San Jose, California Population 2018

San Jose is the third-largest city in California and the 10th largest in the United States. It is also the largest city in Northern California, located in the greater Bay Area. The population of San Jose just passed the 1 million mark in 2014.

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 Growth Growth Rate
20171,035,3173,3750.33%
20161,031,9424,3820.43%
20151,027,56010,8521.07%
20141,016,70812,9731.29%
20131,003,73518,0131.83%
2012985,72214,3701.48%
2011971,35216,0971.69%
2010955,25560,3126.74%
2000894,943112,69514.41%
1990782,248152,71724.26%
1980629,531169,61836.88%
1970459,913255,717125.23%
1960204,196108,916114.31%
195095,28026,82339.18%
194068,45710,80618.74%
193057,65118,00945.43%
192039,64210,69636.95%
191028,9467,44634.63%
190021,5003,44019.05%
189018,0605,49343.71%
188012,5673,47838.27%
18709,0890.00%

San Jose Population in 2018Source: By Adam Schultz (Flickr: IMG_0934) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White425,883
Asian344,188
Some Other Race148,307
Two or More Races50,127
Black or African American31,096
American Indian and Alaska Native5,285
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4,477

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

San Jose Population Pyramid 2018

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San Jose Median Age

36.1


Total

35.2


Male

37.2


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 792,018 adults in San Jose.

San Jose Age Dependency

53.7

Age Dependency Ratio

17.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

San Jose Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.2
Houses Without Mortgage
46,802
Houses With Mortgage
134,320
Vacancy Rate
3.3
Median Rent
1,689
Median Home Value
658,000
Renter-Occupied Units
136,195
Owner-Occupied Units
181,122
Total Housing Units
328,185

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in San Jose for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5% and the labor force participation rate is 67.7%.

San Jose Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
3.13
Average Family Size
3.59
Total Households
317317
Married Couple Households
175752
Male Householder (no wife) Families
18946
Female Householder (no husband) Families
38705
Non Family Households
83914
Total Families
233403
Households With Own Children
112329
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
5.8
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.4

San Jose Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
11,840
$10,000 to $14,999
12,034
$15,000 to $24,999
19,553
$25,000 to $34,999
18,746
$35,000 to $49,999
28,814
$50,000 to $74,999
44,220
$75,000 to $99,999
37,380
$100,000 to $149,999
59,671
$150,000 to $199,999
36,043
Over $200,000
49,016

San Jose Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

San Jose

California

$90,303

$63,783

$116,520

$91,149

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

San Jose Education Data

San Jose Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
66,6899.81%
9th to 12th Grade
49,6807.31%
High School Graduate
118,30917.40%
Some College
121,34617.85%
Associates Degree
50,7117.46%
Bachelors Degree
165,59624.36%
Graduate Degree
107,54715.82%