The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In San Jose For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Jose are the safest places to live.

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

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in San Jose are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in San Jose. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which San Jose neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in San Jose in 2020? That would be Evergreen. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in San Jose.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all San Jose neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest San Jose Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in San Jose.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In San Jose.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Evergreen.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places San Jose. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2020

Evergreen San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 76,963
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,469
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 violent crime per 100K people in Evergreen comes in at 167 and the property crime per capita is 1,469 for 2020.

Berryessa San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,515
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,477
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 violent crime per 100K people in Berryessa comes in at 178 and the property crime per capita is 1,477 for 2020.

Cambrian Park San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 71,889
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 162
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,673
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cambrian Park comes in at 162 and the property crime per capita is 1,673 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 99,862
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 214
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,544
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in West San Jose comes in at 214 and the property crime per capita is 1,544 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,274
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 304
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,634
More on Burbank: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Burbank comes in at 304 and the property crime per capita is 1,634 for 2020.

Almaden Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,132
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,786
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 violent crime per 100K people in Almaden Valley comes in at 201 and the property crime per capita is 1,786 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 41,443
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 328
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,833
More on Edenvale-Seven Trees: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Edenvale-Seven Trees comes in at 328 and the property crime per capita is 1,833 for 2020.

Blossom Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 70,687
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 314
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,129
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 violent crime per 100K people in Blossom Valley comes in at 314 and the property crime per capita is 2,129 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 78,071
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 357
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,316
More on North Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North Valley comes in at 357 and the property crime per capita is 2,316 for 2020.

Willow Glen San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 74,025
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 409
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,155
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Willow Glen comes in at 409 and the property crime per capita is 2,155 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In San Jose

Looking at the data, you can tell that Evergreen is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Evergreen 1,636
2 Berryessa 1,655
3 Cambrian Park 1,835
4 West San Jose 1,758
5 Burbank 1,938
6 Almaden Valley 1,987
7 Edenvale-Seven Trees 2,161
8 Blossom Valley 2,443
9 North Valley 2,673
10 Willow Glen 2,564
11 Alum Rock-East Foothills 2,704
12 Santa Teresa 2,864
13 East San Jose 2,863
14 Rose Garden 3,840
15 Buena Vista 3,532
16 North San Jose 4,879
17 Fairgrounds 4,532
18 Downtown 6,541

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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