Located in the heart of the “Silicon Valley,” San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area with a population of some 835,000. Encompassing more than 175 square miles, it is the 11th largest city in the nation and the 3rd largest in California. There are many new sub-divisions and the character of the neighborhoods is quite varied.
Named for the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe in 1777, San Jose was the first civil settlement in California and the first state capital. It was also the first major city with a woman mayor and is home to a new convention and cultural center. San Jose is the nation’s top high-tech growth center and ranks fifth in the nation in manufacturing. Shopping centers, museums, recreational areas and parks abound.
Since 1984 more than $1 billion has been invested in downtown San Jose's renaissance. Among the highlights: the $140 million San Jose McEnery Convention center, a transit mall that is the focal point of the ultramodern 20 mile-long Light Rail system; the largest children's museum on the West Coast: and the San Jose Arena, completed in September, 1993. There are countless exciting attractions and colorful festivals, art exhibits, musical performances, and award winning restaurants.
San Jose's largest employers include Cisco Systems, IBM, San Jose State University and Lockheed to name a few. San Jose is well known for its Mediterranean climate averaging 300 days of sunshine and an annual average temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Several professional sports franchises make their home in San Jose - the San Jose Sharks (NHL) and the San Jose Giants (minor league - A). Within a short drive you can be in San Francisco, quaint Los Gatos, Stanford University, beaches at Santa Cruz, galleries in Carmel or tidepools in Monterey.
Outdoor activities abound. With sunny weather, golf, tennis, and all manner of water sports are popular among residents and visitors alike. San Jose has 125 parks and two recreational lakes, and the Pacific Ocean and beaches are just over the mountain, less than one hour away. Truly, San Jose is a city to enlighten and delight in.
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