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Overview

Introduction to San Jose, California

San Jose, located in northern California in the Santa Clara Valley, is the third-largest city in the state (930,000) and the eleventh-largest in the nation. The oldest city in the state, San Jose was its one-time capital shortly after California became a US territory. The gold rush of 1849 and the arrival of railroads in the 1860s both created significant growth, making San Jose a major commercial center for the area's agricultural products. Agriculture is still a large part of the city's economy, with wine production and food processing/distribution among its leading industries.

But it's technology that has made San Jose what it is today, the largest city in northern California and the heart of the Silicon Valley, known for its prominence in the development of semiconductors and computer-related technology. Headquartered in San Jose are industry giants Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, Cisco, and eBay. Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Hitachi also have bases in the city. The technology boom of the 1980s and beyond has brought significant prosperity to San Jose, making it one of the nation's fastest-growing. The city also ranks among highest in the country for median household income, giving it a wealth of entertaining outlets to spend that income. Including Oakland, San Francisco and other communities in the Bay Area, San Jose is part of the country's fourth-largest metropolis. But despite its size, San Jose is one of the country's safest, ranking #1 among big cities on Morgan Quitno's Safest Cities in America list three years in a row.

San Jose Culture

The city has a strong arts community, with the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Opera San Jose, San Jose Wind Symphony and San Jose Chamber Orchestra all providing entertainment throughout the year. Among the area's many art museums are the San Jose Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Triton Museum of Art in nearby Santa Clara. Rosicrucian Park has a planetarium and a museum with one of the country's largest collections of Egyptian relics. The San Jose Historical Museum has 27 historical homes spread over 14 acres. The Blackhawk Museum in nearby Danville is a Smithsonian affiliate museum with a huge collection of automobiles and transportation relics. The city hosts a 13-week Sunday Jazz Series at the start of the year, and on a weekend in August, the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival is the world's largest free jazz event. There is also a 2-week film festival in March and a 2-day cultural festival in July. For those who can't find enough to do within the city, attractions in San Francisco are less than an hour away.

San Jose Sports and Leisure

There's plenty of action for sports fans in San Jose. The NHL's San Jose Sharks play at HP Pavilion, affectionately known as "the Shark tank." The San Jose Giants, a single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, play minor league baseball at San Jose Municipal Stadium. The city is also home to the Arena Football League's San Jose SaberCats and Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. Just 45 minutes away, San Francisco and Oakland provide more big league action, with major league baseball's San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, and the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

San Jose Outdoors

With 300 sunny days per year, an average annual temperature of 70 degrees and proximity to the ocean and mountains, San Jose is ideal for outdoor recreation. Almaden Lake Park within the city offers swimming, fishing, boating, wind surfing, hiking and volleyball. Along the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose, Guadalupe River Park is the country's largest urban park under development. San Jose is just 20 minutes from legendary beaches along the Pacific Coast. Santa Cruz is a surfer's mecca. The birthplace of surfing on the American mainland has the first surfing museum and more than 60 surf breaks (including Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point) along a 45-mile, S-shaped coastline. San Jose is within easy access of California's nearby mountain ranges allowing hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. San Jose is also within a short drive of some of the best golfing in the country. Within the city, Coyote Creek Golf Club features two Jack Nicklaus designed courses; the legendary courses at Pebble Beach are less than an hour away.

San Jose at Night

Named the third Most Fun City in America by Cranium Inc., San Jose boasts a wide variety of nightlife options. The "SoFA" (South First Area) district is a hotspot loaded with restaurants, bars and entertainment venues along First and Second streets.

People

Total Population 986,320
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 473,132
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 51%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.2%
Median Earnings25+ $45,499
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,802
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,760

Wealth

Median Family Income $92,379
% Above Poverty Level 88.2%
% Below Poverty Level 11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,528
Median House Value $579,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.6%

San Jose Almanac

Category Value
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 95101, 95102, 95110, 95111, 95112, 95113, 95116, 95117, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95123, 95124, 95125, 95126, 95127, 95128, 95129, 95130, 95131, 95132, 95133, 95134, 95135, 95136, 95137, 95138, 95139, 95140, 95141, 95142, 95148
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95103, 95106, 95108, 95109, 95114, 95115, 95150, 95151, 95152, 95153, 95154, 95155, 95156, 95157, 95158, 95159, 95160, 95161, 95164, 95170, 95171, 95172, 95173
Company Zip Codes 95190, 95191, 95192, 95193, 95194, 95196
Phone Area Codes 408
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.339
Longitude -121.893

San Jose Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SAN JOSE
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches
Station NEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station SANTA CRUZ
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 53 to 75 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, San Jose, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mount Hamilton (95140)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,327 $103,539
Cupertino 59,787 $158,053
Milpitas 69,346 $102,005
Santa Clara 119,525 $109,672
Saratoga 30,627 $197,332
Sunnyvale 145,921 $117,982

San Jose Public Libraries

Library
San Jose Public Library
180 W. SAN CARLOS ST.
San Jose, California
(408) 277-4846
Santa Clara County Library
1095 N. SEVENTH ST.
San Jose, California
(408) 293-2326
Library Web Site

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San Jose Hospitals

REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER OF SAN JOSE
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
225 N JACKSON AVE
(408) 259-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

SANTA TERESA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
250 HOSPITAL PARKWAY
(408) 972-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2425 SAMARITAN DRIVE
(408) 559-2011
Emergency Service: Yes

SANTA CLARA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
751 SOUTH BASCOM AVENUE
(408) 885-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

O'CONNOR HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2105 FOREST AVENUE
(408) 947-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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San Jose High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

