San Jose

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Four Reasons Why You Should Buy Land In San Jose

Looking to buy land in California? Why not buy it in a city home to the most millionaires and billionaires in the country per capita? San Jose is widely known for its small-town charm and beautiful weather, including 300 days of sun annually. Thirty minutes from the beaches of Santa Cruz and an hour south of San Francisco, San Jose is in the perfect location.


Named after el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe (meaning "the Town of Saint Joseph on the Guadalupe"), San Jose was founded as California's first civilian settlement by Jose Joaquin Moraga on November 29, 1777. Moraga did this under the orders of Antonio Maria de Bucareli y Ursua, Viceroy of New Spain. The city served as a strategic location along El Camino, linking the military fortifications at the San Francisco Presidio and Monterey Presidio and the California mission network. The territory of San Jose was moved approximately a mile south (centered on the Pueblo Plaza) due to severe flooding in 1791. San Jose was formally ceded to the United States after the Mexican-American in 1847. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 made the ceding official as part of the Mexican Cession. San Jose was incorporated as a California city alongside Benicia and San Diego on March 27, 1850. Josiah Belden, a member of the Bartleson Party, was made the city's first mayor. San Jose was briefly made California's first state capital, and legislators met at a now-demolished site from 1849 to 1851. San Jose experienced massive growth between 1900 and 1910. The city was the center for innovation, pioneering invention, and impact in heavier-than-flight and lighter-than-air.

Things to do in San Jose


Heard about the infamous In-N-Out Burger? Well, it's safe to say trying out this burger is one of the first steps toward becoming an official resident of San Jose. Featuring cheeseburgers made with the freshest ingredients, fries, and handspun milkshakes, In-N-Out Burger is the king in this part of the country.

Away from burgers, San Jose's culinary scene has provisions for palates of all flavors, but Mexican and Vietnamese food in the city particularly stand out. While Vietnamese food, pho, isn't hard to find in the city, Pho Kim Long has the city's best pho. The cash-only restaurant is affordable and loved by locals. Craving Tacos and burritos? Head to the cash-only La Costa restaurant, which sits on Alum Rock Ave. And oh, I should let you know the burritos are as big as newborn babies. Seafood? Make a stop at The Fish Market restaurant, which is a popular destination for field trips thanks to its live lobster tank and true fish market feel. The restaurant offers cooked fish and sushi. To get it at a cheaper rate, make inquiries about their happy hour.

San Jose is home to over 200 unique and breathtaking venues for perfect outdoor relaxation. The city also houses over 60 miles of scenic trails useful for hiking. California's Great America is a lovely place to spend an outdoor day with your family. It features an amusement park, a waterpark, and even a lazy river. Love playing golf? Head to either Santa Teresa or Coyote Creek to access a full golf course. For minigolf, check out Golfland. Go on a hike in the foothills at either IBM in South San Jose or Quicksilver in Almaden. Own a dog? Check out any of the three dog parks in the city: Saratoga Creek Dog Park, Hart's Dog Park, and Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

Love sports? Then you will love living in San Jose. While San Jose itself has only two professional sports teams, the city is part of the Bay Area, including San Francisco and Oakland. San Francisco and Oakland boast four other major league teams, which will leave you spoilt for options when choosing who to support. The San Jose Sharks are the locals' favorite teams as the city changes color whenever the Sharks play a home game. The Sap center and its environs are usually filled with fans in teal and black outfits ready to cheer the Sharks to victory. Pre-match and post-match celebrations for major victories usually go on till daybreak in and around Santa Clara.

The San Jose Earthquakes, who play in the Major League Soccer, are the city's second team. The Earthquakes have won the MLS Cup twice, and the Supporters Shield twice. Even if you do not like soccer, you should watch the California Classico, a derby between the Earthquakes and LA Galaxy. The tension in the atmosphere and level of noise from both sets of fans is indescribable.

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San Jose is situated within the Santa Clara Valley, right in the southern part of the Bay Area in Northern California. The northernmost part of the city touches San Francisco Bay at Alviso. San Jose lies between the source of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1898, the San Andreas Fault, and the Calaveras Fault.

San Jose demographics

San Jose is a city in California and the county seat of Santa Clara County. It has a population of 1,013,240, making it the third-most populous city in California and the tenth most populated in the United States. San Jose is the most populous city in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area and the San Francisco Bay Area, which has a population of 9.7 million and 7.7 million, respectively. It is the financial, cultural, and political center of Silicon Valley.

San Jose is home to 324,340 households and a population density of 5,642 people per square mile. San Jose has a highly diversified population, but closeness to Mexico means Hispanics or Latinos are the dominant race, making up 33.2% of the population. Asians make up 32.8%, while Whites and African Americans make up 27.6% and 2.8%.

Arts in San Jose

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There's nothing like the energy at a live performance. San Jose has it all, whether it's the thunderous applause seats in a theater, the roar of the crowd at a concert, or the contagious laughter at a comedy show. San Jose's performing arts and music scene is diverse, from innovative performances and cozy coffeehouse acoustic sets at the City Lights Theater Company to operatic ballads from the iconic California theater.

Interested in trying your hands at art? Head to History Park San Jose, just 10 minutes from downtown, to learn more about the deeply rooted history of pre-Silicon Valley. Inside History Park sits the main coalition for glassblowers in the Bay Area, the Bay Area Glass Institute. In this facility, you can register for glass blowing demos and see how you will perform creating your own sculpture.

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Schools in San Jose

If you are looking to grab a degree in San Jose, you won't be short of options as the city is home to 12 higher institutions. San Jose State University is a top-rated higher institution known for its engineering, business, marketing, computer science, and nursing majors. Looking to cut costs? Check out community colleges Evergreen, West Valley, and De Anza. They are all local options that provide numerous two-year programs for every discipline. Aspiring to become a lawyer? Grab a law degree at either Lincoln Law School of San Jose or the University of Silicon Valley Law School. Some of the other higher institutions in the city are the California University of Management and Technology, The University of Silicon Valley, and Jose City College.

Why San Jose?

Moving to San Jose?

San Jose has certainly made itself a household name renowned for its prevalence in the technology world and unique activities. San Jose is both costly and wealthy, with the city home to the most millionaires and billionaires in the country per capita. It is a home for the affluent. If you are looking to connect with the big guns, San Jose is the place to buy land and maybe build a house.


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