The 10 Cheapest San Jose, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in San Jose are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in San Jose might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those San Jose neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in San Jose are the cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in San Jose for 2022? According to the most recent census data, North San Jose looks to be the cheaptest San Jose neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in San Jose. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around San Jose that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in San Jose.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2022

North San Jose San Jose, CA

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Population: 25,144
Cost Of Living Index: 142 (cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.3 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (5th cheapest)
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Santa Teresa San Jose, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 55,095
Cost Of Living Index: 179 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (7th cheapest)
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Evergreen San Jose, CA

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Population: 76,963
Cost Of Living Index: 190 (13th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (2nd cheapest)
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Blossom Valley San Jose, CA

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Population: 70,687
Cost Of Living Index: 172 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.8 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (8th cheapest)
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Population: 78,071
Cost Of Living Index: 161 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.4 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (11th cheapest)
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Berryessa San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 34,515
Cost Of Living Index: 182 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.3 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (10th cheapest)
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Population: 87,113
Cost Of Living Index: 157 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.7 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (12th cheapest)
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Population: 41,443
Cost Of Living Index: 161 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.4 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (14th cheapest)
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Almaden Valley San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
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Population: 41,132
Cost Of Living Index: 211 (17th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.5 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (cheapest)
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Cambrian Park San Jose, CA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 71,889
Cost Of Living Index: 191 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.8 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (3rd cheapest)
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Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest San Jose Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in San Jose, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In San Jose." We're lookin' at you, North San Jose.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places San Jose. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In San Jose

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in San Jose where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Jose aren't all cheap. Burbank takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in San Jose.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In San Jose For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 North San Jose 142
2 Santa Teresa 179
3 Evergreen 190
4 Blossom Valley 172
5 North Valley 161
6 Berryessa 182
7 Downtown 157
8 Edenvale-Seven Trees 161
9 Almaden Valley 211
10 Cambrian Park 191
11 Alum Rock-East Foothills 162
12 Fairgrounds 148
13 Willow Glen 192
14 Rose Garden 186
15 Buena Vista 149
16 West San Jose 200
17 Burbank 167

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in San Jose.

About Chris Kolmar

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