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San Jose city, California

San Jose city, California
Nickname(s):S.J., San Jo
Motto(s):The Capital of Silicon Valley
Founded:November 29, 1777
Incorporated:March 27, 1850
- Total:945.942 (2010)
- Density:5.344,3/sq mi (2.065,4/sq km)
Area code(s):408, 669
Time zone:PST (UTC−8)
Summer Time zone:PDT (UTC−7)
- Total:181 sq mi (467 sq km)
- Land:177 sq mi (458 sq km)
- Water:4 sq mi (9 sq km)
- % water:1,93 %

Quick information summary of the San Jose city area.

San Jose city is located in the state of California. It occupies the area of 181 square miles. 4 square miles are water areas and 177 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the San Jose city lies at +37.2968672, -121.8193058 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 945.942 living in the San Jose city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (42.75%), Asian (32.05%) and Some Other Race (15.72%). Median age is 35 for the males and 36 for the females.

San Jose is a city in the state of California, located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It is often called “The Capital of the Silicon Valley” as it is the largest city of that region. With a population of 971,372, San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, the third-largest city in California and the tenth-most populous city in the United States.

San Jose started as a small farming town but in the late 1990s, thanks to its booming industry, especially the technology, it became a global city and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

The city goes by several nicknames, most notably “S.J” and “San Jo.” It lies in the Pacific Time Zone and its residents are called San Joseans. San Jose is the county seat of Santa Clara County.

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Statistical data for the San Jose city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
404,43742.75 %
Black or African American alone
30,2423.20 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8,2970.88 %
Asian alone
303,13832.05 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4,0170.42 %
Some Other Race alone
148,74915.72 %
Two or More races
47,0624.98 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) San Jose city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) San Jose city part within the Subdivision
Santa Clara County 1.781.642- San Jose city part945.942
Diablo Range CCD 1.508- San Jose city part84
Llagas-Uvas CCD 4.014- San Jose city part24
San Jose CCD 1.661.105- San Jose city part945.801
South Santa Clara Valley CCD 103.477- San Jose city part33

Profile of the San Jose city

San Jose History

San Jose was founded as a pueblo in 1777 and named Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, in honor of Saint Joseph. In 1821, the town came under Mexican rule until 1846, when California was annexed to the United States. It was the first capital of California and hosted the first and second sessions of the California Legislature.

The city suffered extensive damage from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, although to a lesser extent compared to San Francisco. During the World War II, many Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps, as a result of growing hostility towards the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also during the war, San Jose was site of anti-Mexican riots, following the famous L.A. “zoot suit riots” between white sailors and Mexican residents. World War II caused a shift in the local economy, from mostly agriculture-based activities towards industrial manufacturing.

During the 1950s and the 1960s, San Jose annexed several neighboring areas, which opened to space for suburban sprawl of the city. The fact that the city is located within the Silicon Valley triggered more growth and development, despite the efforts to keep the urban boundaries intact.

Geogaphy and Climate

San Jose is located between the Calaveras Fault and the San Andreas Fault. The area is seismically very active and the city gets one to two moderate earthquakes per year. The city lies close to the Pacific Ocean and its northern border touches the San Francisco Bay. The Guadalupe River runs through the northern section of the city and flows into the Bay at Alviso. The city can be divided into four distinct valleys - Almaden Valley to the southwest, named after mercury mines used during the California Gold Rush; Evergreen Valley lies to the southeast and is mostly hilly; Santa Clara Valley, which is flat and Coyote Valley, the rural area at the southernmost part of the city.

San Jose has a subtropical Mediterranean climate, typical for the Bay Area. It has more than 300 days of sunshine and, unlike the rest of the Bay Area, it is relatively dry, even semi-arid.

City Areas and Population

The city can generally be divided into Downtown, Central, West, North, East and South San Jose. Some of the well-known neighborhoods and communities in San Jose include Japantown, Downtown San Jose, Rose Garden, Sunol-Midtown, Burbank, Alviso, Winchester, Almaden Valley, Willow Glen, Santa Teresa, Blossom Valley, Cambrian and Edenvale.

