San Jose Population 2017

It is estimated that San Jose, California surpassed the one million mark in 2014, reaching an estimated population of 1,000,536, according to the California Department of Finance. The larger urban area has an estimated population of 1.89 million, with a metropolitan population of 1.97 million. The San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area (CSA) has a much larger population of 8.37 million.

San Jose Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of San Jose was:

  • White: 42.8% (non-Hispanic: 28.7%)
  • Asian: 32.0% (10.4% Vietnamese, 6.7% Chinese, 5.6% Filipino, 4.6% Indian, 1.2% Korean, 1.2% Japanese, 0.3% Cambodian, 0.2% Thai, 0.2% Pakistani, 0.2% Laotian)
  • African American: 3.2%
  • Native American: 0.9%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.4%
  • Other races: 15.7%
  • Two or more races: 5.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 33.2%

The largest Hispanic group was Mexicans, accounting for 28.2% of the city's population, followed by Salvadorans (0.7%), and Puerto Ricans (0.5%).

Around 44% of the population has a religious affiliation, with the largest being the Roman Catholic Church (26%). About 3.8% of the population practices an Eastern religion, which is seven times the national average. About 1% of the population adheres to Islam.

San Jose History

The San Jose area was first inhabited by groups of Ohlone Native Americans. The first European settlement began with Franciscan missions established in 1769. San Jose was founded as Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe (for Saint Joseph) in 1777 as a farming community.

In 1821, San Jose came under Mexican rule, and then became part of the United States. It became the second city to incorporate in California in 1850, and it was California's first state capital.

San Jose Population Growth

San Jose is the largest city in Santa Clara County, which was recently named as the fastest growing county in California, with much of its growth attributed to young tech workers who are attracted to the region. In 2012, the county's population grew 1.6%, and another 1.7% in 2013.

San Jose hit the one million resident mark at the beginning of 2014, which is an important milestone as the city has long struggled with its identity and it had been pegged by outsiders as a run-of-the-mill giant suburb. San Jose had already brushed the million mark before in 2009 before its population declined, but it is expected to stick this time. San Jose's current population is far behind San Diego (1.3 million) and Los Angeles (3.9 million), but it is closing in on Dallas, with its population of 1.2 million people.

Year Population Change
2015 1,026,908 8.60%
2010 945,942 5.70%
2000 894,943 14.40%
1990 782,248 24.30%
1980 629,531 36.90%
1970 459,913 125.20%
1960 204,196 114.30%
1950 95,280 39.20%
1940 68,457 18.70%
1930 57,651 45.40%
1920 39,642 37.00%
1910 28,946 34.60%
1900 21,500 19.00%
1890 18,060 43.70%
1880 12,567 38.30%
1870 9,089 0.00%

San Jose Population in 2017 Source: Eugene Zelenko

San Jose Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 446,860 45.31%
Black or African American 31,180 3.16%
American Indian and Alaska Native 6,236 0.63%
Asian 327,854 33.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 3,427 0.35%
Some Other Race 123,550 12.53%
Two or More Races 47,213 4.79%

Population Pyramid