San Jose, CA
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Living in San Jose


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 1,013,240 people and 219 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, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Jose who work in management occupations (11.85%), office and administrative support (9.53%), and computer science and math (9.25%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in San Jose telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.16% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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.

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.

One downside of living in San Jose, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.73 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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, 44.79% 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 $49,207, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $196,828 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 30.99% 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 40.53% of the city’s population.

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