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San Jose, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Jose is the 3rd largest city in California with a population of 1,040,606 as of July 1, 2018. 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 37.2967 and longitude -121.8189 in Santa Clara County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Jose (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 2411790) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with San Jose population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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, 2018)


Total Population 1,040,606
Population in Households 1,027,014
Population in Familes 860,261
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,592
Population Density2 5,893
Diversity Index3 84


Median Household Income $93,891
Average Household Income $126,081
Per Capita Income $40,244


Total Housing Units 341,638 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 186,161 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 142,621 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,856 ( 3.8%)
Median Home Value $692,392
Average Home Value $759,288


Total Households 328,782
Average Household Size 3.12
Family Households 238,571
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 race 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.08% 0.93%
Households 0.99% 0.87%
Families 0.94% 0.84%
Median Household Income   2.84%
Per Capita Income   3.13%

San Jose, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Jose to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 190 88th
Diversity Index # 224 85th
Median Household Income # 260 83rd
Per Capita Income # 403 73rd

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