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U.S. News & Word Report: San Jose third best city in nation

U.S. News & Word Report: San Jose third best city in nation

By Ron Trujillo/

San Jose finished as the third-best city to live in the nation, boasting a hard-to-beat job market and quality of life.

San Jose was one of only three California cities to crack the top 25 Best Places to Live in the USA list by U.S. News & World Report. San Jose finished behind only Austin and Denver.

The city, considered the center of Silicon Valley, has a jobless rate of 3.9%, slightly higher than the 3.6% unemployment rate for Santa Clara County, according to the state Employment Development Department.

Perhaps even more impressive: average household income of $102,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of course, a booming economy and good-paying jobs come at a price. Uh, a hefty price. Santa Clara County has the third-highest median-home price in the state at $1.1 million in February, according to the California Association of Realtors.

San Francisco finished at No. 16 on the closely watched Best Cities List, also benefiting from an excellent job market and desirability. San Francisco has the second-highest median-home price in the state at $1.28 million in February.

San Diego ranked No. 22 in the nation – and the third California city on the Best Places to Live list. San Diego scored a perfect 10.0 for Desirability, with its beaches and near-perfect year-round weather. A booming downtown district and excellent job growth are other strong selling points.

Other California cities and how they ranked on the national list (click on the cities and check out the details from U.S. News & World Report):

Feature photo of San Jose skyline by StellaMC/Shutterstock. San Diego marina photo courtesy of William Garrett via Flickr.



Small cities with a big city feel

If you’re looking for big-city amenities, but prefer a small-town feel and price, two California cities are excellent options, according to a recent Trulia report.

The real estate website listed the 10 best small cities just outside major cities. Petaluma in Northern California finished in third place, while Culver City in Southern California ranked No. 9.

Petaluma, about 40 miles from downtown San Francisco, offers century-old buildings, cool coffee houses and some excellent restaurants. In fact, you may not even miss San Francisco.

Home prices are about $700,000, half the cost than nearby San Francisco.

If you’re looking for small-town charm in Los Angeles, there are numerous choices, including Culver City.

Culver City, its own incorporated city, has a downtown with numerous shops, restaurants and even art galleries. Plus, homes are about $130,000 less than those in nearby Los Angeles.

Photo of Petaluma basin by Stephanie A. Proctor/Shutterstock





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