The 10 Best San Jose, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Jose are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in San Jose.
Best Neighborhoods In San Jose

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 2019:

  1. West San Jose (Homes)
  2. Almaden Valley (Homes)
  3. Cambrian Park (Homes)
  4. Blossom Valley (Homes)
  5. Willow Glen (Homes)
  6. Berryessa (Homes)
  7. Evergreen (Homes)
  8. Santa Teresa (Homes)
  9. Rose Garden (Homes)
  10. North Valley (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in San Jose for 2019? According to the most recent census data, West San Jose looks to be the best San Jose neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best San Jose hoods in 2019

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 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, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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10
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Population: 99,862
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $850,944 (2nd best)
Median Income: $107,156 (5th best)
More on West San Jose: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Almaden Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
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Population: 41,132
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $954,719 (1st best)
Median Income: $147,988 (1st best)
More on Almaden Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Almaden Valley, or simply Almaden is a valley and primarily upper middle class residential neighborhood of San Jose, California, in South San Jose.

Cambrian Park San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
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Population: 71,889
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $764,122 (4th best)
Median Income: $111,931 (4th best)
More on Cambrian Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Blossom Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
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Population: 70,687
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $582,520 (9th best)
Median Income: $99,767 (9th best)
More on Blossom Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Willow Glen San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
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Population: 74,025
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $776,100 (3rd best)
Median Income: $104,625 (6th best)
More on Willow Glen: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Berryessa San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
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Population: 34,515
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $646,752 (7th best)
Median Income: $102,953 (8th best)
More on Berryessa: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Evergreen San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 76,963
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $758,112 (5th best)
Median Income: $128,820 (2nd best)
More on Evergreen: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Santa Teresa San Jose, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 55,095
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $620,835 (8th best)
Median Income: $115,527 (3rd best)
More on Santa Teresa: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,514
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $728,821 (6th best)
Median Income: $95,382 (10th best)
More on Rose Garden: Homes For Sale | Data

Rose Garden, also known as Rosegarden, is a historic residential and cultural neighborhood in San Jose, California, near Downtown San Jose.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 78,071
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $499,085 (11th best)
Median Income: $78,557 (11th best)
More on North Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Jose aren’t all good. Buena Vista takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in San Jose.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 West San Jose 99,862 $850,944 $107,156
2 Almaden Valley 41,132 $954,719 $147,988
3 Cambrian Park 71,889 $764,122 $111,931
4 Blossom Valley 70,687 $582,520 $99,767
5 Willow Glen 74,025 $776,100 $104,625
6 Berryessa 34,515 $646,752 $102,953
7 Evergreen 76,963 $758,112 $128,820
8 Santa Teresa 55,095 $620,835 $115,527
9 Rose Garden 13,514 $728,821 $95,382
10 North Valley 78,071 $499,085 $78,557
11 Edenvale-Seven Trees 41,443 $469,583 $73,072
12 Burbank 5,274 $556,183 $57,932
13 Alum Rock-East Foothills 38,948 $497,323 $77,166
14 Downtown 87,113 $477,611 $71,036
15 North San Jose 25,144 $349,464 $104,535
16 East San Jose 114,567 $447,349 $73,521
17 Fairgrounds 55,586 $409,460 $56,502
18 Buena Vista 1,423 $420,833 $44,822

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