Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.
I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.
And while every neighbhorhood in San Jose might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.
So what exactly are those San Jose neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?
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 cheapest.
What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in San Jose for 2020? According to the most recent census data, North San Jose looks to be the cheaptest San Jose neighborhood to live in.
At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in San Jose. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.
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 cheapest to most expensive.
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How We Determined The Cheapest San Jose Hoods In 2020
In order to rank the cheapest places to live in San Jose, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.
- Overall Cost Of Living
- Rent To Income Ratio
- Median Home Value To Income Ratio
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In San Jose.” We’re lookin’ at you, North San Jose.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places San Jose. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.
The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2020
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.
The median income in North San Jose comes in at $104,535 and the median home value is $349,464 for 2020.
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.
The median income in Santa Teresa comes in at $115,527 and the median home value is $620,835 for 2020.
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.
The median income in Evergreen comes in at $128,820 and the median home value is $758,112 for 2020.
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.
The median income in Blossom Valley comes in at $99,767 and the median home value is $582,520 for 2020.
The median income in East San Jose comes in at $73,521 and the median home value is $447,349 for 2020.
The median income in North Valley comes in at $78,557 and the median home value is $499,085 for 2020.
The median income in Downtown comes in at $71,036 and the median home value is $477,611 for 2020.
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.
The median income in Berryessa comes in at $102,953 and the median home value is $646,752 for 2020.
Almaden Valley, or simply Almaden is a valley and primarily upper middle class residential neighborhood of San Jose, California, in South San Jose.
The median income in Almaden Valley comes in at $147,988 and the median home value is $954,719 for 2020.
The median income in Edenvale-Seven Trees comes in at $73,072 and the median home value is $469,583 for 2020.
Summing Up The Cheapest Places In San Jose
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in San Jose where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Jose aren’t all cheap. Burbank takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in San Jose.
We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2020
|Rank||Neighborhood||Cost Of Living Index|
|1||North San Jose||141|
|5||East San Jose||151|
|12||Alum Rock-East Foothills||159|
|17||West San Jose||198|