Life in San Jose, California

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Spencer Nitkey reports in this review:
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As a city located in the Bay Area in "Sunny California" the climate here is very mild, it never gets extraordinarily cold, nor does it get extraordinarily hot. It can hit up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer but it never dips below freezing. There isn't heavy rain, the only potential problem is that it lies on the San Andreas Fault which means it is prone to earthquakes; after living there for eight years and never experiencing one, however, I can attest to the rarity of this. Overall the weather in San Jose is remarkably nice, and while there isn't a lot of variety in the weather I don't know anyone who complains about the weather.San Jose itself has some crime, in the neighborhood where I lived, Almaden Valley, there was virtually no crime, only one person I knew has ever been broken into and that was a robbery when no one was home and it was very minimal. The crime in Almaden Valley is virtually non-existent. The crime in the rest of the city is very much under control and there is little crime at all though in Buena Vista there is the most report crime that I hear on local news.Almaden Valley is the best neighborhood in San Jose. It is populated by a upper middle, and upper class of almost exclusively Caucasian and Asian-Americans and has some of the lowest crime, best schools, and best houses in the San Jose. New expensive 1960 Ranch houses are what most houses are in Almaden Valley.

The Buena Vista neighborhood is the worst neighborhood in San Jose with the highest crimes, some of the worst schools and the crummiest houses. A mainly hispanic and Caucasian neighborhood most houses are old apartment complexes or dilapidated victorians.
The people that tend to flourish and fit into San Jose are subrban types and young hipster-like people. There is also a large Latin American population so those of that descent will find themselves fitting in vry nicely. In the suburbs educated older men and women will be very welcomed and find themselves very much at home, while in the downtown area young hipsters and college graduates will flourish. There is not a large African-American population.
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It is just begining to blossom and there are a lot of rapid developments being made every single day. Certainly, the downtown of San Jose is on the upswing and is getting better everyday.Flames, Country Inn, El Fornio are some of the best restaurants that the city has to offer and each has remarkable and unique food and atmosphere.The public school quality is, unfortunately, below average. Test scores on standardized tests are low and budget cuts have hampered the ability of teachers and districts alike. Definitely not the best schools in the country or state.With a vibrant downtown packed with bars, clubs, and outdoor activity groups there is a plethora of opportunity for singles to meet and mingle, as it were.
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San Jose International Airport does have a lot of air traffic so there are some airplane noises that fill the city. Two big highways 101 and 280 line both sides of the large city but are exceptionally easy to get away from.Two neighboring towns: Mountain View and Palo Alto.

In comparison to Mountain View the cost of living in San Jose is lower but the school are much worse. The crime in Mountain View is a lot lower but thats most likely because Mountain View is smaller and doesn't have an actual city where as San Jose has a population of almost 1,000,000 and does have a vibrant downtown city. The shopping and people are pretty similar but Mountain View has a much higher Caucasian population.
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center is the local hospital and it provides the cream of the crop medical and emergency room care.Downtown San Jose is a remarkably youthful and vibrant location. There are Japanese friendship gardens which boast some of the most beautiful flowers and plants anywhere.
General comments   
The city is amazing. It has such a diverse community and is so large. It feels very open and innovative and there is a huge creative pulse that runs through the city. The people and places are unique and variant and there is always something happening somewhere. Miraculously it never feels overwhelming as there is always a place to relax and get away from it all. A really spectacular city.   
San Jose, California population: 945942

How many black people live in San Jose? How many white people?
Number of White People404437Percentage of White people42.8%
Number of Black People37836Percentage of Black people4%
Number of Hispanic People321233Percentage of Hispanic people34%
Number of Asian People334743Percentage of Asian people35.4%
Number of American Indian People16064Percentage of American Indian people1.7%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

San Jose, California

Percent college grads: 36.6%
Percent grad school grads: 13.5%
Unemployment rate: 8.7
Median house value: 633800
Median income: 79405

How many singles in San Jose?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
75646589021.28men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
24899224331.11men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
20574222650.92men for each woman

Crimes in San Jose, California
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault19660%1%
Auto Theft54111%3%

Weather History for San Jose, California

San Jose, California Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000064109103900
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for San Jose, California?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year361500
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000821598139031

How many hot humid days a year does San Jose, California have?
How many cloudy days a year does San Jose, California have?
How many sunny days a year does San Jose, California have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does San Jose, California have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year0210421130162468176

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.