San Jose is a city located in Santa Clara County California. San Jose has a 2023 population of 930,862. It is also the county seat of Santa Clara County.San Jose is currently declining at a rate of -2.71% annually and its population has decreased by -7.92% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,010,908 in 2020.
The average household income in San Jose is $162,521 with a poverty rate of 7.67%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in San Jose is 37.5 years, 36.5 years for males, and 38.5 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.
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 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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of San Jose was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 87.42%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 51.41%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
42.1% of San Jose residents speak only English, while 57.9% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 32.98% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in San Jose is Native, with 22.98% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in San Jose is White, with 6.27% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.25%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.58%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in San Jose
61.12% of San Jose residents were born in the United States, with 48.09% having been born in California. 17.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.