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San Jose HVAC contractor Be In Comfort offers homeowners in San Jose the following HVAC repair, installation, replacement, and maintenance services:

San Jose Air Conditioning Services

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San Jose Furnace Services

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San Jose Heat Pump Service

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Heat pumps keep homeowners warm during the cold months and cool during the hot months. Because of it's dual use design, it can wear down over time.

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San Jose Water Heater Services

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San Jose HVAC Zoning Services

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San Jose Smart Thermostats

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Smart thermostats let you control and monitor the temperature of your home using any smart device.

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You can also reduce your energy costs.

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About San Jose California

San Jose is the most populous city in Northern California, both by area and population. It is home to 1,013,240 people, making it the third most populous city in California after San Diego and Los Angeles.

San Jose is located on the southern shores of San Francisco Bay in Santa Clara County. The size of San Jose is just over 179 square miles. Santa Clara County's county seat is San Jose, which is also the largest county in California. It is also one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. San Jose is the principal component of the San Jose Metropolitan Statistical Area. It has an estimated population of approximately 2 million people in 2018. It is the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose-San Francisco Combined Statistical Areas, which have 7.7 million and 8.7 millions respectively.

San Jose is known for being a hub of innovation due to its high quality of life, Mediterranean climate and affluence. The San Jose metropolitan area had the highest proportion of million-dollar homes (or more) in the United States as of June 2021. Because of its connection to Silicon Valley, the growing high-tech industry, Mayor Tom McEnery adopted the slogan "Capital of Silicon Valley" for the city in 1988. According to the Brookings Institution, one of the richest cities in the world is San Jose. San Jose Metropolitan Area is home to the highest number of millionaires and billionaires in America per capita.

According to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Study 2017, San Jose is the fifth-most expensive and most expensive city in America. It also has the highest median home price at $1,085,000. Broadcom, Acer and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are just a few of the major global tech companies that have their headquarters in San Jose. With a GDP of $1.03 Trillion, the CSA San Jose shared with San Francisco was the third-largest city economy in the country. This CSA, which has a population of more than 500 people, had the highest per capita GDP in the U.S. in 2018, with $106,757.

Early Days

The area surrounding San Jose was home to the Tamien nation, an Ohlone tribe. San Jose was established as the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe on November 29, 1777. This was the first California city to be founded. After the Mexican War of Independence, it became part of Mexico in 1821. The territory was ceded by the United States to California in 1848, following the American Conquest of California in the Mexican-American War. Two years after California became a state, San Jose was named the first capital of the state. 


After World War II, San Jose saw an economic boom. There was rapid population growth, and the aggressive annexation and reorganization of communities and cities nearby. Rapid growth in high-tech and electronic industries helped accelerate the transformation from an agricultural center to an urbanized metro area. According to the 1990 U.S. Census, San Jose was officially the most populous northern California city after San Francisco. In the 1990s San Jose was the center of the high-tech and internet industries worldwide, making it California’s fastest-growing economy.


San Jose was named after el Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, Spanish for "The Town of Saint Joseph on the Guadalupe") which is the city's predecessor. It eventually became the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Print publications used "San Jose" in the 19th century to spell the city and the eponymous township. The United States Board on Geographic Names ruled on December 11, 1943 that San Jose should be called the city. This was based on both local usage and formal incorporation.

Some residents and officials argued for the return to the original spelling of San Jose in the 1960s and 1970s. This was to honor the Mexican origins and Mexican-American population. Clyde Arbuckle, a historian, designed a flag for the city that featured prominently the inscription "SANJOSE', CALIFORNIA" on June 2, 1969. San Jose State College adopted the name "San Jose" for the city on June 16, 1970. The San Jose City Council approved Catherine Linquist's proposal to rename San Jose. However, it reversed its decision a week later due to pressure from residents who were concerned about the high cost of changing typewriters and other documents. The city council adopted the name "San Jose" on its seal, official stationery and department names, as well as the title of the city's office titles. The 1965 city charter did not include an accent mark. However, later editions added it.

The convention dictates that San Jose spelling is used only when the name of the city is written in both upper- and lowercase letters. It is not used when the name of the city is written in only uppercase letters as in the logo. Accents are used to reflect the Spanish name. It was common in Spanish to drop accents in all capital letters. Although San Jose can be written with or without an acute accent over the "e", official city guidelines state that San Jose should be spelled with the accent. They also provide narrow exceptions such as URLs that use all-capital letters and when the name is used in social media where the diacritical mark is not rendered properly. San Jose may also be part of another business's proper name, such the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.


Pre-Columbian Period

Since around 4,000 BC, the Santa Clara Valley has been home of the Tamyen people. The Tamyen used the Tamyen language, which belonged to the Ohlone language group. The Spanish colonization of California saw the majority of Tamyen move to Mission Santa Clara de Asis or Mission San Jose.

Spanish Period

California was declared part of the Spanish Empire when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, an explorer, charted the Californian coast. California and Baja California were governed together during this period as the Province of the California (Spanish Provincia de las California). The Californias were largely neglected by the Viceroyalty New Spain in Mexico City for nearly 200 years. With the Portola Expedition, Spanish authorities finally began to survey Northern California in 1769.

