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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    B+
San Jose is a city in California with a population of 1,023,031. San Jose is in Santa Clara County. 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 above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$714,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,822
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
    210.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    152.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    433.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,290
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    735.6
    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
    25%
    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
$96,662
National
$55,322
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I like that San Jose has a lot of boba places and plazas filled with cuisine from many different cultures. There are an abundant amount of things you can do around here, but would have to drive a couple miles to get to any large malls, sport gyms, etc. At night, there isn’t much to do since most stores, food places are closed. I’d say most teenagers/ adults go to milk tea “bars” since they’re like a night club at night haha. The public schools here are very nice and clean. They vary quite a bit in education and student population, but are all very good schools for your kids to attend! There can be a lot of competition academically, but it encourages your kid to work harder and strive to study better!
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San Jose is an amazing city. The area is incredibly diverse so there are no problems with finding different foods to eat or people to meet. The city is ideal for tech-lovers as it's a close drive to all of the major tech companies (Apple, Google, Cisco, etc.).
The worst thing about San Jose is the traffic! On any given day from 7am-9am and/or 3pm-7pm, there will undoubtedly be a LOT of traffic, so much so that a usual 10-15 minute drive could become an hour-long commute.
Overall, though, it's a great city and place to live.
I love San Jose! It is near a lot of food and drink places. Many places are easily accessible, and I am located near the malls, downtown, and I am closeby to cupertino, redwood city, san francisco and santa cruz. This location is near everything, and the places are easy to get to. The only thing is that sometimes, it is dangerous at night time because there have been recent shootings, and you must be careful and aware, because robberies happen frequently too. Traffic is terrible. However, I love the weather, and San Jose is my home that I love.