San Jose has 971,372 inhabitants as of 2012. At the last official survey, the 2010 U.S. census, the racial makeup of the city was 33.2% Hispanic or Latino, 31.7% Asian, 28.7% non-Hispanic White, 2.9% non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 0.2% Native American, 2.7% biracial and 0.2% some other race.

The city is home to a very large percentage of foreign-born residents. These are a combination of high-tech workers from Asia, immigrants from Eastern Europe and poorer immigrants from Latin America, many of whom are not legal residents of the USA. San Jose also has the largest Vietnamese population outside Vietnam.


San Jose is the largest city in the Silicon Valley, an area known for very high concentration of high-tech, communications, engineering and microprocessor companies. The period known as the “tech bubble” or “dot com bubble” from 1995 to 2000 lead to extraordinary economic growth in San Jose and in the rest of the Silicon Valley, resulting in historic peaks in employment, housing, population but also in traffic congestion. After the “bubble” burst in 2000, the growth slowed down but it did not hurt the economy as much as it would have been expected. San Jose currently has the highest income in the USA for cities with 280,000 or more inhabitants.

Some of the largest companies with headquarters in San Jose include Adobe, Altera, Cisco Systems, eBay, Cadence Design Systems, Lee’s Sandwiches, Sanmina-SCI, Brocade Communications Systems and Xilinx. In addition, it has facilities of major companies such as IBM, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Ericsson, Becton Dickinson and KLA Tencor.

Landmarks and Culture

Landmarks and sites of interest in San Jose include History Park, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose City Hall, Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose Flea Market, Japantown, De Anza Hotel, San Jose Municipal Stadium, Spartan Stadium and Lick Observatory.

Notable museums in the city include Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum and The Tech Museum of Innovation. The city is home to Opera San Jose, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Symphony Silicon Valley and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Important annual events in San Jose include the Cinequest Film Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, hosted in San Francisco, San Jose and Berkeley.

Education in San Jose

The largest institution of higher education in San Jose is the San Jose State University, founded in 1862. Other important institutions include National Hispanic University, California University of Management and Technology, Lincoln Law School of San Jose, University of Silicon Valley Law School, as well as a number of community colleges.


San Jose is served by the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County, although the residents of San Jose also use the much bigger San Francisco International Airport. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, Caltrain, ACE and a local light-rail system operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.


The city has only one major league professional sports team - the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.

Statistical data for the San Jose city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
404,43742.75 %
Black or African American alone
30,2423.20 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8,2970.88 %
Asian alone
303,13832.05 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4,0170.42 %
Some Other Race alone
148,74915.72 %
Two or More races
47,0624.98 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
632,30666.84 %
Hispanic or Latino
313,63633.16 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
632,30666.84 %
White alone
271,38242.92 %
Black or African American alone
27,5084.35 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,2550.36 %
Asian alone
300,02247.45 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
3,4920.55 %
Some Other Race alone
1,8200.29 %
Two or More races
25,8274.08 %
Hispanic or Latino
313,63633.16 %
White alone
133,05542.42 %
Black or African American alone
2,7340.87 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6,0421.93 %
Asian alone
3,1160.99 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
5250.17 %
Some Other Race alone
146,92946.85 %
Two or More races
21,2356.77 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
219,50972.84 %
Husband-wife family
162,81974.17 %
Other family
56,69025.83 %
Male householder, no wife present
18,70232.99 %
Female householder, no husband present
37,98867.01 %
Nonfamily households
81,85727.16 %
Householder living alone
59,38572.55 %
Householder not living alone
22,47227.45 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the San Jose city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the San Jose city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the San Jose city center


  • American Medical Response West [1.78 mi] [2.86 km]
  • San Jose Fire Department Station 11 [3.08 mi] [4.96 km]
  • Sequoia Lecture Hall [3.2 mi] [5.14 km]
  • San Jose Fire Department Station 26 [1.77 mi] [2.84 km]
  • San Jose Fire Department Station 24 [1.55 mi] [2.49 km]


  • Evergreen Canal [1.44 mi] [2.32 km]


  • Oak Hill Memorial Park [2.25 mi] [3.63 km]


  • Seven Trees Census Designated Place [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • San Jose Division [3.69 mi] [5.93 km]


