San Jose in a nutshell
It was also the state's first capital (before California became an official state),
with the first legislature convening in a two-story adobe in December 1849.
Primarily an agricultural focused city in
the early to mid-20th century, San Jose is now known as the Capital of Silicon Valley for the area's many high technology companies.
Symbols of the city's long history can still be found in the complex known as
History Park, which includes the preserved and restored Peralta Adobe, built in 1797; the
Fallon House, built in 1855; a historic working trolley and 25-acres of turn-of-the-century landmark buildings located at Kelley Park.
With a population of around 925,000, San Jose is the third largest city in California
and the West Coast, and the 11th largest city in the nation. San Jose is larger than San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C.,
Seattle, Miami, Denver and New Orleans.
San Jose is also the Safest Big City in America for three
consecutive years according to FBI crime statistics.
Located between the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges, San Jose encompasses 170-square miles at the
southern tip of San Francisco Bay. It is about 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 70 minutes northeast of Monterey.
San Pedro Square
Cesar Chavez Fountain