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The City of San Jose is the 3rd largest city in California with a population of 1,015,492 as of July 1, 2021. San Jose ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for San Jose is located at latitude 37.3394 and longitude -121.895 in Santa Clara County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Jose encompass a land area of 176.57 sq. miles and a water area of 3.95 sq. miles. Santa Clara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 82 feet.

The City of San Jose has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of San Jose is located within San Jose CCD of Santa Clara County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for San Jose: Pueblo De Alvarado, Pueblo De San Jose De Guadalupe, San Jose De Alvarado, San Jose De Guadalupe *.

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San Jose, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 1,015,492 (100%)
Population in Households 1,002,013 (98.7%)
Population in Families 834,200 (82.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 13,479 ( 1.3%)
Population Density 5,711
Diversity Index2 83


Median Household Income $114,565
Average Household Income $155,383
% of Income for Mortgage4 35%
Per Capita Income $49,959
Wealth Index5 170


Total HU (Housing Units) 339,973 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 178,619 (52.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 147,705 (43.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,649 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $963,418
Average Home Value $1,054,591
Housing Affordability Index3 68


Total Households 326,324
Average Household Size 3.07
Family Households 236,132
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.57% 0.5%
Households 0.66% 0.55%
Families 0.6% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.78%
Per Capita Income   2.42%
Owner Occupied HU   0.38%

San Jose, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Jose to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density # 196 87th
Median Household Income # 177 88th
Housing Affordability Index # 483 32nd
Per Capita Income # 313 79th
Diversity Index # 270 82nd

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