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


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

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Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in San Jose.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In San Jose

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 2019? 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 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in San Jose, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • 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 2019

North San Jose San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,144
Cost Of Living Index: 141 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.3 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (5th cheapest)
More on North San Jose: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

Santa Teresa San Jose, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 55,095
Cost Of Living Index: 174 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (7th cheapest)
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.

The median income in Santa Teresa comes in at $115,527 and the median home value is $620,835 for 2019.

Evergreen San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 76,963
Cost Of Living Index: 188 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (2nd cheapest)
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.

The median income in Evergreen comes in at $128,820 and the median home value is $758,112 for 2019.

Blossom Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 70,687
Cost Of Living Index: 167 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.8 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (8th cheapest)
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.

The median income in Blossom Valley comes in at $99,767 and the median home value is $582,520 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 114,567
Cost Of Living Index: 151 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (13th cheapest)
More on East San Jose: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in East San Jose comes in at $73,521 and the median home value is $447,349 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 78,071
Cost Of Living Index: 157 (7th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.4 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (11th cheapest)
More on North Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in North Valley comes in at $78,557 and the median home value is $499,085 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 87,113
Cost Of Living Index: 153 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.7 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (12th cheapest)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Downtown comes in at $71,036 and the median home value is $477,611 for 2019.

Berryessa San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,515
Cost Of Living Index: 177 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.3 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (10th cheapest)
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.

The median income in Berryessa comes in at $102,953 and the median home value is $646,752 for 2019.

Almaden Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,132
Cost Of Living Index: 208 (18th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.5 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (1st cheapest)
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.

The median income in Almaden Valley comes in at $147,988 and the median home value is $954,719 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 41,443
Cost Of Living Index: 156 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.4 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (15th cheapest)
More on Edenvale-Seven Trees: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Edenvale-Seven Trees comes in at $73,072 and the median home value is $469,583 for 2019.

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 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 North San Jose 141
2 Santa Teresa 174
3 Evergreen 188
4 Blossom Valley 167
5 East San Jose 151
6 North Valley 157
7 Downtown 153
8 Berryessa 177
9 Almaden Valley 208
10 Edenvale-Seven Trees 156
11 Cambrian Park 189
12 Alum Rock-East Foothills 159
13 Fairgrounds 145
14 Willow Glen 189
15 Rose Garden 183
16 Buena Vista 146
17 West San Jose 198
18 Burbank 163

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