san jose







Downtown San Jose

A UFO has landed? Nope - it's just Apple Park.

San José, is the cultural, financial, and political center of Silicon Valley and the largest city in Northern California, by both population and area. With an estimated 2019 population of 1,021,795, it is the third-most populous city in California (after Los Angeles and San Diego) and the tenth-most populous in the United States.

 Located in the center of the Santa Clara Valley, on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, San Jose covers an area of 179.97 square miles. San Jose is the county seat of Santa Clara County, the most affluent county in California and one of the most affluent counties in the United States.

The Guadalupe River runs from the Santa Cruz Mountains north through San Jose, ending in the San Francisco Bay at Alviso. Along the southern part of the river is the neighborhood of Almaden Valley


East of the Guadalupe River, Coyote Creek also flows to south San Francisco Bay and originates on Mount Sizer near Henry W. Coe State Park and the surrounding hills in the Diablo Range, northeast of Morgan Hill, California.

The lowest point in San Jose is 13 feet below sea level in Alviso; the highest is 2,125 feet. 

San Jose lies close to the Pacific Ocean and a small portion of its northern border touches San Francisco Bay

There are four distinct valleys in the city of San Jose: Almaden Valley, situated on the southwest fringe of the city; Evergreen Valley to the southeast, which is hilly all throughout its interior; Santa Clara Valley, which includes the flat, main urban expanse of the South Bay; and the rural Coyote Valley, to the city's extreme southern fringe.

View of Silicon Valley from Alum Rock.

Guadalupe Reservoir

Snow atop Mt. Hamilton

San Jose State University campus

Silicon Valley University Law Campus

Presentation High School for girls

San Jose has 127 elementary, 47 middle, and 44 high public schools. Public education in the city is provided by four high school districts, fourteen elementary districts, and four unified school districts (which provide both elementary and high schools).

Private schools in San Jose are primarily run by religious groups. The Catholic Diocese of San Jose has the second largest student population in the Santa Clara County, behind only SJUSD; the diocese and its parishes operate several schools in the city, including five high schools: Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine College Prep, Notre DameSaint Francis, and Presentation.

San José State University is the oldest public university on the West Coast and the founding campus of the California State University system.


Other private high schools include two Baptist high schools, one non-denom Protestant school, one university-prep, a nonsectarian K-12 Harker School, and an Evangelical Lutheran school.

Bellarmine High School for boys

Because of the proximity to Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton, San Jose has taken several steps to reduce light pollution, including replacing all street lamps and outdoor lighting in private developments with low pressure sodium lamps. To recognize the city's efforts, the asteroid 6216 San Jose was named after the city.

San Jose possesses about 15,950 acres (6,455 ha) of parkland in its city limits, including a part of the expansive Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The city's oldest park is Alum Rock Park, established in 1872. In its 2013 ParkScore ranking, The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, reported that San Jose was tied with Albuquerque and Omaha for having the 11th best park system among the 50 most populous U.S. cities.

A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked San Jose the nineteenth most walkable of fifty largest cities in the United States. 

San Jose's trail network of 60 miles (100 km) of recreational and active transportation trails criss-cross the city.

In 2011 a small number of Chinook salmon returned to the Guadalupe River after 20 years and were filmed spawning under the Julian Street bridge. 

Conservationist Roger Castillo, who discovered the remains of a mammoth on the banks of the Guadalupe River in 2005, found that a herd of tule elk had returned to San Jose and recolonized the hills to the south, east of Highway 101, in early 2019.


Painted ceiling in St. Joseph's Basilica

Levi's Stadium,  home of SF 49'ers


Winchester Mystery House

Alum Rock Park

Almaden Quicksilver

Circle of Palms Plaza

Emma Prusch Farm Park

Field Sports Park

Iris Chang Park

Kelley Park

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Japanese Friendship Garden

History Park

Don Edwards SF Bay Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

Portuguese Historical Museum

Martial Cottle Park

Oak Hill Memorial Park

Overfelt Gardens

Chinese Cultural Garden

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Lake Cunningham Park

Rosicrucian Park

Peace Garden

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

60+ miles of recreational trail network




NFL & NHL Games


Primary Districts










Rose Garden


Willow Glen

Naglee Park




East Foothills

Alum Rock


Communications Hill

Little Portugal

Blossom Valley


Almaden Valley

Silver Creek Valley

Evergreen Valley


Santa Teresa

Seven Trees

Coyote Valley


famous for...

Capital of Silicon Valley

Global capital of high-tech & internet

Mediterranean climate

Third most populous city in CA

10th most populous city in US

Highest GDP in the country

Third highest GDP in the world

Most millionaires per capita

Most billionaires per capita

Most expensive housing market in US

Fifth most expensive housing market in the world

11th Best Park System among 50 Most Populous U.S. Cities

Nation's largest urban trail system

you'll love it here if you...

Love technology

Work in the tech industry

Love a mild climate year 'round

Love city life

Are a sports fan


CGI Alameda to northeast

Camp Parks to the north

Travis AFB to the north

5 largest employers

Cisco Systems





upper education

San Jose State University

Lincoln Law School of SJ

University of Silicon Valley Law

National University

Golden Gate University

San Jose City College

West Valley College

Mission College

Evergreen Valley College

Palmer College of Chiropractic

WestMed College

University California’s Lick Observatory

Western Seminary

National Hispanic University

state & national parks

tourist attractions

Children's Discovery Museum

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Portuguese Historical Museum

Raging Waters

Six Flags Great America

Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Lick Observatory

Hayes Mansion

SAP Center

Excite Ballpark

Spartan Stadium

Winchester Mystery House

Tech Museum of Innovation



San Jose Mineta Int'l Airport

Reid Hillview Airport

CA Hi-Speed Rail (coming soon)

Silicon Valley BART

Hwy 17 Express


CA Shuttle Bus

VTA Light Rail












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