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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.
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.
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 Dame, Saint Francis, and Presentation.
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.
Silver Creek Valley
Capital of Silicon Valley
Global capital of high-tech & internet
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...
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
San Jose State University
Lincoln Law School of SJ
University of Silicon Valley Law
Golden Gate University
San Jose City College
West Valley College
Evergreen Valley College
Palmer College of Chiropractic
University California’s Lick Observatory
National Hispanic University
Children's Discovery Museum
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Portuguese Historical Museum
Six Flags Great America
Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Winchester Mystery House
Tech Museum of Innovation
state & national parks
Alum Rock Park
Circle of Palms Plaza
Emma Prusch Farm Park
Field Sports Park
Iris Chang Park
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Japanese Friendship Garden
Don Edwards SF Bay Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
Portuguese Historical Museum
Martial Cottle Park
Oak Hill Memorial Park
Chinese Cultural Garden
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Lake Cunningham Park
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
60+ miles of recreational trail network
NFL & NHL Games
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