San Jose, the third largest city in California and the tenth largest city in the United States with an estimated population of 971,372 is located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. In the 1990’s, San Jose became known as the capitol of Silicon Valley due to the boom in the local technology industry. Generally, the city of San Jose is divided into several geographical regions, including: Downtown San Jose, Central, West San Jose, North San Jose, East San Jose, and South San Jose. San Jose is approximately 36 miles from Oakland, CA, 42 miles from San Francisco, CA, 305 miles from Los Angeles, CA, 382 miles from Las Vegas, NV, and 416 miles from San Diego, CA.
San Jose is surrounded on three sides by mountains, so even though this city lies inland it is sheltered from rain with an annual average rainfall of 14.4 inches, whereas other Bay areas will receive three times that amount. The annual average temperature is 73 F with 300+days of sunshine. During the winter months, the average high is 60 F and the average low is 42 F and the summer months, the average high is 84 F and the average low is 57 F with temperatures rarely fluctuating more than 10-12 degrees between night and day.
Several technology companies employing more than 254,000 people are housed here making San Jose the location of the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world. The median income in San Jose is one of the highest income cities. This city is also known for one of the nation’s highest level of education within its workforce with approximately 32% of adults over the age of 25 having their bachelor’s degree or higher. Although technology dominates the workforce, San Jose has other popular employment options such as health care, manufacturing, transportation, etc.
Entertainment in San Jose is definitely not lacking with its multiple parks, gardens, and other outdoor recreational locations. Whether you want to enjoy the beauty of the Japanese Friendship Gardens, Overfelt Gardens, or the Chinese Cultural Garden; take the family to the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo or a day on the water at Lake Cunningham; check out the city’s history or take in an exhibit at one of the many museums; or even a little adventure at the Winchester Mystery House - It's all here in San Jose! While many cities provide guests and residents with a variety of trails, San Jose was ranked nineteenth of the most walk-able largest cities in the United States providing numerous recreational and commute trails throughout the city.
Traveling to San Jose, CA most visitors choose to use the larger international airports such as San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport however, San Jose has their own airport, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and a general aviation airport, the Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County. San Jose has a number of major highways that serve the area such as U.S. 101 that serves the California Central Coast near San Francisco, I-280 and I-880 that serves San Francisco and Oakland, among these major interstates there are I-680, Route 17, Route 82, Route 85, Route 87, Route 130, and Route 237. Amtrak also services San Jose with rail service between San Jose, Sacramento, Seattle, Los Angeles. The commuter rail services are Caltrain, ACE, and light rail service is available on the historic streetcars in downtown San Jose. In the future, the California High Speed Rail will be available as well. Because of our sometimes tempremental traffic, these alternate transportation options play a reliable role.
Where is San Jose? Just short of perfection in the heart of California. Come for the day - Stay for a lifetime!
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