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Sunset in the San Jose Countryside

San José At-A-Glance

Fast Facts

  • Easy access to three major airports
  • Compact, walkable Downtown
  • Diverse dining, recreation, nightlife and attractions

San José is...

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Downtown San Jose

  • One of the safest big cities in America.
  • California’s oldest civilian settlement, founded in 1777.
  • The site of California’s first state capital.
  • Northern California’s largest city by population.
  • The third largest city in California.
  • The tenth largest city in the nation. 
  • The largest concentration of technology expertise in the world with over 6,600 companies.

Amazing, but True

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Obon Festival, Japantown

  • Residents speak more that 56 languages.
  • San José boasts the highest median household income in the nation.
  • More than half of the adults living in Silicon Valley hold a college degree.
  • 40% of San José residents are foreign born.
  • San José has the largest Vietnamese population of any city outside Vietnam.
  • San José leads the nation in patent generation.
  • San José has one of only three Japantowns in the U.S.
  • San José is the site of the world’s first radio broadcasting station.
  • Mount Hamilton is the world’s first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory and houses the world’s third largest optical refracting telescope.

Stay and Play Like A Local

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Lake Cunningham Skate Park

  • The sun shines an average of 300 days a year.
  • Wine Spectator noted the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Region as the “most underappreciated appellation in the world.”
  • Lake Cunningham Skate Park is California’s largest skate park.
  • Discovery Meadow park is home to the world’s largest Monopoly board.
  • The San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles is the first museum of its kind in the U.S.
  • San José has the nation’s first Vietnamese Heritage Garden and Historical Museum.
  • San José houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in western North America at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
  • The Tech Interactive opened the first interactive bioengineering exhibit in the U.S.
  • The San José Earthquakes soccer stadium has the largest outdoor bar in North America.
  • With over 160 rooms, Winchester Mystery House is one of the largest Victorian homes in the U.S.

San Jose at a Glance

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