The Californias were added to the Captaincy General Provincias Internas in 1776. This large administrative division was created by Jose de Galvez (Spanish Minister of the Indies), in order for greater autonomy for the Spanish Empire’s borderlands, which are largely ungoverned and lightly populated. Juan Bautista de Anza, King Carlos III, approved an expedition to the San Francisco Bay Area to determine the locations for the two new settlements and the accompanying mission. He first chose San Francisco as the location for Mission San Francisco de Asis and the Royal Presidio of San Francisco. De Anza, who was returning to Mexico from San Francisco in San Francisco, chose Santa Clara Valley as a site for a civilian settlement. He settled at San Jose on the Guadalupe River's eastern bank and Mission Santa Clara de Asis on its western bank.

On November 29, 1777, San Jose was established as California's first civil settlement. It was called the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, by Jose Joaquin Moraga. This was under orders from Antonio Maria de Bucareli y Ursua Viceroy of New Spain. San Jose was a strategic settlement on El Camino Real that connected the military fortifications at Monterey Presidio (and San Francisco Presidio) as well as the California mission system. Due to severe flooding in the pueblo in 1791, San Jose's settlement moved approximately one mile south. It was centered around the Pueblo Plaza, which is now the Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Due to increasing population in the northern Californias, Diego de Borica (Governor of the Californias), split the province in two. Alta California (Upper California) would become a U.S. State, while Baja California (Lower California) would become two Mexican states.

Mexican Period

Antonio Maria Pico was twice Alcalde de San Jose (mayor), and was a signer for the Californian Constitution. He represented San Jose at Monterey Constitutional Convention in 1849.

After Mexico's War of Independence, San Jose was made a part of Mexico's First Mexican Empire in 1821. In 1824, it became part of Mexico's First Mexican Republic. Mexico, with its newly gained independence and the victory of the republican movement set out to reduce the Catholic Church's power in Alta California, secularizing the California missions by 1833.

Mexico's government launched an initiative in 1824 to encourage settlement and economic activity in California's sparsely populated areas. It was open to both Mexican and foreign citizens. There were 38 rancho land grants in Santa Clara Valley between 1833-1845. 15 of these were within the modern-day San Jose borders. Numerous historical figures, including James A. Forbes (founder of Los Gatos), Antonio Sunol (granted Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara), Jose Maria Alviso (granted Rancho Los Coches), Jose Maria Alviso (granted Rancho Milpitas), and Jose Maria Alviso (granted Rancho Milpitas), were among the Santa Valley rancho land grants.

San Jose had a population of 700 in 1835. It was home to 40 immigrants, mostly Americans and Englishmen. The pueblo's population had risen to 900 by 1845, largely due to American immigration. California and San Jose saw rapid growth in foreign settlement, which brought with it expanding economic opportunities and a new culture.

Native Californios expressed concern about the Anglo-American community's overtaking of California society in 1846. Captain Thomas Fallon led 19 volunteers from Santa Cruz to San Jose during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt rebellion. His forces were easily captured. On July 14, 1846, Mexico's rule in Alta California was ended by the raising of the California Republic flag.

American Period

The Conquest of California was completed by the United States at the close of the Mexican-American War. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ceded California to America as part of the Mexican Cession in 1848. San Jose was made the capital of the unorganized territory in California on December 15, 1849. San Jose was the first capital of the state after California's admission to the Union on September 9,1850.

San Jose was incorporated on March 27, 1850. It was incorporated on the same date as San Diego, Benicia and Benicia. Together they were California's first incorporated cities. Josiah Belden was the first mayor of the city. He had arrived in California in 1842 as part the Bartleson Party, and had traveled the California Trail with the Bartleson Party. San Jose was briefly California’s first capital. Legislators met there from 1849-1851. Monterey was the capital in the span of Spanish California and Mexican California. The original capitol is no longer in existence. Instead, the Plaza de Cesar Chavez lies here. It has two historical markers that indicate where California's first state legislature met.

From 1900 to 1910, San Jose was a hub for innovation, pioneering inventions, and impact in lighter-than air and heavier-than air flight. John Montgomery and his colleagues were the principal leaders of these activities. In his honour, the City of San Jose established Montgomery Park. During this period, San Jose also became a center of innovation for the mechanization/industrialization of agricultural and food processing equipment.

San Jose was also affected by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, although not as badly as San Francisco. After the Agnews Asylum's walls and roof collapsed and San Jose High School’s three-story stone and brick building was also damaged, over 100 people died. It was a turbulent time during World War II. Japanese Americans, mainly from Japantown, were sent to internment camp. Norman Mineta was the future mayor. Anti-Mexican violence erupted during 1943, following the Los Angeles Zoot Suit Riots. The Census Bureau in 1940 reported that San Jose had a population of 98% white.

The city's economy changed from agriculture (the Del Monte Cannery was the biggest employer, but it closed in 1999), to industrial manufacturing when the United States War Department contracted the Food Machinery Corporation (later FMC Corporation) to build 1,000 Landing Vehicle Tracked. FMC (later United Defense and now BAE Systems) remained a defense contractor after World War II. The San Jose facilities were used to design and manufacture military platforms, such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier.

