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 1,030,119 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 (11.30%), office and administrative support (9.79%), and sales jobs (9.17%).

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.

In San Jose, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.36 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.

San Jose is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but San Jose really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, San Jose citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in San Jose ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in San Jose a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The education level of San Jose ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in San Jose, 42.72% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in San Jose in 2010 was $43,278, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $173,112 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 31.96% 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 39.47% of the city’s population.

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