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%

San Jose Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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%
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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).
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We all learn to appreciate things and for me, San Jose is one of them! With a good diversity rate, comes a wide variety of foods and restaurants. Enjoying the wonders of a melting pot of people, food, and culture helps us gain perspective on many levels. Having different cultural ethnic groups living in harmony, shows prosperity in our human race. Overall, San Jose is an enjoyable place to visit, to live, to be. Improvements needed stands for anywhere else. General tactics of keeping younger generations out of trouble, out of the streets is ideal and has been showing progress.
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