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Where are the 'yay areas' in the San Jose Bay Area? Keep reading, you're about to find out.
We think that San Jose is one of the best cities in America: it's one of a kind. And this is quite an honor considering it's currently one of the biggest cities in the country. What we really think makes this city so great, however, is that it has San Francisco and Oakland in its backyard and the Pacific Ocean to the West; so, we couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in this NorCal gem. That's where HomeSnacks, the experts at scientifically ranking places, comes in: we've created a list of the best neighborhoods in San Jose for 2022 and listed them below.
If the home to the San Jose Sharks is on your radar for 2022, you're going to need a couple of things to fall into place if you want to live in one of this city's best neighborhoods. First, to live in most of the places that made this list, you're going to have to make at least $92,810/year-especially in one of San Jose's best neighborhoods, Cambrian Park, where homes on average cost $609,556.
Incidentally, San Jose is also one of the most diverse cities in California and this usually equates to great food and cultural experiences for all; and, folks, these gold star qualities are definitely evident in one of San Jose's best neighborhoods, Willow Glen. Matter of fact, this great San Jose neighborhood is home to the Assyrian Food Festival every year.
And while Cambrian Park and Willow Glen are definitely great little corners of San Jose, they are not the best; so, if you want to know what neighborhood is number one, you're going to have to look below.
Since HomeSnacks is a data driven site, we turned to the numbers to produce the most accurate list of the best neighborhoods in San Jose. To get our list, we looked at the latest FBI data, Census report, and BLS for median home prices and median income for San Jose's 17 neighborhoods. We then ran each neighborhood through our Snackbility index and gave each a score based on jobs, affordability, safety, and amenities.
So, what is the best neighborhood in San Jose for 2022? According to the latest data and our index, West San Jose is number one.
To see a list of how the rest of San Jose's neighborhoods faired, give that down arrow another scroll.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose
Methodology: How We Determined The Best San Jose, CA Neighborhoods In 2022
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in San Jose, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In San Jose." We're lookin' at you, West San Jose.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places San Jose, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Jose
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in San Jose where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Jose aren't all good. Buena Vista takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in San Jose.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Best Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2022 Detailed Data
|1||West San Jose||99,862|
|13||Alum Rock-East Foothills||38,948|
|15||North San Jose||25,144|