These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In San Jose


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

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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:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around San Jose that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in San Jose?

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.

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1. West San Jose

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,436
Median Home Price: $726,520
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,264
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

2. Almaden Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,802
Median Home Price: $811,635
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,102
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

3. Willow Glen

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,863
Median Home Price: $675,902
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,151
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

4. Cambrian Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,495
Median Home Price: $643,341
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,481
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

5. Berryessa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,213
Median Home Price: $558,324
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,220
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

6. Evergreen

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,233
Median Home Price: $651,337
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,552
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

7. Rose Garden

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,852
Median Home Price: $626,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,619
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

8. Santa Teresa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,672
Median Home Price: $526,038
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,007
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

9. Blossom Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,482
Median Home Price: $489,130
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,322
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%

10. Downtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,378
Median Home Price: $489,566
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,570
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%

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:

  1. Buena Vista
  2. Fairgrounds
  3. East San Jose

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Jose

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
West San Jose 1 97,436 $726,520 1,264 5.4%
Almaden Valley 2 40,802 $811,635 1,102 5.1%
Willow Glen 3 71,863 $675,902 1,151 6.5%
Cambrian Park 4 70,495 $643,341 1,481 6.5%
Berryessa 5 34,213 $558,324 2,220 6.4%
Evergreen 6 75,233 $651,337 1,552 6.6%
Rose Garden 7 12,852 $626,600 1,619 6.1%
Santa Teresa 8 51,672 $526,038 2,007 6.5%
Blossom Valley 9 68,482 $489,130 2,322 7.4%
Downtown 10 75,378 $489,566 2,570 8.2%
North San Jose 11 19,047 $373,667 2,467 5.2%
North Valley 12 74,373 $398,762 3,021 8.1%
Edenvale-Seven Trees 13 37,450 $393,317 3,295 9.0%
Burbank 14 5,474 $438,617 2,827 7.2%
Alum Rock-East Foothills 15 37,727 $437,539 2,948 7.2%
East San Jose 16 106,689 $379,193 3,360 8.2%
Fairgrounds 17 49,833 $341,372 3,348 8.0%
Buena Vista 18 1,091 $377,433 3,444 7.7%

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