IBM opened its first West Coast operation in San Jose in 1943. It had a downtown punch card plant and opened an IBM Research laboratory in 1952. Reynold Johnson and his team created direct access storage for computers. They also invented the RAMAC 305, and the hard drive drive. This was the beginning of the technological side to San Jose's economic growth.

A. P. "Dutch," Hamann, the City Manager, led major growth campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s. Alviso and Cambrian Park were annexed by the city, which provided large areas of land for suburbanization. Janet Gray Hayes and Norman Mineta, mayors of the city, fought for an anti-growth response to rapid development in the 1970s. Despite the establishment of an urban growth boundary and development fees and incorporations of Campbell, Cupertino and other cities, development was not slowed but directed to already-incorporated areas.

San Jose's location in Silicon Valley spurred further economic growth. According to the 1990 U.S. Census, San Jose was the most populous Bay Area city. This was the reason for the greatest increase in housing costs, 936 percent between 1976 and 2001. The attempts to increase density continued well into the 1990s, when an updated 1974 urban plan preserved the urban growth limits and voters rejected a ballot initiative to relax restrictions on development in the foothills. A political tendency toward Smart Growth planning principles has resulted in sixty percent of San Jose's housing being built since 1980 and more than three quarters of San Jose's housing constructed since 2000 to be multifamily.


San Jose can be found at 37deg20’10'’N 121deg53’26’’W. San Jose is found in the Santa Clara Valley in the northern part of Northern California's Bay Area. San Jose's northernmost section touches San Francisco Bay at Alviso. However, most of the city is far from the bayshore. The total area of the city is 180.0 sq mi according to the United States Census Bureau. This makes it the fourth-largest California city by land area (after Los Angeles and San Diego).

San Jose is located between the San Andreas Fault and the Calaveras Fault. This fault was the source of 1989 Loma-Prieta earthquake. On average, moderate earthquakes shake San Jose one to two times per year. These earthquakes originate east of San Jose on the creeping Calaveras Fault. This fault is a major source for earthquake activity in Northern California. At 1:15 PM local time on April 14, 1984, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit near Mount Hamilton in San Jose along the Calaveras Fault. Many buildings were damaged in San Jose by the 1906 earthquake. In 1839, 1851 and 1858, significant earthquakes struck the city in 1864, 1865. 1868, 1869, 1868, 1891, and 1869. Some damage was caused by the 1957 Daly City Earthquake. Some parts of the city were also damaged by the 1989 Loma-Prieta earthquake.


The City Manager from 1950-1969, Dutch Hamann, was responsible for San Jose's expansion. His administration saw the creation of "Dutch’s Panzer Division", a staff that was referred to as "Dutch’s Panzer Division". The city annexed 1,389 properties, increasing the size of the city to 17 square miles. It also absorbed the above-mentioned communities, making them "neighborhoods."

Revenue came mainly from sales taxes. Hamann would decide where the major shopping areas were, then annexe narrow bands of land along major roads leading to them, pushing tentacles through the Santa Clara Valley, which in turn would block the expansion of nearby communities.

It was stated that the City Council would vote according Hamann's approval during his reign. The State of California established Local Agency Formation Commissions throughout the state in 1963 to keep order amid San Jose's rapid growth. As local communities bonded to elect their own candidates and ended Hamann's control, the political forces against growth grew. Although the task was not done, it was a start to a new trend. The city had established its sphere in all directions. Sometimes it was chaotically, leaving pockets unincorporated to be taken over by the giant, sometimes at the protest of residents.

Monterey Road is one of the major thoroughfares in the city. Other important thoroughfares include the Stevens Creek Boulevard/San Carlos Street Corridor, Santa Clara Street/Alum Rock Avenue Corridor, Almaden Expressway and Capitol Expressway as well as 1st Street (San Jose).


Santa Clara Valley enjoys a Mediterranean climate with an average of 301 sunny days.

Guadalupe River flows from the Santa Cruz Mountains, which separate the South Bay and the Pacific Coast. It then flows north through San Jose, before ending at the San Francisco Bay. The Almaden Valley neighborhood is located along the southern end of the river. It was named after the mercury mines that produced the gold from quartz during California's Gold Rush. Also, the area was home to the detonators and mercury blasting caps used by the U.S military between 1870 and 1945. Coyote creek flows east of the Guadalupe River to south San Francisco Bay. It originates near Henry W. Coe State Park on Mount Sizer and the surrounding hills of the Diablo Range, northeastern of Morgan Hill.

San Jose's lowest point is at 13 feet below sea level at San Francisco Bay in Alviso. The highest point is 2,125 feet. San Jose has taken many steps to reduce light pollution. This includes replacing street lamps with sodium sodium lamps, and all outdoor lighting in private developments, as well as replacing street lamps. The asteroid 6216 San Jose was given its name to recognize the city's efforts.

There are four valleys within San Jose. They are the Almaden Valley on the southwest edge of the city, Evergreen Valley to its southeast, and Santa Clara Valley which contains the flat main urban area of the South Bay. The rural Coyote Valley is located at the city's extreme south fringe.


