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 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.

Of the large cities in America, San Jose is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.80% of people in San Jose drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in San Jose, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

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 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: 38.79% 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.

San Jose also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 38.88%.

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