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Where is San Jose, CA?

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San Jose is a city found in California, The United States Of America. It is located 37.34 latitude and -121.89 longitude and it is situated at elevation 23 meters above sea level.

San Jose has a population of 945,942 making it the 3rd biggest city in California. It operates on the PDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Los Angeles.

Quick facts

Country The United States Of America
State California
Population 945,942
Elevation 23 m over sea level
Time Zone PDT
Longitude -121.894960
Latitude 37.339390
Airports Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, San Jose International Airport

Description

 

San Jose, dubbed the capital of Silicon Valley, is located at the southern end of California's San Francisco Bay. San Jose is home to several powerhouse high-tech headquarters, including Cisco, eBay, Adobe Systems and SunPower.

The city of San Jose has a world-renowned quality of life. Like its Bay area sister cities of Oakland and San Francisco, San Jose is an expensive place to live, but it offers a collage of trendy hip areas, vintage-charm neighborhoods and new bustling shopping districts.

Founded in November 1777 as California's first civilian settlement (not a military outpost or a mission such as San Diego), San Jose has grown to be the residence of the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world.

The climate offers warm summers and very mild winters. San Jose enjoys over 300 days of constant sunshine. Its ethnic diversity, cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities give San Jose unique charm and distinct character.

Did you know?

  • San Jose is ranked as one of the safest cities in the U.S.
  • Residents of San Jose produce more U.S. patents than any other city.
  • Woz Way is a downtown street named after Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak. The famous computer company began in a San Jose garage!
  • The HP Pavilion in San Jose is one of the most active events venues in the world.

Attractions


  • Raging Waters San Jose
    On hot, sultry days Raging Waters in San Jose is the place to be with family and friends on a California vacation.

    This 23-acre water park is the number one attraction in the city. Play on the twisting, racing Dragon's Den and Shotgun Falls water slides, coast down the lazy Endless River and experience the fantastic 350,000 gallons wave pool. A dedicated kid's Activity Pool lets the little ones explore waterfalls, slides and climbing areas that are just the right size.

  • The Winchester Mystery House
    Legend has it that rifle heiress Sarah Winchester was afraid of being cursed by the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester guns. She began a construction project of great magnitude, thinking that as long as the erection of the magnificent Victorian mansion took place, she would be safe.

    Construction continued until her death, a period of 38 years. The final result is an authentic mystery house, full of mazes, secret passages, incredible architecture and other oddities from the mind of Miss Winchester. The San Jose Winchester Mystery House is a California attraction that will be remembered for years.

  • The Lick Observatory
    Situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton in the Diablo Range, east of San Jose, sits the world's first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory. Operated by the University of California, the Lick Observatory is open to the public during day time hours. Overlooking Santa Clara Valley, the Observatory offers daily guided tours of the telescopes.

    In the main building, constructed in 1888, visitors can see the displays of astral exhibits along with examples of some of the most revealing images of the universe, including our local solar system and galaxies far beyond the Milky Way.

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This page was last modified on October 2, 2015.