Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown San Jose, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all San Jose neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in San Jose are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in San Jose for 2018:
- West San Jose (Homes)
- Almaden Valley (Homes)
- Willow Glen (Homes)
- Cambrian Park (Homes)
- Berryessa (Homes)
- Blossom Valley (Homes)
- Evergreen (Homes)
- Rose Garden (Homes)
- Santa Teresa (Homes)
- North San Jose (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Jose that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in San Jose.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in San Jose for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in San Jose, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In San Jose.’ We’re lookin’ at you, West San Jose.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places San Jose has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. West San Jose
Median Income: $98,309
Median Home Value: $679,757
West San Jose is the westernmost neighborhood in San Jose, California. The area of West San Jose is bounded on the north by the city of Santa Clara, on the east by San Tomas Expressway, on the south by Prospect Road, and on the west by De Anza Boulevard. The eastern boundary of San Jose City Council District 1 is at State Route 17.
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2. Almaden Valley
Median Income: $136,266
Median Home Value: $817,612
3. Willow Glen
Median Income: $96,972
Median Home Value: $657,594
Willow Glen is a neighborhood of San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. The neighborhood has walkable tree-lined streets, diverse architecture, specialty shops, and independent businesses. The historic downtown on Lincoln Avenue between Willow Street and Minnesota Avenue is a well-known downtown community, with a variety of restaurants and shops.
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4. Cambrian Park
Median Income: $103,851
Median Home Value: $653,548
Cambrian Park is a neighborhood and census-designated place in San Jose, California, in West San Jose. Cambrian Park was never incorporated as a town, and much of the neighborhood is now part of the incorporated city of San Jose.
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Median Income: $98,484
Median Home Value: $566,300
The Berryessa District or North Valley in San Jose, California is located in the northeast portion of the city, between Coyote Creek and the Diablo Range foothills. The district borders Milpitas along Landess Avenue to the north and the Alum Rock neighborhood of East San Jose along Mabury Road to the south. The name comes from a member of the prominent BasqueSpanish Berreyesa family: Nicolas Berreyesa, a Californio settler who was granted Rancho Milpitas in 1834. The residential neighborhood is part of the Fourth City Council District, along with Alviso, and was represented by Chuck Reed prior to his election as Mayor of San Jose. The district representative is now Lan Diep.
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6. Blossom Valley
Median Income: $94,602
Median Home Value: $492,632
Blossom Valley is a neighborhood in the southern region of San Jose, California, northeast of the Los Capitancillos Ridge that separates it from Almaden Valley. It is located east of Cambrian and northeast of Almaden neighborhoods. It is just northeast of the Santa Teresa Hills and the Almaden Valley. Neighborhoods within Blossom Valley include Erikson, Thousand Oaks, and Pinehurst at, respectively, the southwest, northwest, and northeast quadrants of Pearl Avenue and Branham Lane.
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Median Income: $124,315
Median Home Value: $655,927
Evergreen is a neighborhood and district of San Jose, California, in Eastside San Jose. Evergreen is bounded by Tully Road to the north, Capitol Expressway to the west, San Felipe Road to the south and the East Foothills neighborhood on the eastern edge.
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8. Rose Garden
Median Income: $81,725
Median Home Value: $621,464
9. Santa Teresa
Median Income: $108,886
Median Home Value: $524,812
Santa Teresa is a neighborhood in the south of San Jose, California, United States. It is east of Almaden Valley, surrounding Santa Teresa Boulevard, with access to Highway 85. Santa Teresa County Park borders the neighborhood.
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10. North San Jose
Median Income: $98,033
Median Home Value: $308,336
The North San Jose Innovation District is a northern district of San Jose, California. The area is home to numerous headquarters and campuses of high tech companies and an important innovation hub for Silicon Valley.
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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of San Jose
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in San Jose where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in San Jose:
- Buena Vista
- Edenvale-Seven Trees
For more reading, check out:
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Jose
|1||West San Jose||100,249|
|10||North San Jose||20,889|
|12||Alum Rock-East Foothills||38,489|
|13||East San Jose||110,984|