San Jose, CA
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San Jose is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 1,026,908 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Jose who work in management occupations (11.10%), office and administrative support (10.96%), and sales jobs (10.36%).

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 also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One important feature of San Jose is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.80% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in San Jose anyway. So, if you like to drive, San Jose is the city for you! The landscape around San Jose reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

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 very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.79% of adults in San Jose have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in San Jose in 2010 was $35,811, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,244 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 32.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Jose include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, San Jose has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (38.88%).

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