  • Second Church of San Jose [3.92 mi] [6.31 km]


  • San Juan Bautista [3.7 mi] [5.96 km]
  • Yerba Buena [2.44 mi] [3.92 km]
  • City of San Jose [0.1 mi] [0.17 km]
  • Pueblo Lot Number Six [2.26 mi] [3.64 km]


  • Exit 380 [1.21 mi] [1.95 km]
  • Exit 381 [0.53 mi] [0.85 km]
  • Exit 382 [0.47 mi] [0.76 km]


  • Capitol Drive-In [1.63 mi] [2.62 km]
  • Willow Glen Shopping Center [3.31 mi] [5.33 km]


  • Hillsdale Mine [2.14 mi] [3.45 km]


  • Lincoln Glen Park [3.87 mi] [6.22 km]
  • River Glen Park [3.78 mi] [6.08 km]

Populated Place

  • Seven Trees [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]
  • Lick [1.6 mi] [2.58 km]
  • Willow Glen [3.95 mi] [6.36 km]
  • Evergreen [2.15 mi] [3.47 km]


  • Evergreen Elementary School [4.03 mi] [6.48 km]
  • Silver Oak Elementary School [3.24 mi] [5.21 km]
  • Seven Trees Elementary School [1.15 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Canoas Elementary School [3.28 mi] [5.27 km]
  • G W Hellyer Elementary School [0.81 mi] [1.31 km]
  • Liberty Baptist School [1.92 mi] [3.09 km]
  • George V LeyVa Middle School [2.18 mi] [3.5 km]
  • Los Arboles Elementary School [0.97 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Achiever Christian School [3.13 mi] [5.03 km]
  • Captain James M Dahl Elementary School [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Sylvandale Junior High School [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Holly Oak Elementary School [2.84 mi] [4.57 km]
  • Millbrook Elementary School [3.47 mi] [5.59 km]
  • Lincoln Glen School [3.84 mi] [6.19 km]
  • Alternative Placement Academy Community Day School [3.04 mi] [4.89 km]
  • Cathedral of Faith Learning Center [3.06 mi] [4.93 km]
  • Andrew P Hill High School [0.69 mi] [1.11 km]
  • Quimby Oak Middle School [3.55 mi] [5.72 km]
  • Evergreen Valley High School [3.91 mi] [6.29 km]
  • Ramblewood Elementary School [0.43 mi] [0.7 km]
  • James F Smith Elementary School [1.77 mi] [2.84 km]
  • East Valley Christian School [2.8 mi] [4.51 km]
  • Norwood Creek Elementary School [3.31 mi] [5.33 km]
  • Genesis High School [3.12 mi] [5.01 km]
  • Dove Hill Elementary School [0.59 mi] [0.95 km]
  • San Jose Evergreen Community College [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Evergreen Valley College [3.14 mi] [5.05 km]
  • Little Scholars Academy [0.78 mi] [1.26 km]
  • Hammer Montessori School at Galarza [3.64 mi] [5.87 km]
  • Laurelwood Elementary School [2.25 mi] [3.61 km]
  • San Jose Conservation Corps Charter School [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Galarza Elementary School [3.65 mi] [5.88 km]
  • Cedar Grove Elementary School [3.14 mi] [5.05 km]
  • Silver Creek High School [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Apollo High School [0.84 mi] [1.35 km]
  • Tower Academy [0.67 mi] [1.07 km]
  • Franklin Elementary School [1.85 mi] [2.97 km]
  • Cadwallader Elementary School [1.79 mi] [2.88 km]
  • Windmill Springs Elementary School [0.74 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Stonegate Elementary School [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Valle Vista Elementary School [3.34 mi] [5.37 km]
  • Ocala Middle School [2.19 mi] [3.52 km]


  • Canoas Creek [3.47 mi] [5.59 km]
  • Yerba Buena Creek [2.66 mi] [4.27 km]
  • Fowler Creek [2.52 mi] [4.05 km]


  • Montgomery Hill [3.69 mi] [5.94 km]


  • KLBS-AM (San Jose) [2.56 mi] [4.13 km]
  • KLOK-AM (San Jose) [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]

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