San Jose, CA
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Living in San Jose


San Jose is a very large city located in the state of California. With a population of 1,021,795 people and 202 constituent neighborhoods, San Jose is the third largest community in California.

San Jose home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but San Jose real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities, San Jose isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in San Jose are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, San Jose is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Jose who work in management occupations (11.58%), office and administrative support (9.67%), and computer science and math (8.71%).

Also of interest is that San Jose has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

San Jose is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although San Jose is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

In San Jose, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.93 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

One of the benefits of being a big city like San Jose is having a public transportation system, but in San Jose the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus San Jose benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The citizens of San Jose are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.74% of adults in San Jose have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in San Jose in 2018 was $46,599, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $186,396 for a family of four. However, San Jose contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Jose is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Jose home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Jose residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. San Jose also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Jose include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of San Jose's cultural character, accounting for 39.74% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in San Jose is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.