San Jose Population 2024

San Jose population

San Jose is a city of state California. With population of over 1 million, the city is California third most populated city after Los Angeles and San Diego. Its population account for 2.5% of the state population. The city is located in Northern California. The city has a nickname “Capital of Silicon Valley” due to it is the economic, cultural, and political center of Silicon Valley.

Based on our research, San Jose population will reach 1.086 million by 1st July of 2024. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.87% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of San Jose

Looking back last twelve years of San Jose’s population, the growth rate is slow but consistent ranging from 0.20% to 1.81%, adding around 2,000 to 17,849 people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to San Jose to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other cities in California, San Jose growth rate is pretty much align with the state average. As you can see in the table below, the population of San Jose first time pass 1 million mark.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 970,823 n/a
2012 984,151 1.37%
2013 1,002,000 1.81%
2014 1,013,000 1.10%
2015 1,023,000 0.99%
2016 1,025,000 0.20%
2017 1,029,000 0.39%
2018 1,039,000 0.97%
2019 1,049,000 0.96%
2020 1,053,196 0.40%
2021 1,061,230 0.76%
2022 1,068,520 0.69%
2023 1,076,690 0.69%

Demographics of San Jose

According to U.S. Census Bureau, 50.9 percent of the San Jose population is male and 49.1 percent are female. Average age of a San Jose resident is 35.2 years old, with 24.8 percent of its residents under the age between 18 and 24 and only 10.1 percent age 65 and over.

The racial makeup of San Jose are: White (42.8%), Hispanic (33.2%), Asian (32%), Black (3.2%), Tow or more races (5%), Other(15.7%).

San Jose is a multicultural city with lot of people have oversea background. More than 100 languages are spoken by San Jose residents whose families have come from all parts of the world. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in California are: Spanish, Asian Languages, Pacific Islander languages, other languages.

In terms of resident wealth, the median income for a household in the city was the highest in the U.S. The median income for a San Jose family was $86,822. Males had much higher income than females, a median income of $49,347 versus $36,936. The per capita income for the city was $26,697. About 6.0% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Population Density of San Jose

San Jose’s population density is 2,230 people per square kilometer, which is one of the most densely populated major cities in America.

Facts About San Jose

  1. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area around San Jose was inhabited by the Ohlone people.
  2. 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 (after Zurich, Switzerland and Oslo, Norway).
  3. With a median home price of $1,085,000, San Jose has the most expensive housing market in the country and the fifth most expensive housing market in the world.
  4. Roughly 35 percent of venture capital funds that are invested into American companies end up in San Jose.
  5. San Jose is thought to be California’s oldest settlement, founded in 1777 as a farming community.
  6. The Monopoly board in Guadalupe River Park is 30 square feet, making it the largest Monopoly board in the world.
  7. With 6,256 participants digging into the ground, the construction of the San Jose Earthquakes’ stadium set the Guinness World Record for the largest ground breaking event ever.
  8. Over half of the adults in San Jose have a college degree, making it one of the most educated cities in the country.


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