San Jose

America’s Best Places Rank: 23rd
Population: 934,415
Mayor: Chuck Reed

Why it’s ranked: Called the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose records a high median income level of $78,660 and a low poverty level of just one in 10 citizens. Although the city struggles with high unemployment, the area is dotted with green parks, and citizens have many restaurants and bars to choose among.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 35.7
Percent under poverty level: 10.2
Median household income: $78,660
Violent crime rate: 360.5
Property crime rate: 2,385.2
School score: 70.2
Pro sports teams: 1
Foreclosure rate: .0167
Percent Unemployment: 11.3
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 16.6
Bars: 80
Restaurants: 1,461
Museums: 31
Colleges: 6
Libraries: 27
Air Quality Index: 88
 
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