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The third-largest city in California and the 10-largest in the United States, San Jose, California, is the county seat of Santa Clara County. The city is situated near the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay Area and is often considered at the heart of Silicon Valley. The city's population is estimated at almost 950,000, as of 2008, with the greater metropolitan area home to more than 7 million. The city has a total area of 178.2 square miles, 3.3 of which are water. Its elevation varies quite a bit, ranging from 13 feet below sea level at the San Francisco Bay in Alviso to 4,372 feet at Copernicus Peak in Mount Hamilton. San Jose is a quite diverse city, with no one race comprising a majority. Residents here had a median household income in 2008 of more than $80,500, and San Jose homes had a median value at that time of more than $663,000.
San Jose began as a small farming city and it was the first town established in the Spanish colony Nueva California, founded in 1777 as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. At the founding of the state of California in 1850, San Jose was incorporated and served as the state's capital before it was moved to Sacramento. It remained a rural area until the post-World War II era, when it began blossoming as a suburban area. The San Jose real estate market saw the highest increase in housing during the boom era, increasing 936% between 1976 and 2001. The city lies near the San Andreas Fault.
As part of Silicon Valley, San Jose is home to a number of successful high-tech companies. Businesses with 1,000 or more employees here include Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, Cisco, SunPower and eBay, all of which have their headquarters here, plus large campuses for Flextronics, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Hitachi and Lockheed Martin. The city is served by the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, located just two miles north of downtown. Within the community, Amtrak provides service throughout the state and to other Western regions. Local commuting services include Caltrain between San Francisco and Gilroy, the ACE rail that travels to Pleasanton and Stockton, and a local light rail system that connects several San Jose neighborhoods.
Children living in San Jose are served by the vast San José Unified School District. There is also a multitude of private schools, including six Catholic schools and two Baptist high schools. Plenty of colleges serve the greater area, including the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Santa Cruz; San José State University; San Francisco State University; California State University, East Bay; Santa Clara University and Stanford University. The diverse population gives way to a number of interesting sites and festivals in the city. Some of the most popular venues include the Opera San José, the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose, the San Jose Repertory Theatre and the San Jose Museum of Art. Annually the downtown Cinequest Film Festival and the San Jose Jazz Festival are celebrated. San Jose has a Major League Soccer team, the Earthquakes, and a National Hockey League team, the Sharks. It is home to nearly a dozen museums, including the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, home to the largest Beethoven collection outside of Europe, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast, and the Tech Museum of Innovation. There are a number of local and county parks, including the Raging Waters water park and the large Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
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