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.

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 office and administrative support (11.29%), management occupations (10.97%), and sales jobs (10.59%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

San Jose is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.81% 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.

The population of San Jose is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.18% of adults in San Jose have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in San Jose in 2010 was $34,992, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,968 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 White, followed by Asian. 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 33.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Jose include Irish, Italian, English, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of San Jose's cultural character, accounting for 38.73% of the city’s population.

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