San Jose has, like the rest of the Bay Area's, a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. It experiences warm to dry, hot summers, and mild to cold, wet winters. San Jose experiences an average of 301 sunny days and an annual average temperature of 60.5 degrees F. It is located inland and is surrounded by three sides of mountains. However, it does not face the Pacific Ocean as San Francisco. The city has a semi-arid climate because it is less exposed to rain than other areas of the Bay Area. It receives about three times the amount of rainfall.

San Jose, like most of the Bay Area's microclimates, is composed of many. Due to the Santa Cruz Mountains' more visible rain shadow, Downtown San Jose receives the most rainfall. South San Jose, however, is only 10 miles away and experiences slightly more severe temperatures and rainfall. San Jose is prone to a hot steppe climate.

Monthly average temperatures range from 50 degrees in December and January to 70 degrees in July and August. San Jose's highest recorded temperature was 109 degrees F on June 14, 2000. The lowest was 19 degrees on December 22-23 1990. There are on average 2.7 mornings each year when the temperature drops below freezing; sixteen afternoons in which the high is above 90 degrees or 32.2 degrees C. Although the diurnal temperature variations are much greater than those along the coast and in San Francisco, they are still only a fraction of what can be seen in the Central Valley.

Rain year precipitation ranged between 4.83 and June 1877, to 30.30 between July 18,89 and June 1805, although the range at the current site is between 5.77 in "rainy year" 1975-76 and 30.25in in "rainy year" 1982-83. In January 1911, 12.38 inches of precipitation was recorded. On January 30, 1968, the maximum 24-hour rainfall was 3.60 inches. An unstable humid air mass from the south caused a series of strong thunderstorms that triggered numerous fires in the Bay Area. This resulted in 300+ lightning strikes in the hills surrounding the event. It took nearly five months to control the CZU lightning complex fires. Nearly 1500 buildings were also destroyed and 86,000 acres burned.

Sometimes snow falls to as low as 4,000 feet above sea level. Traffic on State Route 17 towards Santa Cruz will be clogged by snow. San Jose is not prone to snowfall. The last time snow fell in the city was February 5, 1976. Many residents saw up to 3 inches on their roofs and cars. Officially, the observation station measured just 0.5 inches of snow.

Districts and Neighborhoods

The city is divided into the following areas: Central San Jose (centered around Downtown San Jose), West San Jose and North San Jose. East San Jose is also included. South San Jose is not. Many of San Jose's neighborhoods and districts were once unincorporated or separated municipalities, which were later annexed to the city.

Other than the ones mentioned, there are many well-known communities in San Jose such as Japantown, Rose Garden and Midtown San Jose. The Washington-Guadalupe neighborhood is located immediately south of San Jose's SoFA District. This neighborhood is home to a Hispanic community centered around Willow Street.


San Jose has approximately 15,950 acres parkland within its city limits. This includes a portion of the vast Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Alum Rock Park was established in 1872 and is the city's oldest park. The Trust for Public Land, an organization dedicated to land conservation, placed San Jose in the top 11th spot among 50 largest U.S. cities for its 2013 ParkScore score.

Almaden Quicksilver County Park is 4,147 acres of land that was once used for mercury mining in South San Jose. It is maintained and operated by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.

Alum Rock Park is 718 acres located in East San Jose. It is the oldest municipal park in California, and also one of the largest in the United States.

Children's Discovery Museum has an outdoor park-like setting that features the largest permanent Monopoly game in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Monopoly in the Park, a 501(c),3 non-profit organization, is responsible for the caretakers of this attraction.

Circle of Palms Plaza is a ring of palms around a California state seal. It also marks the historic site of the first state capital.

Emma Prusch Farm Park, 43.5 acres in East San Jose. Emma Prusch donated the land to show the valley's agricultural history. It includes a 4-H barn, community gardens, rare-fruit orchards, demonstration gardens and picnic areas.

Field Sports Park is Santa Clara County's sole publicly-owned firing range. It is located in south San Jose

Iris Chang Park is located in North San Jose and is dedicated to Iris ShunRu Chang, the author of The Rape of Nanking, and a San Jose resident.

Kelley Park includes a variety of facilities, such as Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden (Kelley Park), History Park and the Portuguese Historical Museum within its history park

Martial Cottle Park is a former agricultural farm in South San Jose. Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department operates the park.

Oak Hill Memorial Park is California's oldest and most revered secular cemetery

Overfelt Gardens, which includes the Chinese Cultural Garden

Plaza de Cesar Chavez is a small park in Downtown that hosts outdoor concerts as well as the Christmas in the Park show.

Raging Waters is a water park that features water slides and other attractions. This is located in Lake Cunningham Park

Rosicrucian Park is almost a whole block in the Rose Garden Neighborhood. The Park features Moorish and Egyptian architecture, set among rose gardens, statuary and fountains. It also includes the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium as well as the Research Library, Peace Garden and Visitors Center.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is a 5+1/2 acre park located in the Rose Garden neighborhood. It contains over 4,000 rosebushes.


Walk Score's 2011 study ranked San Jose as the 19th most walkable city among fifty largest American cities.

