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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  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
    B
San Jose is a city in California with a population of 1,026,658. San Jose is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Jose offers residents an urban suburban mix 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 highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$793,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,970
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
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
    242
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    128.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    395.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,435
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    589
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in San Jose

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$104,234
National
$55,322
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I grew up here, this is pretty much my home! I love how we have a lot of restaurants to eat at as this area feels like a second San Francisco, just slightly watered down. Also, the surplus of boba places are great, there are so many malls to hang out in, and Great America is so close! This area has so many things to do, you'll never run out. However, the housing prices are ridiculous and the Downtown area is really dirty, slightly eerie as there's some crime down there. Nevertheless, it feels like a nice neighborhood that's pretty average on the US scale, but more fun!
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What I like about San Jose is the diversity of the population. Living here for the past 14 years, San Jose feels like my second home and I couldn't find a better place to live. Once I go to college, I'm scared about leaving San Jose because I'm not used to living anywhere else. Not only that but San Jose has all the essentials I need.
Something I would like to change is the homeless population. We have lots of homeless people near us and many of them go to my neighborhood at night looking for open cars to sleep in. We need San Jose to build a community to aid them! Especially during a time like the coronavirus. They recently built this huge apartment to rent near me. We don't need more people to move here. We need more help for the people who already live here.
I have lived in San Jose,CA my entire life. It is the heart of Silicon Valley. A place of huge opportunity to innovative individuals. There is a large community feeling with yearly events such as Christmas in the Park, walk-a-thons, farmer markets, and museums. I love it here! If you are someone who appreciates diversity, downtown San Jose nightlife,great social settings, and suburban areas this is the city for you! You are also only about a 40 min drive from San Francisco!