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San Jose, Calif.gem in the west

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San  Jose

Founded in 1777, San José is Northern California’s oldest city, but as the gateway to Silicon Valley, known for its tech companies such as eBay and IBM, it’s also one of the most technological and progressive. These tech businesses greatly impact the local economy, social vibe and overall quality of life in San José. With a highly educated population, more than half of adults in this city hold a college degree, and several colleges and universities, including San José State University which enrolls approximately 30,000 students, it’s a dynamic, forward-thinking city. Two professional sports teams with a heavy fan base also call the city home: San José Sharks (NHL) and San José Earthquakes (MLS). The easy access to San Francisco’s culture and activities is a huge draw for families and adults living in San José, which has a very safe, almost small-town feel. Whether visiting San José for vacation or business, there is plenty in downtown, Santana Row and the surrounding areas to keep you busy and entertained.

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