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 1,025,350 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.

San Jose is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

San Jose is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.80% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in San Jose. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common San Jose landscape.

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 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.