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Best Cities 2010: San Jose, CA

City: San Jose

State: California

Best Cities Overall Rank: 63

About San Jose:

San Jose was recognized by Cranium Inc. as one of the top three "funnest" cities in America, where people can enjoy live music at local parks or visit one of San Jose's numerous museums, such as the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium. 

San Jose has six Blue Ribbon schools, 12 NAEYC-Accredited preschools and a graduation rate of 86.1 percent

County: Santa Clara

Population: 948,279

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: San Jose Mercury News 

San Jose blogs:

aPARENTly Speaking

The San Jose Blog

Silicon Valley Moms Blog

San Jose's Facebook page: Follow San Jose on Facebook 

San Jose's Twitter page: Follow San Jose on Twitter 


Education rank: 91

High School graduation rate 2008: 86.1%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 6

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.63

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 12

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.26

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 20.5

Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,436


Health rank: 90

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 5

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.53

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.66


Safety rank: 13

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3,643

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 384.17

Sex Offenders: 1,235

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 130.24


Economy rank: 72           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 25.7             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.4           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 733.12

Median Home Sale Price:  $454,400                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -4.54%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 36.03%           


Recreation Rank: 88

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,770           

Parkland per 100,000: 397.56