About San Jose, California
San Jose is a city located in the southern part of the Bay Area in Northern California and is the county seat of Santa Clara County. With an estimated population of around 905,614 residents in 2024, San Jose is the third-largest city in California and notable for its innovation, cultural diversity, affluence, and sunny and mild Mediterranean climate. The city is known for its connection to the booming high tech industry phenomenon known as Silicon Valley, and many global tech companies, including Cisco Systems, eBay, Adobe Inc., PayPal, Broadcom, Samsung, Acer, and Zoom, maintain their headquarters in San Jose. San Jose is one of the wealthiest major cities in the world, reflecting a political propensity toward Smart Growth planning principles.
San Jose is located within the Santa Clara Valley, and the urbanized Santa Clara Valley within Santa Clara County contains most of the county’s population. The city sprawls over a broad floodplain that gradually slopes upward toward more rugged terrain to the east. San Jose is known for its semiarid climate and is home to San Jose State University and San Jose City College. The city’s economy is driven by high technology, and business, health, and engineering services are other important economic factors. The Santa Clara Valley continues to be a productive agricultural area, with major crops including greenhouse plants, cut flowers, mushrooms, and an array of fruits and vegetables.