San Jose, California Population 2021

1,009,340
map placeholder

San Jose is a city located in Santa Clara County California. It is also the county seat of Santa Clara County. With a 2020 population of 1,009,340, it is the 3rd largest city in California (after and ) and the 11th largest city in the United States . San Jose is currently declining at a rate of -0.61% annually but its population has increased by 6.70% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 945,942 in 2010. San Jose reached it's highest population of 1,032,340 in 2017. Spanning over 181 miles, San Jose has a population density of 5,677 people per square mile.

The average household income in San Jose is $142,635 with a poverty rate of 8.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $2,107 per month, and the median house value is $864,600. The median age in San Jose is 36.7 years, 35.7 years for males, and 37.9 years for females.

San Jose is the third-largest city in the state of 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.

San Jose Diversity and Religion Statistics

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 proportion being the Roman Catholic Church (26%). About 3.8% of the population practice an Eastern religion, which is seven times the national average. About 1% of the population adheres to Islam.

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 outsiders had pegged it 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.

Groups of Ohlone Native Americans first inhabited the San Jose area. 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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of San Jose was:

  • White: 39.91%
  • Asian: 35.91%
  • Other race: 14.82%
  • Two or more races: 5.35%
  • Black or African American: 3.00%
  • Native American: 0.56%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.46%
The current population of San Jose, California is 1,009,340 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 1,028,020.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 945,942.

San Jose, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20211,984,370-3,150-0.16%
20201,987,520-3,140-0.16%
20191,990,660-3,140-0.16%
20181,993,8001,1300.06%
20171,992,6705,0800.25%
20161,987,59013,0900.66%
20151,974,50024,9201.26%
20141,949,58025,9201.33%
20131,923,66029,2101.52%
20121,894,45026,4201.39%
20111,868,03026,4701.42%
20101,841,5600.00%

San Jose Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White410,16839.91%
Asian369,05735.91%
Some Other Race152,29314.82%
Two or More Races54,9375.35%
Black or African American30,8133.00%
American Indian and Alaska Native5,7260.56%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4,6960.46%
Loading...

San Jose Population by Race

San Jose Population Pyramid $2021

Loading...

San Jose Median Age

36.7


Total

35.7


Male

37.9


Female

San Jose Adults

There are 797,092 adults, (128,611 of whom are seniors) in San Jose.

San Jose Age Dependency

53.7

Age Dependency Ratio

19.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.5

Child Dependency Ratio

San Jose Sex Ratio

Female

508,982

49.53%

Male

518,708

50.47%

San Jose Population by Age

San Jose Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Loading...

San Jose Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.6%32.4%
All56.8%43.2%
Male47.9%52.1%
Female42.6%57.4%
Non Family42.4%57.6%

56.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

San Jose Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All325,1143.1256.8
Married180,8593.6867.6
Non Family87,5721.5142.4
Female37,3193.8142.6
Male19,3643.7447.9

3.57

Average Family Size

3.12

Average Household Size

Loading...

San Jose Households by Type

Loading...
Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade64,4149.12%
9th to 12th Grade44,3096.28%
High School Graduate116,86616.55%
Some College118,57016.80%
Associates Degree53,0097.51%
Bachelors Degree181,18525.67%
Graduate Degree127,57518.07%
Loading...

San Jose Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

San Jose Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian268,982234,015150,429
White208,119198,783112,427
Hispanic188,751127,33330,014
Other Race89,69855,1039,378
2+ Races23,17920,7699,575
Black21,13019,3977,496
Native American3,8382,930493
Islander3,1952,728669

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.51%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 55.93%.

San Jose Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Name Average Male Female
Overall$54,750$64,694$45,607
Less Than 9th Grade$27,532$32,292$21,828
High School Graduate$34,964$39,090$29,860
Some College$46,115$53,142$40,405
Bachelors Degree$80,872$100,118$63,767
Graduate Degree$116,281$137,519$86,722

$54,750

Average Earnings

$64,694

Average Male

$45,607

Average Female

San Jose Earnings by Educational Attainment

San Jose Language by Age

Loading...

San Jose Language

42.77% of San Jose residents speak only English, while 57.23% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 26.02% of the population.

San Jose Language

San Jose Poverty by Race

Loading...
Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic320,69736,21911.29%
Asian366,69729,0927.93%
Other150,76219,66613.04%
White261,37515,7936.04%
Multiple53,9754,7508.80%
Black30,0413,72612.40%
Native5,67878413.81%
Islander4,6334539.78%

8.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.92%

Male Poverty Rate

9.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in San Jose

The race most likely to be in poverty in San Jose is Native, with 13.81% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in San Jose is White, with 6.04% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.19%.

San Jose Poverty

Loading...
Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.17%
High School10.89%
Some College6.85%
Bachelors or Greater3.44%

San Jose Poverty Rate by Education

Loading...
Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed23.23%
Female Unemployed21.63%
Female Employed4.90%
Male Employed3.73%

San Jose Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

San Jose Income by Household Type

Loading...
Name Median Mean
Households$109,593$142,635
Families$123,291$156,042
Married Families$145,642$176,725
Non Families$66,671$95,676
Loading...

Income by Household Type

San Jose Marital Status

Loading...

Marriage Rates

51.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.8%

Male Marriage Rate

50.1%

Female Marriage Rate

San Jose Married by Age and Sex

Loading...

San Jose Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

San Jose Marital Status by Race

Loading...

San Jose Marital Status

Loading...

26,296

Number of Veterans

24,257

Male Veterans

2,039

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam9,768
First Gulf War4,415
Second Gulf War3,738
Korea2,614
World War II876

San Jose Veterans by War

Loading...
Age Group Veterans
75+7,492
65 to 746,827
35 to 545,263
55 to 644,393
18 to 342,321

San Jose Veterans by Age

Loading...
Name Veterans % of Total
White17,4235.30%
Hispanic5,3162.36%
Asian4,1141.38%
Other Race1,7031.58%
Black1,5216.17%
2+ Races9773.30%
Native American3056.74%
Islander2536.87%

San Jose Veterans by Race

San Jose Veterans by Education

Loading...

6.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

San Jose Veterans by Education

Loading...

68.4%

Labor Force Participation

65.1%

Employment Rate

4.7%

Unemployment Rate

San Jose Employment by Age

Loading...

San Jose Employment by Race

Loading...

San Jose Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Loading...

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Loading...

46.71%

Born in San Jose

60.26%

Native Born

39.74%

Foreign Born

17.16%

Non Citizen

22.58%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

60.26% of San Jose residents were born in the United States, with 46.71% having been born in California. 17.16% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

San Jose Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20211,009,340-6,230-0.61%
20201,015,570-6,230-0.61%
20191,021,800-6,220-0.61%
20181,028,020-4,320-0.42%
20171,032,3402,1000.20%
20161,030,2404,2600.42%
20151,025,98011,7101.15%
20141,014,27012,9901.30%
20131,001,28017,7501.80%
2012983,53013,1611.36%
2011970,36915,4291.62%
2010954,94059,9970.65%
2000894,943112,6951.35%
1990782,248152,7172.20%
1980629,531169,6183.19%
1970459,913255,7178.46%
1960204,196108,9167.92%
195095,28026,8233.36%
194068,45710,8061.73%
193057,65118,0093.82%
192039,64210,6963.19%
191028,9467,4463.02%
190021,5003,4401.76%
189018,0605,4933.69%
188012,5673,4783.29%
18709,0890.00%

San Jose Population by Year