Lying between the San Andreas Fault and the Calavaras fault in Santa Clara County, San Jose is the third largest city in California. Nicknamed “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose spent 150 years as a Bay Area farm community, until just after World War II. The explosive growth of the tech sector since the 1990s led to huge population growth in San Jose and neighboring cities. The population was approximately 958,966 in 2012.
Three Interstate freeways and one U.S. route flow through San Jose. Traffic congestion peaked during the tech growth in the late 1990s as employment and housing prices rose. Although it fell when the tech bubble burst, it rose again when the tech sector bounced back around the mid-2000s. The congestion on San Jose freeways has led to several expansion projects, including expansion of the state highway 87.
San Jose’s downtown area is on a flight path toward the Mineta San Jose International Airport. San Jose is home to the Children’s Discovery Museum, Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Sharks, Opera San Jose, numerous professional and youth performing arts organizations, and a thriving nightlife. It is also the base for numerous large corporate employers, including Adobe, Cisco Systems, Fry’s, Knight Ridder and Pay Pal. The suburban sprawl and freeway traffic that now exists around San Jose is akin to the sprawl around Los Angeles in Southern California. [Read more…]