Welcome to San Jose
A technology hub of Silicon Valley with a diverse network of beautiful neighborhoods
San Jose, Calif., is located in Silicon Valley and is home to world-class companies, universities, and research centers. San Jose has been ranked as one of the top places to live in the United States by Forbes and has one of the largest public transit systems in the country.
If you don’t already live in California, you might know San Jose as the central Bay Area city south of the San Francisco Peninsula. Recently, San Jose has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — its population more than doubled in the past decade. Its diverse economy has helped the city become a central educational and business hub and has made San Jose a great place to visit, live, and work.
San Jose is a global technology center with a reputation for beautiful weather — the surrounding mountains shield its low-lying areas from the Pacific Ocean's seasonal swings. The mild climate makes the community popular for outdoor activities and a haven for sports enthusiasts.
What to Love
- Commuter-friendly, close to highways, and home to San Jose International airport
- Close to San Francisco
- Small historical communities within a larger big city
- Walkable shops and restaurants
San Jose has a diverse economy, prominent tech industry, and broad sports offerings. Many magazines have ranked it as one of the best cities to live in. In the heart of downtown sits the Shark Tank, home to the San Jose Sharks NHL team and surrounded by restaurants; this historic downtown neighborhood exudes charm.
Smaller neighborhoods make up the rest of San Jose, creating a unique sense of community and culture. It's close to nature and has all the modern amenities you may need. The community encompasses everything Californians want in a long-term place to call home — excellent year-round weather, a variety of neighborhoods, quick access to an international airport, a broad offering of local sports and events, a short drive to the ocean, excellent schools, and lively downtown districts with shops and restaurants. In short, San Jose is fun and exciting, with many annual events and celebrations. It is where businesses can grow and thrive, and families, singles, professionals, and retirees can enjoy all San Jose offers.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Olla Cocina is a fun and inviting downtown San Jose restaurant serving contemporary, fast-casual Mexican dishes. Sammy G’s Pizzeria is a local pizza place with a covered patio that serves creative pizzas with fresh toppings and craft beer. Haberdasher is an old-school bar and lounge with red velvet seating and a beautiful bar that serves cocktails and small plates. Mariscos Costa Alegre is a Mexican restaurant in a bright dining space that serves traditional cuisine and seafood specialties.
Things to Do
The Tech Interactive, San Jose’s tech museum, is located right in the heart of downtown San Jose. Among its family-friendly exhibits are stations about bio-design, body motion, and social robots. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum has the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts in the western U.S. The museum has several collections and exhibits, a young archeologist program, and educational workshops. Triton Museum of Art showcases local, regional, and national artists for locals to learn about art and the creative process.
Alviso Marina County Park is a 20-acre bayside park that connects to salt ponds and marshes in Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The park offers self-guided opportunities, hiking trails, boat tours, a boat launch, biking, and picnic areas. For sports enthusiasts, San Jose hosts the Sharks, the San Jose Giants (a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants baseball team), 49ers football is next door in Santa Clara, and the Mountain West Conference San Jose State Spartans, who put on a great show each fall season in San Jose.
San Jose Unified School District is a public education system that serves more than 30,000 students in the San Jose area. There are 41 schools, making it the largest district in Silicon Valley. The district strives to be an innovative system with academics and extracurriculars that shape students to think, lead, and create a better community.
There are many private school options in San Jose, including,
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