Moving to San Jose, CA

Thinking about moving to San Jose?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 79,408 people have moved to San Jose, an increase of 8.4%. New residents are attracted to San Jose’s high paying jobs, excellent weather, and the culture of northern California. As the center of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a tech powerhouse and one of the best places in the world to find a tech job or start a tech company.

Living

San Jose is home to 1,025,350 San Joseans. With an area of 176.6 square miles, San Jose has a population density of 5,806 persons per square mile, which makes it more dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 1,978,816 people, of which San Jose proper’s population makes up 52%.

Housing

San Jose’s growth and desirability come at a major cost: housing is pricey. The median home value in San Jose is $881,200, 340% above the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in San Jose is $569. Over the past 5 years, home values in San Jose have increased by 11%.

Renters in San Jose will also have a hard time finding affordable housing. The median rent in San Jose is $3,333 per month, which is 133% higher than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in San Jose have decreased by 1.3%.

Economy

The San Jose economy is on fire. The San Jose metro area’s GDP grew by 44% between 2010 and 2015, from $164 billion in 2010 to $235 billion in 2015, a total increase of $71 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $118,870. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in San Jose, CA is $95,405, 121% higher than the national median. San Jose’s unemployment rate is 3.6%.

More about San Jose, CA

San Jose, CA Arts and Entertainment

Ngoc Suong

1820 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, CA 95116

SEIKI Ramen

4035 Evergreen Village Sq Ste 40 San Jose, CA 95135

TAOB Pit Stop

484 Blossom Hill Rd San Jose, CA 95123

House of Meatball

4898 San Felipe Rd Ste 150 San Jose, CA 95135

Firehouse No.1 Gastropub

69 N San Pedro St San Jose, CA 95110

Black Sheep Brasserie

1202 Lincoln Ave Ste 30 San Jose, CA 95125

Restaurants
Ngoc Suong
SEIKI Ramen
TAOB Pit Stop
House of Meatball
Firehouse No.1 Gastropub
Black Sheep Brasserie

LVL 44

44 S Almaden Ave San Jose, CA 95113

The Vape Cafe

2050 Tully Rd San Jose, CA 95122

Temple Bar & Lounge

52 S 1st St San Jose, CA 95113

Oasis Club

394 S 2nd St San Jose, CA 95113

The Office

Edit 2306 Almaden Rd San Jose, CA 95125

Haberdasher

43 W San Salvador St San Jose, CA 95113

Five Points

169 W Santa Clara St San Jose, CA 95113

Original Gravity Public House

66 S 1st St San Jose, CA 95113

Cinebar

Edit 69 E San Fernando St San Jose, CA 95113

Nightlife
LVL 44
The Vape Cafe
Temple Bar & Lounge
Oasis Club
The Office
Haberdasher
Five Points
Original Gravity Public House
Cinebar

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

1660 Park Ave San Jose, CA 95191

San Jose Museum of Art

110 S Market St San Jose, CA 95113

The Tech Museum of Innovation

201 S Market St San Jose, CA 95113

Children’s Discovery Museum

Edit 180 Woz Way San Jose, CA 95110

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

560 S 1st St San Jose, CA 95113

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 North 5th St San Jose, CA 95112

Winchester Mystery House

525 S Winchester Blvd San Jose, CA 95128

Museums
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Children’s Discovery Museum
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Winchester Mystery House

Weather

If hot weather isn’t your thing, you might want to think twice before moving to San Jose. San Jose winters are warm, with an average temperature of 61 degrees. Summers in San Jose are hot, with an average temperature of 84 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 70 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 76 degrees.

Don’t worry too much about packing your umbrella. San Jose only sees 62 rainy days per year on average and has an average annual rainfall of 15.8 inches. San Jose is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 72. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. San Jose only gets an average of 3,608 sunny hours per year and 160 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

San Jose is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 330 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in San Jose are relatively low, with a rate of 2,427 incidents per 100,000 persons, a lower rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in San Jose what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in San Jose spends 82.6 hours in traffic each year, with about 13% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

San Jose is an expensive place to live with a high cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, San Jose has a regional price parity of 135.3, 23.6% above the average for US metro areas.

Education

San Jose is a well-educated city, with 24% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 14% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 18% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in San Jose is 36.4 years. 50.2% of the population in the San Jose metro area is male, while 49.8% is female. 36.5% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, San Jose is 51% white, 3% African American, and 1% Asian.

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