City of San Jose, Capitol of Silicon Valley

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The City of San Jose is not only the 3rd largest city in California, but also the 10th largest city in the United States. Founded on November 29, 1777, San Jose was the first civilian town in the Spanish colony of Nueva California. Early on San Jose was a farming community that supported the Spanish military installations of San Francisco and Monterey.

In 1821, after Mexico broke with the Spanish crown, San Jose came under Mexican control.  In 1846  there was an armed conflict between the United States (known as the Mexican-American War) and during the next year and a half, American forces occupied New Mexico, California and parts of Mexico. In 1850 California officially became a state and San Jose served as it’s first capital.

For over 100 years San Jose remained a relatively small farming community until American veterans returned home from World War II. At that point San Jose began to experience rapid population growth and continued this dynamic growth into the 1950s and 1960s by appropriating undeveloped land near the San Francisco Bay.

Rapid growth of local technology and electronics industries (mainly FMC & IBM) further accelerated the transition from San Jose’s agricultural base to a sophisticated metropolitan city, and people started calling San Jose the Capitol of Silicon Valley. And by 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the City of San Jose’s population to be almost 950,000.

San Jose’s climate is subtropical, similar to the Mediterranean with lots of sunshine and an annual mean temperature of 60.5 degrees.

Because San Jose is inland and surrounded on three sides by mountains, it is sheltered from the rain and has an average rainfall of 15.82 inches. Compare that to other parts of the Bay Area which sometimes receive three times as much precipitation.

The City of San Jose’s top 10 employers are; County of Santa Clara, CISCO Systems, IBM, City of San Jose, San Jose State University, Brocade Communications Systems, EBay, Hitachi, San Jose Unified School District and Xilinx.

Colleges and Universities

San Jose State University, National Hispanic UniversityCalifornia University of Management and Technology, Lincoln Law School of San Jose, University of Silicon Valley Law School, National University and Golden Gate University.

Community Colleges

San Jose City College, West Valley College, Mission College, Evergreen Valley College, and Palmer College of Chiropractic.

When it comes to sports, San Jose is the home of the San Jose Sharks (hockey), the San Jose Earthquakes (soccer), the San Jose Giants (baseball), the San Jose SaberCats (football) and the Real San Jose (National Premier Soccer League).

San Jose possesses about 15,950 acres of parkland in its city limits, including:

San Jose is also home to many performing arts companies, including


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