San Jose is a global city, known around the world for its innovation, affluence, climate, and extremely expensive cost of living. Nicknamed the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose is most well-known for its extensive tech industry.
A large number of large companies are headquartered in San Jose, including Adobe, Cisco Systems, eBay, PayPal, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and the North America headquarters of Samsung, among many others. Tech giants Apple and Google both have headquarters nearby, the former in Mountain View, and later in Cupertino.
The City of San Jose has the third highest GDP per capita in the world, following Zurich, Switzerland and Oslo, Norway. The Metropolitan Are of San Jose has more millionaire and billionaire residents per capita than any other US city.
The first European settlements in San Jose were established in 1769. The city was formally founded as a farming community under the name Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe in 1777.
San Jose features hundreds of unique and stunning venues for outdoor activities. The city is home to over 200 parks with over 15,950 acres of parkland and more than 60 miles of trails, along with numerous skate and bike parks, golf courses, and dog parks.
San Jose residents produce more patents than any other city; so many, in fact, that in 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office opened a satellite office in San Jose to service Silicon Valley along with the rest of the Western US.
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose has become an area landmark. The science and technology center explores the development and history of Silicon Valley, along with its impact on the area and California in general.