San Jose has a trail network that spans 60 miles of active and recreational transportation trails. These are the major trails within the network:

  • Los Alamitos Creek Trail
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail
  • Coyote Canyon Trail
  • Penitencia Creek Trail
  • Silver Creek Valley Trail
  • Guadalupe River Trail

Prevention Magazine has named this network of trails the largest in the country. It is connected to many trails in nearby jurisdictions, as well as rural trails in open spaces and foothills. Many of the trails within the network are part of the National Recreation Trail.


Early documents from the 18th century record the presence of migrating salmon in Rio Guadalupe. The Guadalupe River is home to both steelhead (Oncorhynchus mekiss), and King salmon. San Jose is the most southern major U.S. city known to have salmon spawning runs. Other cities include Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California. In the 1990s, up to 1,000 Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus mykissa) were seen swimming up the Guadalupe River. However, these runs have almost vanished since they are now blocked by impassable culverts and weirs as well as wide, flat, concrete-paved channels that have been installed by Santa Clara Valley Water District. A few Chinook salmon were caught spawning beneath the Julian Street bridge in 2011.

Roger Castillo (Conservationist) discovered the remains of a mammoth along the Guadalupe River banks in 2005. He also found that a herd tule elk, Cervus canadensis, had recolonized hills in south San Jose east from Highway 101 in the early part of 2019.

Coyote Valley, located at the southern border of San Jose is a corridor that allows wildlife migration between the Santa Cruz Mountains (and the Diablo Range) to occur.

Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau published its 2014 population estimates in 2014. San Jose, with a population total of 1,015,785, became the 11th U.S. metropolis to reach the 1,000,000 mark. It is also the 10th most populous.

According to the 2000 census, the city had 894,943 residents, 276,598 households, 203,576 families, and 276,598 households. 

The population density was 5,117.9 per square mile. At an average density 1,611.8 per square meter, there were 281,841 housing units. There were 276 598 households with children under 18 years old. 56.0% of these were married couples, 11.7% were female householders with no husband, and 26.4% were not families. 18.4% of all households consisted of individuals and 4.9% were made up of someone 65 years or older. The average household size was 3.20, and the average family size 3.62.

The city's age distribution shows that 26.4% of residents are under the age 18, 9.9% between 18-24, 35.4% between 25-44, 20.0% between 45-64, and 8.3% among those 65 years or older. The median age was 33. There were 103.3 males for every 100 females. There were 102.5 males for every 100 females over 18 years old.

A 2007 estimate showed that the median income of a household in the city was $76,963 per year, making it the most expensive U.S. city with over a quarter-million inhabitants. A family's median income was $86,822. The median income for a family was $86,822. Males earned $49,347 while females earned $36,936. The city's per capita income was $26,697. The poverty line was reached by 6.0% of households and 8.8% population. This includes 10.3% of children under 18 years old and 7.4% of people 65 and older.


According to 2004 data, the cost of living in San Jose is among the highest in California as well as the country. The main reason for high living costs is housing costs. However, all areas that are tracked by the ACCRA Cost of Living Index have higher costs than the national average. With over 500,000 inhabitants, the city's residents have the highest disposable income in the United States.

San Jose is an American Foreign-Trade Zone. In 1974, the U.S. Federal Government granted San Jose its Foreign Trade Zone grant. This made it the 18th U.S. foreign-trade zone. The grant gives the City of San Jose jurisdiction to manage and oversee foreign trade in Santa Clara County (Monterey County), Monterey County (San Benito County), Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County and the southern portions of San Mateo County.

San Jose is home to many companies employing over 1,000 people, such as Adobe, Altera, Brocade Communication Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, Cisco Systems, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Roku, Lockheed Martin, Nippon Sheet Glass, Qualcomm, Qualcomm, Qualcomm, Qualcomm, AF Media Group San Jose is the home of Samsung Semiconductor's North American headquarters. The new Samsung campus, which opened in 2015, will house approximately 2000 employees.

Align Technology, Align Technology and Bloom Energy are some of the other large companies based out of San Jose. Santa Clara County and San Jose State University are among the largest government employers. Acer's United States Division has its headquarters in San Jose. Netcom was headquartered in San Jose before it closed.

Cupertino's Apple Inc. bought a 40-acre San Jose site on July 31, 2015. This bare-land site will become a campus and office for up to 16,000 people. The site was purchased by Apple for $138.2million. Five Mile Capital Partners from Connecticut paid $40 million to purchase the site in 2010. Experts in real estate predict that other tech companies located in Silicon Valley, such as Five Mile Capital Partners, will follow Apple's lead and purchase land or property in San Jose.

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is a result of the high concentration of high-tech engineering, computer and microprocessor businesses in San Jose. The local economy is boosted by thousands of computer science and engineering graduates every year from area schools like the University of California at Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and San Francisco State University.

San Jose is home to more U.S. Patents than any other place. The United States Patent and Trademark Office established a satellite office in San Jose on October 15, 2015. This office will serve Silicon Valley and other parts of the Western United States. 35% of all U.S. venture capital funds are invested in Silicon Valley and San Jose companies. Google had begun planning for the "biggest Silicon Valley tech campus" in San Jose by April 2018.

