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 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 31.93 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, 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 education level of San Jose ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in San Jose, 43.74% 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 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.