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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, San Jose is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.

One downside of living in San Jose, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.93 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

San Jose, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of San Jose are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

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.

In addition, San Jose has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (39.74%).

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