The tech bubble saw high economic growth, which caused housing prices and traffic congestion to reach their peak in the late 1990s. Employment and congestion decreased slightly as the economy slowed in the 2000s. As the economy improved, the traffic conditions on major highways began to worsen again in the mid 2000s. In 2006, San Jose had 405,000 jobs in its city limits and a 4.6% unemployment rate. San Jose is home to more than 280,000 residents, making it the US's most populated city.

San Jose installed a public wireless connection within the downtown area on March 14, 2013. In the entire city, wireless access points were placed at outdoor light posts.


Greater Bay Area media serves San Jose. San Jose is served by the Mercury News, El Observador, San Jose Business Journal, and the Weekly Metro Silicon Valley. KNTV 11, the Bay Area's NBC O&O (NBC 11), is based in San Jose. The Bay Area has 34 television stations, 25 AM radio stations and 55 FM radio stations.

Charles David Herrold, an electronics teacher in San Jose, built a radio station that broadcasts the human voice on April 19, 1909. "San Jose Calling", which was called letters FN and later FQW, was the first radio station to offer scheduled programming that was aimed at a broad audience. In 1910, the station was the first to broadcast music. Sybil Herrold, Herrold's wife, became the first female "disk jockey", in 1912. After changing hands several times, the station eventually became KCBS San Francisco. KCBS is technically the oldest radio station in America, and it celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009 with much celebration.

Top Employers

  • Cisco Systems
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Sanmina
  • HGST
  • SK hynix America
  • Adobe
  • PayPal
  • 24/7
  • Broadcom
  • eBay


The downtown area is located in the vicinity of Mineta San Jose International Airport. This is also evident in the panoramic. There is a height limit on buildings in the downtown area. It is below the final approach corridor to airport. Local ordinances determine the height limit. They are determined by the runway's distance and the slope as defined by Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The height limit for core downtown buildings is 300 feet, but they can be higher farther away from the airport.

The city's architectural style has come under fire in recent decades. Residents have complained that San Jose lacks appealing architectural styles. The lack of architectural beauty can be attributed to the redevelopment of downtown San Jose in the 1950s, when whole blocks of historic residential and commercial structures were demolished. The exceptions are the Downtown Historic District and the Hotel De Anza. Both of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of their historical and architectural significance.

Municipal buildings have been more open to experimenting with different architectural styles than most private businesses. Children's Discovery Museum, Tech Museum of Innovation and San Jose Repertory Theater have all experimented with unusual exteriors and bold colors. Richard Meier and Partners designed the new City Hall in 2005. It is an important addition to the growing number of municipal building projects.

There are many fine examples of architecture in San Jose. There are many examples of late 19th-century and early 20th-century styles in San Jose neighborhoods like Hanchett Park and Naglee Park, Rose Garden and Willow Glen (including Palm Haven).

There are many styles to choose from: Mediterranean Revival architecture; Spanish Colonial architecture; Neoclassical architecture; Craftsman, Mission Revival; Prairie style Victorian; Queen Anne style Victorian.

Famous architects include Frank Delos Wolfe and Julia Morgan.

Visual Arts

The city's public art scene is a growing attraction. The city was the first to establish a public art ordinance that would apply at 2% to capital improvement project budgets. There are a number of public art projects in downtown, as well as growing collections in nearby neighborhoods, such libraries, parks, fire stations, and other public spaces.

The city sponsored SharkByte in 2001. This exhibit featured decorated sharks that were based on San Jose Sharks' mascot. It was modeled after Chicago’s cow-decorated display. Local artists displayed large models of sharks in creative, clever and colorful ways at numerous locations throughout the city for several months. The sharks were then sold to charity.

Adobe Systems in 2006 commissioned an installation called San Jose Semaphore, by Ben Rubin. It was located at the top of their headquarters building. Semaphore consists of four LED discs that "rotate" to transmit messages. It was a mystery for many years until August 2007, when it was finally deciphered. An audio track is added to the visual art installation. It was transmitted from the building via a low-power AM radio station. The audio track gives clues that can be used to decode the message being sent.

San Jose still has many murals from the Chicano history tradition Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. These murals are used as public textbooks.

Although they were intended to be permanent monuments to city's mission town heritage, many murals have been covered up, including Mural de La Raza on the Story Rd side of a shoe shop and Mexicatlan at Sunset and Alum Rock. Two of the three murals created by Gustavo Bernal Navarro in Mexico have also disappeared. La Medicina y la Comunidad, the third mural at Gardner Clinic on East Virginia Street depicts traditional and modern healers.

Chicano history murals that survived include Nuestra Senatora de Guadelupe at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the 1970s/80s Virgen de Guadelupe Huelga bird at Cal Foods east of Downtown. Guadalajara Restaurant has the 1986 Guadalajara Market No. 2 by Edward Earl Tarver III, and a 2013 work of Jesus Rodriguez and Empire 7 La Gran Culture Resonance.

Unknown artist painted the murals of the Huelga Birds and Aztec City in the 1970s and 1980s at the Clyde L. Fisher middle school. The Aztec Calendar Handball Court was painted by Antonio Nava Torres at Biebrach Park in 1995. The unknown artist Chaco's Pachuco also painted it at the Chaco's Restaurant in 1990. Frank Torres' Jerry Hernandez mural at Pop's Mini Mart at King Road dates back to 2009. Carlos Rodriguez's Sidhu Market mural at Locust depicts a stern-looking soldier.

