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 998,537 people and 202 constituent neighborhoods, San Jose is the third largest community in California.
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, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Jose who work in office and administrative support (12.34%), management occupations (11.23%) and sales jobs (10.36%).
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.
One of the nice things about San Jose is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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: 81.00% 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 Information and Demographics
The education level of San Jose citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.24% of adults in San Jose have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in San Jose in 2010 was $33,807, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,228 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 White, followed by Asian. 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 33.16% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Jose include German, Italian, Irish and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of San Jose’s cultural character, accounting for 38.23% of the city’s population.
The languages spoken by people in San Jose are also diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in San Jose is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog.
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