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What Bert Has To Say About San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metro Area

This large metro area covers the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area and is otherwise known as Santa Clara County, or more informally, as the “Silicon Valley.” Once a quiet agricultural valley of orchards and small towns and anchored by the indistinct processing and shipping point of San Jose, the area has completely transformed over a period of forty years into an economic and technology powerhouse and cultural crossroads between America and Asia.

The small towns, which include the likes of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, have completely grown together into a vast sprawl of residential and commercial spaces. Major high-tech manufacturers, research facilities and an enormous array of supporting small- and medium-size businesses fill the valley. Several defense technology suppliers are also present. The area has a distinct high-tech culture with its own lingo and architectural style of endless long, low, glass-fronted buildings in some way mimicking the circuit boards they produce.

Many settle in the area because of career opportunity and the excellent climate, and are rewarded so long as they are tolerant of crowding and high prices. Entertainment assets and cultural activities are abundant and varied, but some of the better activities fill quickly and hard to get into. Like many recent-growth places in California, San Jose suffers from overcrowding and sprawl. In fact, neighborhoods cover buildable land in all directions and traffic along main commute corridors is very bad.

Neighborhoods such as Los Gatos, Los Altos, and Palo Alto at the western edges adjacent to Coastal Range foothills feature exceptional housing and appealing, small downtowns, but homes under $1 million are rare.

The broad, flat valley narrows considerably but continues south toward Gilroy. The sheltered, coastal, Mediterranean climate is ideal. Summers are clear, dry, and sunny, with normal daytime highs in the low 80’s. In the evening, marine air often delivers low, stratus clouds, known locally as “fog,” which typically burns off by mid-morning the next day. Light jackets are usually required in summer. The valley location and stable, summer air produce some hazy or smoggy days. Hot, desert winds sometimes blow in late summer and fall, but temperatures seldom reach 100. Winter is typically mild with days in the 60’s and nights in the 40’s, with occasional lows in the 30’s or upper 20’s. Winter is the rainy season; most precipitation falls when steady Pacific storms enter the area, but the coastal mountains reduce the impact.


Quick Facts About San Jose

    The unemployment rate in San Jose is 5.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. San Jose jobs have Increased by 2.52 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, San Jose's cost of living is 97.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, San Jose's population is 954,379 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.55 percent.
    Average Commute time is 26 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in San Jose is $646,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 16.50 percent.
    San Jose public schools spend $12,065 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21.3 students per teacher in San Jose.

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this is and will never be a melting pot
San Jose is roughly 50 per cent Vietnamese and other asian. Thanks to all those assembly jobs that had to be done here in 2000 but are now done in Asia. It does not... (read more)
Used to be called "The Valley of the Heart's Delig
Lived here since 1999 but will need to move. If one locked in housing costs by buying years ago, it is not so bad and one might be siting on a gold mine. We're lucky... (read more)
re: San Jose Native Opinion - 12/3/2012
Here's a 2013 update: The statistics are out of date on San Jose. We have a majority of Hispanics and a minority of caucasians. Our crime rate the last two years (due... (read more)
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