Performing Arts

Many performing arts companies call the city home, including Opera San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and SJ Dance Co. The San Jose Youth Symphony, Children's Musical Theater of San Jose and San Jose Repertory Theatre are all part of the San Jose Repertory Theatre. The City Lights Theatre Company is also here, as well as The Tabard Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company and the now defunct American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Broadway San Jose was created in partnership with Team San Jose. The San Jose Museum of Art is one of the most prestigious museums of modern art in the country.

The SAP Center in San Jose is one the most popular venues for events around the globe. The arena was the venue that sold the most tickets for non-sporting events in America, according to Pollstar and Billboard Magazine. It is also the third-most popular venue after the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada and Manchester Evening News Arena, England. This period covers January 1, 2004 to September 30, 2004.

Cinequest Film Festival has become an important festival for independent filmmaking, with over 60,000 people attending each year. Annually, the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival hosts three events in San Francisco: Berkeley, Downtown San Jose, and San Francisco. Each year, approximately 30-40 films are shown in San Jose at the Camera 12 Downtown Cinemas. Another event that is held throughout the year is the San Jose Jazz Festival.

The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is North America's only institution with such a large collection.


San Jose is home of the San Jose Sharks, the NHL's San Jose Barracuda, and the San Jose Earthquakes, Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. The SAP Center in San Jose is where the Sharks and Barracuda are played. In March 2015, the Earthquakes opened a 18,000-seat new stadium. San Jose was an original member of the California League and Pacific Coast League minor league baseball. San Jose is home to the San Jose Giants, which are a low-A affiliate of San Francisco Giants.

San Jose has aggressively wooed the Oakland Athletics to move to San Jose. The Athletics have in turn stated that San Jose was their "best option", while the San Francisco Giants have so far resisted this proposal. San Jose sued Major League Baseball in 2013 for refusing to allow the Athletics to move to San Jose. The United States Supreme Court denied San Jose's request to the Athletics on October 5, 2015.

The downtown hosted the San Jose Grand Prix from 2005 to 2007. It was an annual Champ Car World Series street circuit race. Other races include the Trans-Am Series and the Toyota Atlantic Championship. The United States Touring Car Championship, Historic Stock Car Racing Series and Formula D Drift racing competition were also held in the downtown area.

The 2004 U.S. Olympic team trials were hosted by the San Jose Sports Authority for judo and taekwondo at the San Jose State Event Center. Around 90 percent of the Olympic Team members from the United States were processed at San Jose State University in 2008 before they traveled to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Here was also hosted the 2009 Junior Olympics of trampoline.

The USA All-Star Rugby Sevens Championships were held at Watson Bowl east of Downtown in August 2004. San Jose State hosted ACHA's 2011 national tournament. San Jose hosts the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Local Government

San Jose is a charter municipality under California law. This gives it the authority to adopt local ordinances that might conflict with state law within the bounds of the charter. There is a council-manager government in the city, with a mayor nominated and elected by city council.

San Jose City Council consists of ten members elected by their respective districts and a mayor who is elected by the whole city. The mayor presides at city council meetings. All eleven members are allowed to vote on any issue. The mayor does not have veto power. The mayor and council members are elected for four-year terms. The odd-numbered members of the district council begin in 1994, while the mayor and the mayor start in 1996. Each council member represents around 100,000 constituents.

The term limits for the mayor and council members are two terms each. However, a mayor can be elected from among those who have reached their term limit. At the second meeting in each year, the council elects a vice mayor from among its members. This council member serves as mayor in the absence of the mayor. However, he or she does not succeed to the office of mayor upon a vacancy.

The chief administrative officer of the City is the City Manager. He or she must submit an annual budget to the city council for approval. The Mayor proposes a candidate to be City Manager when the vacant office is filled. This must be approved by the council. The Council appoints the Manager to an indefinite term. It may also remove the manager at any time. Or, the electorate can recall the manager. The council also directly appoints the city attorney, city auditor, city clerk, and independent police auditor. San Jose, like all other cities and counties in the State, has representation at the legislature.

The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) determines the limits and levels of control that the city government has over all California cities, except San Francisco. Uncontrolled urban sprawl is the goal of a LAFCO. Santa Clara County LAFCO established the boundaries of San Jose's "Sphere of Influence" as a superset of actual city limits. It also includes parts of unincorporated county land. This allows San Jose to, for example to prevent the development of fringe areas in order to keep city growth closer towards the core. A subset of the Sphere is also designated by the LAFCO as an "Urban Service Area", which effectively limits development to areas with urban infrastructure (sewers and electrical service, etc.). Already exists.

Santa Clara County's county seat is San Jose. Many county government facilities can be found in San Jose, including the Office of the County Executive and the Board of Supervisors.

Federal And State Government

San Jose, California State Senate is divided between the 10th, 15th and 17th districts. They are represented by Democrat Bob Wieckowski and Democrat Dave Cortese respectively.

