Consistently named among the best places to live in the nation, San Jose is a thriving city at the very heart of America’s tech industry. The highly walkable downtown is a popular hangout for the entire community, featuring lush parks, exquisite restaurants, performance venues, and a vibrant nightlife scene. Over 30,000 students attend San Jose State University, and the position of the campus right downtown contributes to the college having a major impact on the local culture; the collegiate influence is amplified by the numerous smaller colleges throughout the city as well. The city layout is full of bike lanes, sidewalks, and trails, making the community very walkable and bike-friendly.
San Jose is an excellent city for sports fans, between the San Jose Sharks NHL team, the San Jose Giants baseball team (affiliate to the more famous San Francisco Giants), and the 49ers playing at Levi’s Stadium in neighboring Santa Clara. The local museums include the San Jose Museum of Art, the Tech Museum of Innovation, and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, all in the downtown core. Guadalupe River Park runs right through the center of town and includes the Heritage Rose Garden, hiking trails, and picnic areas.