San Jose, California

The Sunniest, Least Stressed Tech Hub In The United States

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Japantown

Young Professionals

There might not be a better city for young professionals and recent grads to live. If you’re
working in the tech industry you’re going to want to move here to drastically cut down your commute. If you’re looking to make your drive downtown easy without being directly downtown, you’ll want to check out Japantown. As one of only three Japantowns left in the US, it’s a cultural hub with amazing food, bars, and shops. There are a ton of high rises as well as townhomes and you’ll have a blast meeting people or catching up with friends at the farmers’ market every Sunday.

  • Japantown
  • Downtown
  • Willow Glen

Willow Glen

Young Families

There is a ton to love about San Jose if you’re looking to settle down (for now) and start a family. Being in San Jose means you have more time at home and less time on those famous San Francisco commuter buses. If you’re moving to the city from outside the area, we’d suggest gently turning down the advice of moving to Downtown and instead starting your search in Willow Glen. It’s a charming residential area just south of downtown, which means it feels like a big city, but will still give you those small town vibes. It’s got boutiques, bookshops, the best restaurants, and a ton of different housing options to choose from.

  • Willow Glen
  • The Alameda
  • Santana Row

Evergreen

Established Families

Families with older kids are going to have a lot to choose from depending on what you’re looking for. If you’re relocating to San Jose, our bets are that you’re relocating for work and want to make sure there’s enough house for your family. San Jose housing prices can be steep, so we’d start off in Willow Glen if you’re looking to stay closer to town or Evergreen if you want an oasis away from tech central. Evergreen features affordable, by San Jose standards, housing with parks, sports courts, hiking trails, and playgrounds. It’s on the Eastside, though, so double check that commute!

  • Evergreen
  • Willow Glen
  • Silver Creek