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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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-
San Jose is a city in California with a population of 1,009,363. San Jose is in Santa Clara County. Living in San Jose offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In San Jose there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in San Jose and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in San Jose are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$658,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,689
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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San Jose Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    213
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    55
    41
  • Robbery
    133
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    378
    500
  • Theft
    1,285
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    778
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$90,303
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

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San Jose Reviews

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San Jose is an absolutely beautiful, diverse, and peaceful place to reside! The food and the people are great and the whole vibe and aura is like no other place. Our communities unite when necessary and serve as a support system for each other. It is definitely a warm and welcoming place that I wouldn't change for the world. Any person would be fortunate to live in such an amazing city. We also have many other wonderful cities in our outskirts for tourists and simply just to enjoy a day out in the town. If you love meeting people and learning about various cultures, this is the place for you!
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I feel lucky to live in San Jose. It’s very diverse and there is always something to do. So many festivals and activities in the area. We have the best weather for outdoor fun too. We have the beach 30 min away, or mountains for camping and hiking in the redwoods, and snow just a few hours away, along with tourist attractions closeby. Only downside is cost of living is high here. You pay for what you get though!
I've lived in San Jose for most of my life and it's easy to say that it has come to be a place that I adore. There's tons to do, in what seems to me be now, a small area. Nothing in comparison to what the Bay Area's main city has to offer (San Francisco), but it equally has its own unique shops and attractions. Along with that, it's not that far from sister cities, so if you run out of things to do, the commute to a close city isn't much of a hassle. If there was anything I would want to change, although due to recent renovations seems impossible, it would be a more affordable way of living. Things are getting pricer and harder for families to keep on top of. Houses can get crowded! Along with that, the safety presented around the city should be amped up as well.