San Jose

San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777. Not only was it the first civilian settlement of California, it was also the state’s first capital. It’s not surprising, then, that residents of San Jose are immersed in history. Historic sites include the Alviso Historic District, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the Circle of Palms Plaza, the Hayes Mansion, the New Almaden Mine and a number of historic downtown buildings. Just some of these buildings include the old Bank of American Building, constructed in 1925; the De Anza Hotel; the Hotel Montgomery; the Hotel Sainte Claire and the building at 27-29 Fountain Alley. 380_1san_jose_downtown

There is so much for residents to do in San Jose, it can be hard to keep up. Arts festivals, music festivals, and sporting events undoubtedly top the lists of many who call San Jose home. When it comes to experiencing art in the city, focus on the San Jose Ballet, the San Jose Opera, the Silicon Valley Symphony, and the San Jose Museum of Art. This Museum recently surpassed 40 years of giving back to the community, boasting both impressive local art and art from around the world, in addition to an ice rink during winter in its courtyard (so that even non-art lovers can enjoy their visit). The San Jose Jazz Summerfest, and the San Jose Viva Fest, a festival celebrating Mexican heritage and mariachi, give residents a lot to do when it comes to music.

Of course, living in San Jose isn’t just about entertainment. The natural beauty of the nearby coast and Sierras is a huge draw for residents as well, and San Jose provides its own unique entertainment, particularly to those who love the outdoors, but also in general by offering a great climate year-round. Yes, the cost of living is not cheap in San Jose (48% above the national average), nor any area of Silicon Valley, but the career opportunities are vast and greatly offset these costs. Furthermore, one of the other huge benefits of living in San Jose is safety; in fact, the city is one of the safest in the entire nation by far, ranked 7th by Forbes.

For those with children, San Jose schools rank 6 out of 10, according to Great Schools which compiles rankings based on national test scores. While some worry about the air quality in California — which still does rank highest on the low quality list in places like Los Angeles, Visalia-Porterville, Bakersfield, Freso-Madera, Hanford-Corcoran and others — the air and water quality in San Jose ranks very well for the state.


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San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777. Not only was it the first civilian settlement of California, it was also the state’s first capital. It’s not surprising, then, that residents of San Jose are immersed in history. Historic sites include the Alviso Historic District, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the Circle of Palms Plaza, the Hayes Mansion, the New Almaden Mine and a number of historic downtown buildings. Just some of these buildings include the old Bank of American Building, constructed in 1925; the De Anza Hotel; the Hotel Montgomery; the Hotel Sainte Claire and the building at 27-29 Fountain Alley.

There is so much for residents to do in San Jose, it can be hard to keep up. Arts festivals, music festivals, and sporting events undoubtedly top the lists of many who call San Jose home. When it comes to experiencing art in the city, focus on the San Jose Ballet, the San Jose Opera, the Silicon Valley Symphony, and the San Jose Museum of Art. This Museum recently surpassed 40 years of giving back to the community, boasting both impressive local art and art from around the world, in addition to an ice rink during winter in its courtyard (so that even non-art lovers can enjoy their visit). The San Jose Jazz Summerfest, and the San Jose Viva Fest, a festival celebrating Mexican heritage and mariachi, give residents a lot to do when it comes to music.

Of course, living in San Jose isn’t just about entertainment. The natural beauty of the nearby coast and Sierras is a huge draw for residents as well, and San Jose provides its own unique entertainment, particularly to those who love the outdoors, but also in general by offering a great climate year-round. Yes, the cost of living is not cheap in San Jose (48% above the national average), nor any area of Silicon Valley, but the career opportunities are vast and greatly offset these costs. Furthermore, one of the other huge benefits of living in San Jose is safety; in fact, the city is one of the safest in the entire nation by far, ranked 7th by Forbes.

For those with children, San Jose schools rank 6 out of 10, according to Great Schools which compiles rankings based on national test scores. While some worry about the air quality in California — which still does rank highest on the low quality list in places like Los Angeles, Visalia-Porterville, Bakersfield, Freso-Madera, Hanford-Corcoran and others — the air and water quality in San Jose ranks very well for the state.