Working and Living in San Jose
San Jose and the Silicon Valley are a major part of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region that is the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States. If you are on temporary assignment or relocating to the San Jose area you will find why Money Magazine named it one of the Best Places to Live in 2006. San Jose has a rich historical heritage starting with being the first town in the Spanish colony Nueva California and then becoming California’s first capital when gaining statehood in 1850.
San Jose and the surrounding area has a lot to offer if you are being relocated or on temporary assignment to the San Jose area. For over 150 years San Jose was a small farming community surrounded by fields of cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes. San Jose and the surrounding area grew in the 1950’s and 1960’s and then with rapid growth of the high-tech industry in the 90’s became the booming center of the technological industry and received it’s nickname, Capital of Silicon Valley. San Jose has much to offer other than being home to the innovative technology firms that we will explore below:
Location and Weather: San Jose is situated close to the Pacific Ocean and to San Francisco Bay. The Santa Clara Valley is the population center of the Bay Area with surrounding communities situated between four distinct valleys. The four valleys are the Almaden Valley, south of the city; Evergreen Valley to the south-east, which is very hilly; Santa Clara Valley, which is the urban expanse in the South Bay; and the more rural Coyote Valley, in the extreme south of the city. San Jose has a typical Bay Area climate; which is a subtropical Mediterranean with San Jose boasting 300 days of sunshine a year with an average daily temperature of 73?F annually. Living in the San Jose area you are close to San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Monterey, and many other great areas to explore.
History and Landmarks: San Jose is known for a diversity of cultural landmarks and has something to fit everyone’s taste. They include the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, History Park at Kelley Park, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Plaza de César Chávez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Mexican Heritage Plaza, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Lick Observatory, Hayes Mansion, HP Pavilion at San Jose, De Anza Hotel, San Jose Improv, San Jose Municipal Stadium, Spartan Stadium, Japantown San Jose, Winchester Mystery House, Raging Waters, Circle of Palms Plaza, San Jose City Hall, San Jose Flea Market, and The Tech Museum of Innovation. You can find many ways to spend your leisure hours in San Jose from recreational pursuits to cultural landmarks.
High-Tech Companies: San Jose and surrounding area is headquarters for some of the leading high-tech companies in the United States with over 1,000 employees, including, Adobe, Altera, Apple, Brocade Communications Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, eBay, Oracle, Sanmina-SCIand Xilinx, as well as major facilities for Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Kaiser Permanente and KLA Tencor. Other large companies based in San Jose include Altera, Atmel, CEVA, Cypress Semiconductor, Echelon, Integrated Device Technology, Micrel, Netgear, Novellus Systems, Oclaro, Quantum, SunPower, Supermicro, Tessera Technologies, TiVo, Ultratech, and VeriFone.
Top Universities: San Jose is home to several top colleges and universities. The largest is San Jose State University, which is the founding campus of the California State University (CSU) system. The Bay Area is home to three Division 1 Football Teams, including San Jose State, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley.
Culture: San Jose is home to many performing art companies including, Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose, Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose, the San Jose Youth Symphony, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, City Lights Theatre Company, The Tabard Theatre Company, and the San Jose Stage Company. San Jose is also home to the San Jose Museum of Art, one of the nations premier modern art museums. The San Jose area is known for film events such as the Cinequest Film Festival that has become a major screening ground for important independent films. The San Jose area is also known for hosting many musical events; the San Jose Jazz Festival, The Mountain Winery music series, along with the HP Pavilion being an active venue featuring everything from comedy to sports.
Recreation: The San Jose area has many parks, gardens, trails, and outdoor recreational sites to enjoy by foot or bicycle, including, Almaden Quicksilver County park, Alum Rock Park, Emma Prusch Farm Park, Circle of Palms Plaza, Kelley Park, Overfelt Gardens, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Raging Waters, Rosicrucian Park, the San Jose flea Market, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden and Winchester Mystery House. San Jose parks offer over 53 miles of trials throughout the City, Major trials include: Coyote Creek Trial, Guadalupe River Trail, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Los Alamitos Creek Trail, Penitencia Creek Trail, and the Silver Creek Valley Trail. More information is available through the City of San Jose trail network website.
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