Thinking about making a drastic move to better your career? You’re not alone. Once you realize what path you want to take, it’s natural to start thinking about finding the best place to start over new.
If you’ve got your sights set on the West Coast, you might wonder where to start your search for the best city in California for young professionals. Surprisingly, it’s not San Francisco, where costs are relentlessly rising and droves of people continue pouring in.
Professionals flock to San Jose, California when they’re looking for a creativity incubator that inspires them and supports their career goals while living in what citizens voted one of the ‘happiest places to live.’
The happiest city in the U.S.
People working in San Jose gave the city an overall score of 3.94 out of 5, voting “The people you work with” and “the company you work for” high above average, at 4.30/5 and 4.25/5. This means you’ll be surrounded by people who are doing jobs they love while enjoying positive relationships with fellow workers.
The best city to do business in
If you’re looking to launch your business here, there’s no better pool of qualified and optimistic employees! Exceptional Silicon Valley real estate that only rises in value might be a smart choice for your growing business.
And if you’re just looking to find work in San Jose, the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce president, Matthew Mahood, says you have great chances in the tech industry. “They want the best [talent]…many of these companies pay well for college graduates with degrees in math, science, engineering, software design, marketing, and analytics. Many companies have created a new work culture that is very relaxed so employees can spend a lot of time at the office and not feel like it’s all work, all the time.”
“They want the best [talent]…many of these companies pay well for college graduates with degrees in math, science, engineering, software design, marketing, and analytics. Many companies have created a new work culture that is very relaxed so employees can spend a lot of time at the office and not feel like it’s all work, all the time.” –Michael Mahood, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Major companies you’ll find in San Jose include:
A paradise for outdoor fun and culture
San Jose is praised for its mild and ‘exceptional’ weather. With an average high of only 84 degrees in July, the dead of summer, and a manageable low of 42 degrees in January, Silicon Valley always feels nice and you’ll rarely need more than a light jacket.
There are tons of beautiful parks around San Jose, and you can’t beat the combination of nearby coastline and jagged mountains.
If you’re into the performing arts, you’ll appreciate the local emphasis on theater and live music. The nightlife is renowned nationally and if you wanted, you could eat at a different restaurant every day.
There’s just one catch
The average home price is steep ($810,000 according to Zillow) in San Jose, and rent’s not much better: “As of February 2016, average apartment rent within 10 miles of San Jose, CA is $2783.”
The benefits of living in such a startup and small business-supportive area might outweigh the higher cost of living for you. In addition, there are ways to keep your costs low. If you’re running a business from home, the cost of your shelter can also be the cost of your “office space.” Set up a home office according to IRS guidelines, and you’ll be able to write off part of your utilities and cost of living.