community is expanding and people around here definitely want to make a change. I've lived here for 18 years and I can say that it's a fast paced community deriving out of the old life style and into the new. Buildings are expanding and activities are becoming more popular here! There are many opportunities arising that can help everyone! The offers are limitless and the lifestyle is drastically changing everyday here. There are tons of predictions that after Bart is built, the commute is greater and better for San Jose! The population is expanding and the visitors will want to live in this safe environment after their first visit! I'm enjoying every aspect in San Jose and can't wait to see what the future will look for this city!