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 1,035,317 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Jose who work in management occupations (11.73%), office and administrative support (10.56%), and sales jobs (9.69%).

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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of San Jose. This makes San Jose a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, San Jose presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One downside of living in San Jose is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In San Jose, the average commute to work is 30.74 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

San Jose is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.29% of adults in San Jose have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in San Jose in 2010 was $40,275, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,100 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 32.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Jose include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

San Jose also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 39.44%.

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