San Jose, California State Assembly is divided between the 25th and 27th, 28th and 29th districts. They are represented by Democrat Alex Lee and Democrat Ash Kalra. Democrat Evan Low and Democrat Mark Stone.

Federally, San Jose is divided between California's 17th-18th and 19th congressional districts. They are represented respectively by Democrat Ro Khanna and Democrat Anna Eshoo and Democrat Zoe Lofgren.

San Jose is home to several federal and state agencies. It is home to the Sixth District of California Courts of Appeal. It also houses one of three United States District Courts for the Northern District of California courthouses, the others being in Oakland or San Francisco.


Through programs such as "", San Jose became the first American city that makes all 911 calls online. Crime levels have declined significantly, as they did in large cities after increasing since the 1980s. Morgan Quitno Press ranked San Jose as the most safe city in America, with more than 500,000 residents, from 2002 to 2006. San Jose crime was lower than other large American cities, until 2013, when it rose above the California and U.S. norms.

SmartAsset placed San Jose at the 10th highest level of safety in the United States for 2021. 2020 saw the city's lowest violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants, while the homicide rates have been at their highest level since 2016. Property crime per 100,000 residents has been the lowest in the city in more than ten years.


There are several colleges and universities in San Jose. San Jose State University is the largest college and university in the area. It was established by the California legislature as the California State Normal School in 1862. The university is located in downtown San Jose and has been in operation since 1870. It enrolls around 30,000 students in more than 130 bachelor's or master's degree programs. It has a strong academic reputation in engineering, business, computer science, journalism, art, and design. The school consistently ranks among the best public universities in the west region of the United States. San Jose State is the only Bay Area school to field a Football Bowl Subdivision Division I college football team. Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley is the other.

Primary and Secondary Education

San Jose High School was the only school that San Jose students attended until 1943 when Lincoln High School opened. San Jose is home to 127 elementary schools, 47 middle schools, and 44 high-quality public schools. Four high school districts, 14 elementary districts, as well as four unified schools districts provide public education. Other than the main San Jose Unified school district (SJUSD), there are also other districts within San Jose, such as Alum Rock Unified and East Side Union High Schools Districts. Milpitas Unified, Morgan Hill Unified, and Santa Clara Unified schools in nearby areas.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library houses the largest library in the Western United States.

San Jose Public Library's unique system includes the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, which combines the collection of the city with that of San Jose State University's main library. The library was built in 2003 and now has more than 1.6million items. It spans more than 475,000 square feet with a capacity of 2 million volumes.

There are 23 branches in the city, including the Biblioteca Mexicana, which specializes on Spanish language works. The Carnegie Library East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library was established in 1908 and is still in operation as a public library. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of new or completely rebuilt branches were opened as a result of the November 2000 bond measure. Also, the yet to be named brand new Southeast Branch will complete the bond library project.

In 2004, the Library Journal named San Jose and the university system "Library of the year".


The ACBJ has ranked San Jose International Airport as the most well-run airport in America.

San Jose is served two miles northwest by Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, and by Reid-Hillview Airport, Santa Clara County's general aviation airport, located in the eastern portion of San Jose. San Jose residents can also use San Francisco International Airport 35 miles to the northwest and Oakland International Airport 35 miles to the north. It is located near three major freeways: U.S. Route 101 and Interstate 880.


There is a large freeway network in the San Jose region, which includes three Interstate freeways as well as one U.S. Route. However, it is the largest city not served by an Interstate. The majority of the Interstate Highway Network was built in the 1950s, long before San Jose's rapid development decades later.

U.S. 101 runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles and south to California Central Coast. It then heads north to San Francisco, near the eastern coast of the San Francisco Peninsula. I-280 runs to San Francisco but is located just west of the San Francisco Peninsula cities. I-880 runs parallel to the San Francisco Bay's southeast shore, heading north towards Oakland. I-680 runs parallel to I-880 at Fremont but cuts northeast to the eastern San Francisco Bay Area cities.

San Jose is also served by several state highways: SR 17, SR 85 and SR 87, as well as SR 237. A system of county-wide expressways serves San Jose, including the Almaden Expressway and Capitol Expressways, San Tomas Expressway and Lawrence Expressway.

Things To Do In San Jose

San Jose is a cosmopolitan, large city that is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. This region of California is an important technology hub. Its downtown historic district is filled with Spanish Colonial Revival buildings and the Oddfellows building. For families, the Tech Museum of Innovation is the perfect place to learn about science and technology. The museum offers hands-on science experiments, hands-on exhibits, and a hands-on experience.

For a family day out, visit the Children's Discovery Museum, located near the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts and Tech Interactive. For an evening out with the whole family, head to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. The impressive ceiling of the church is one of the city's main draws. After dinner, take the kids to the Santana Row Farmers Market, where they can learn about local produce.

If you're in the mood for a day out with the family, don't miss the Big Foot Research Project. This museum is geared toward kids and offers free admission. The owner of the museum is also an entertaining storyteller, with fascinating tales to share. Another fun thing to do in San Jose is to take the kids to the Winchester Mystery House. The mysterious house is near Santana Row, and has roots dating back to 1777. It is one of the oldest municipal parks in California.

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