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San Jose is a city in Santa Clara County.

It is the county seat.

The latitude of San Jose is 37.339N. The longitude is -121.893W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 85 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 898,349.


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Median household income
Local
$70,243
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our San Jose demographic reports
San Jose is in the Santa Clara Valley.
El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was established in 1777 to raise food and cattle for the soldiers at the presidios of Monterey and San Francisco.

Before it was a technology center, San Jose was the heart of an agrarian area known for its fruit orchards, ranches and canneries

Public transportation: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,378. The number of murders and homicides was 29. The violent crime rate was 3.7 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1998 movie, "What Dreams May Come"
· 1990 movie, "The Rookie"
Census 2000 highlights: 11th largest city in the U.S., by population; Among U.S. communities of at least 100,000 people, ranked No. 4 in monthly mortgage costs. The median here was $1,936; Among major American cities, ranked No. 10 in percentage Asian population (26.9%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Edwin Markham, poet
· Steven L. Smith, astronaut
· Peggy Fleming, skater
· Chuck Berry, rock and roll musician
Local bands (past and present) have included Smash Mouth
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Santa Clara County Fair - Aug. 1-5, 2007
  • San Jose Jazz Festival - Aug. 9-12, 2007
  • Story Road Tamale Festival - June 2, 2007
Dates often change. Check San Jose web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Mission Chamber Orchestra, Opera San Jose, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley
Nearby parks & recreation: Alum Rock Park, Almaden Lake Park, Lake Cunningham
San Jose attractions: Overfelt Gardens, Municipal Rose Garden
Sports teams: Sharks (NHL), Giants (minor league baseball), SaberCats (Arena Football League)
Historic sites and museums: Tech Museum of Innovation, Winchester Mystery House, Silicon Valley Institute of Art and Technology, Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose Historical Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Colleges and universities: San Jose State University, National Hispanic University, Evergreen Valley College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 135
Quotes:
There are no landmarks in San Jose.
-- An American Notebook
Philip Hamburger
Songs:
· "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"

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Neighborhoods in San Jose include Blackford, Burbank / Del Monte, Delmas Park, East Valley, Edenvale / Great Oaks, Five Wounds / Brookwood Terrace, Gateway East, Greater Gardner, Hoffman / Via Monte, K.O.N.A. ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in San Jose include Blackford, Burbank / Del Monte, Delmas Park, East Valley, Edenvale / Great Oaks, Five Wounds / Brookwood Terrace, Gateway East, Greater Gardner, Hoffman / Via Monte, K.O.N.A. ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about San Jose demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Santa Clara County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, San Jose area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 95119 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of San Jose residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the San Jose ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in San Jose was $26,697, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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32% of San Jose residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in San Jose include Hensley Historic District, San Jose Downtown Historic District, St. James Square Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in San Jose, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,045.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,936.


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Libraries in San Jose include Almaden Library, Alum Rock Library, Berryessa Library, Biblioteca Latino Americano, Calabazas Library, Cambrian Library, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, East San Jose Carnegie Library, Educational Park Library, Evergreen Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in San Jose include El Observador, San Jose Mercury-News

TV stations in San Jose include KICU, KKPX, KNTV, KSTS, KTEH.

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Santa Clara County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our San Jose political report.

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San Jose restaurants taking online reservations include 19 Market, 7 / Seven Restaurant & Lounge, A.P. Stump's, Anise Cafe, ARCADIA, E & O Trading Company - San Jose, Emile's, Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, Habana Cuba, Il Fornaio - San Jose ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for San Jose workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 141 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in San Jose between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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