San Jose : California

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What it's Like to Retire in San Jose

San Jose is one of California's largest cities with a population of almost 1 milllion.  It is a very affluent and prosperous city with many educational, cultural, and high-tech business resources.  San Jose State University is just one of many colleges in the area. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia; Five Wounds Church by EugeneZelenko and Egyptian Museum by Martin Pool.
 

Where to Retire in San Jose and Home Prices

There are any number of active adult communities in the San Jose region (See Active Communities link at top right).  Zillow reports the median home value to be $1,007,400 in early 2018, making it one of the priciest markets in the nation.

 

What is special about San Jose

As the heart of Silicon Valley this is a very dynamic area with wonderful proximity to San Francisco. San Jose State makes it a nice college town. It has many well-funded cultural and civic venues such as the HP Pavillion and the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. There are numerous parks including the Almaden Quicksilver County Park, which totals 4,147 acres, and the large Rosicrucian Park downtown. There are 53 miles of trails in the city.
 

What is not special about San Jose

Unfortunately, San Jose is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live.

 

Who will like retirement in San Jose

People who want to live in a large city with nice weather and cultural activities.

 

Local economy is driven by

This is the heart of Silicon Valley.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

San Jose is just south of San Francisco near the coast. It has an elevation going from just below sea level to 4,372 feet at Copernicus Peak. The city receives 300 days of sunshine a year.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are lots of interesting restaurants in this affluent area. Major cultural institutions include the HP Pavillion, the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, the Egyptian Museum, ballet, opera, and the San Jose Museum of Art, one of the nation's leading Modern Art museums. The Sharks are the local professional hockey team.
 

Crime

Crime is lower than average, a considerable accomplishment for a city of this size.
 

Medical facilities

There are numerous hospitals including Good Samaritan and Kaiser.
 

Transportation

There is rail (Amtrak and Caltrain) in addition to light rail via ACE.
 

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on San Jose.

 

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