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20 Interesting Facts About San Jose

Facts About San Jose

  • San Jose is named after el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the city’s predecessor, which was eventually located in the area of what is now the Plaza de César Chávez.
  • The Santa Clara Valley has been home to the Tamyen group of the Ohlone people since around 4,000 BC.
  • San Jose is located at 37°20′10″N 121°53′26″W.
  • San Jose lies at a mean elevation of 82 feet above sea level.
  • San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first city founded in the Californias.
  • San Jose is one of the wealthiest major cities in the United States and the world and has the third-highest GDP per capita in the world.
  • San Jose was the state’s first civilian settlement, the first capital from 1849 to 1852
  • San Jose was the first incorporated city on March 27, 1850.
  • San Jose has an average of 301 days of sunshine and an annual mean temperature of 60.5 °F.
  • The San Jose Metropolitan Area has the most millionaires and the most billionaires in the United States per capita.
  • The estimated population of San Jose is 1.028 million, as of 2019.
  • San Jose is Nicknamed the Capital of Silicon Valley in the 1990s.
  • The city has a total area of 180.0 sq mi, of which 3.4 sq mi is water.
  • Krazy George Henderson, who began cheerleading at San Jose State in 1968, is credited as the inventor of The Wave.
  • San Jose was the site of California’s Largest Mercury Mine.
  • San Jose had five Chinatowns, the first Chinatown was established in 1866, however, none had survived due to fires, floods and city development
  • San Jose was the state capital from 1849 to 1852.
  • The area around San Jose was inhabited by the Tamien nation of the Ohlone peoples of California.
  • On average San Jose experiences one or two moderate earthquakes per year.
  • The lowest point in San Jose is 13 ft below sea level at the San Francisco Bay in Alviso.
Facts About San Jose
Facts About San Jose

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