INDEPENDENCE HIGH
1776 EDUCATIONAL PARK DR.
408-928-9500
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 4,053 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

OAK GROVE HIGH
285 BLOSSOM HILL ROAD
408-347-6500
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,604 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

SILVER CREEK HIGH
3434 SILVER CREEK ROAD
408-347-5600
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,386 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

SANTA TERESA HIGH
6150 SNELL ROAD
408-347-6200
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

PIEDMONT HILLS HIGH
1377 PIEDMONT ROAD
408-347-3800
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,037 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

MT. PLEASANT HIGH
1750 S. WHITE ROAD
408-937-2800
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,990 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

HILL (ANDREW P.) HIGH
3200 SENTER ROAD
408-347-4100
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,986 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

LELAND HIGH
6677 CAMDEN AVE.
408-535-6290
Serves 1,788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

LINCOLN (ABRAHAM) HIGH
555 DANA AVE.
408-535-6300
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,768 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

LYNBROOK HIGH
1280 JOHNSON AVE.
408-366-7700
Serves 1,702 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

LEIGH HIGH
5210 LEIGH AVE.
408-377-4470
Serves 1,674 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.1

YERBA BUENA HIGH
1855 LUCRETIA AVE.
408-347-4700
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,555 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

EVERGREEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
3300 QUIMBY ROAD
408-347-7000
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,546 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

OVERFELT (WILLIAM C.) HIGH
1835 CUNNINGHAM AVE.
408-347-5900
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,501 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

SPECIAL EDUCATION
1290 RIDDER PARK DR.
408-453-6549
A Special Education School
Serves 1,437 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

BRANHAM HIGH
1570 BRANHAM LANE
408-267-1020
Serves 1,397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.6

PIONEER HIGH
1290 BLOSSOM HILL ROAD
408-535-6310
Serves 1,396 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

WILLOW GLEN HIGH
2001 COTTLE AVE.
408-535-6330
Serves 1,252 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

DEL MAR HIGH
1224 DEL MAR AVE.
408-298-0260
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,234 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

LICK (JAMES) HIGH
57 N. WHITE ROAD
408-347-4400
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,130 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

GUNDERSON HIGH
620 GAUNDABERT LANE
408-535-6340
Serves 1,082 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

SAN JOSE HIGH ACADEMY
275 N. 24TH ST.
408-535-6320
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,073 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

ESCUELA POPULAR ACCELERATED FAMILY LEARNING
1180 E. JULIAN STREET
A Charter School.
Serves 766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43

FOOTHILL HIGH (CONT.)
230 PALA AVE.
408-928-9100
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 510 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

JUVENILE HALL
1290 RIDDER PARK DR. MC213
408-453-6962
A Non-traditional School
Serves 361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

DOWNTOWN COLLEGE PREP
350 S. 2ND
408-271-1730
A Charter School.
Serves 351 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

BOYNTON HIGH
901 BOYNTON AVE.
408-241-0330
A Non-traditional School
Serves 264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

LIBERTY HIGH (ALTERNATIVE)
2177 COTTLE AVE.
408-535-6327
A Non-traditional School
Serves 246 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL
1290 RIDDER PARK DR. MC213
408-453-6500
A Non-traditional School
Serves 209 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

BROADWAY HIGH (CONT.)
4825 SPEAK LN.
408-535-6285
A Non-traditional School
Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

MACSA ACADEMIA CALMECAC
660 SINCLAIR DR.
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 126 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

SAN JOSE CONSERVATION CORPS CHARTER SCHOOL
2650 SENTER ROAD
408-283-7171
A Charter School.
Serves 122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

PEGASUS HIGH (CONT.)
1776 EDUCATIONAL PARK DR.
408-928-9597
A Non-traditional School
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

EAST SIDE CADET ACADEMY
2315 CANOAS GARDEN
408-273-2678
A Non-traditional School
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

APOLLO HIGH (CONT.)
1835B CUNNINGHAM ROAD
408-347-5943
A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

SAN JOSE COMMUNITY HIGH
275 NORTH 21ST STREET
A Non-traditional School
Serves 76 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

PHOENIX HIGH (CONT.)
6150 SNELL ROAD
408-347-6291
A Non-traditional School
Serves 75 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

GENESIS HIGH (CONT.)
3434 SILVER CREEK ROAD
408-270-4807
A Non-traditional School
Serves 64 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH
2101 MOORPARK AVE.
408-298-2181
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 31

FOUNDRY COUNTY COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL
258 SUNOL ST.
408-294-3838
A Non-traditional School
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

WILLOW GLEN PLUS (CONT.)
2001 COTTLE AVE.
408-264-4422
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

LELAND PLUS (CONT.)
6677 CAMDEN AVE.
408-535-6100
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

SAN JOSE HIGH ACADEMY PLUS (CONT.)
275 N. 24TH ST.
408-287-1631
A Non-traditional School
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

PIONEER PLUS (CONT.)
1290 BLOSSOM HILL ROAD
408-264-4428
A Non-traditional School
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

GUNDERSON PLUS (CONT.)
622 GAUNDABERT LANE
408-972-8629
A Non-traditional School
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT ACADEMY
420 CALERO AVENUE
408-227-8189
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

CAMDEN COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL
2223 CAMDEN AVENUE
408-371-0960
A Non-traditional School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

CROSSROADS COMMUNITY DAY
706 W. JULIAN ST.
408-535-6000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

COMMUNITY CAREER ACADEMY (CONT.)
2105 FOREST AVE.
408-947-2852
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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