About San Jose
To most people’s surprise, San Jose is the third-largest city in the State of California, with a population of 945,902 at last count. And while the rest of the nation knows San Jose as the heart of Silicon Valley, the city’s residents know their home to be rich in cultural and natural treasures.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum features one of the largest collections of Egyptian artifacts in the United States. The San Jose Museum of Art focuses on Western art and technology-related sculpture and sculpture, prints, digital media and paintings. The San Jose Opera will celebrate its 30th season in 2014; Ballet San Jose is led by nationally-recognized Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, and Symphony Silicon Valley is led by the very best guest conductors leading the local areas finest musicians.
San Jose’s History
The original residents of what is now San Jose were the Ohlone Native Americans. Today, some of their descendants, part of the The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, continue to live in the San Francisco bay area. Gaspar de Portolà and Father Junípero Serra established missions here in 1770, beginning the era of European settlement and colonization. San Jose was actually the first city to become incorporated after California was admitted to the United States, in 1950.
The city’s economy was largely agriculturally-based until World War II, when it began its transition toward technology, by way of several industrial defense contracts. IBM established its West Coast headquarters in San Jose in 1943, changing the course of the city’s future. Today, San Jose is home to more than 15 tech companies with more than 1,000 employees, including Cisco Systems, eBay, IBM, Hitachi, Adobe, and SuperMicro.
Other notable attractions include the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the oldest Catholic parish in California; the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, ranked as one of the Top Ten children’s museums in the United States. A favorite of locals, the San Jose Trail Network – the nation’s largest – features more than 53 miles of inter-connected recreational trails throughout the city and its surrounding hills and forests.
San Jose is a young and vibrant city, with 26% of its residents being under 18, 10% between the ages of 18 and 24, 35% between 25 and 44, and 20% between 45 and 64. San Jose is also a prosperous city. Its average family household income of $76,963 is the highest in the nation for any city having more than 250,000 residents. We’re also home to high quality public and private schools and a variety of distinct neighborhoods, each of which has their own architectural character.