Income/capita 27%
Household income 63%
Unemployment 7%
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Income per capita$37,845$31,458$29,829
Median household income$90,303$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$118,008$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$60,447$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$47,455$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$32,642$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate5.0%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level10.9%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in San Jose is 27% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in San Jose is 63% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in San Jose is 7% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in San Jose is 28% lower than the national average

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      San Jose employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry10.0%1.0%
      Manufacturing sector21.7%0.7%
      Financial & insurance services2.1%3.7%
      Wholesale & retail services12.6%12.4%
      Public administration2.3%3.0%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.5%1.9%
      Education, health & social services8.9%30.2%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Los Altos Hills, CA8,376$243,701340.5%
      Loyola, CA3,425$204,726270.1%
      Monte Sereno, CA3,514$202,321265.7%
      Los Altos, CA30,238$187,656239.2%
      Saratoga, CA30,830$169,579206.5%
      San Jose, CA1,009,363$90,30363.2%

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      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Edmonton, AB1,053,392n/a 
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      Austin, TX907,779$60,93910.2%
      Jacksonville, FL856,616$48,25612.8%
      San Francisco, CA850,282$87,70158.5%
      San Jose, CA1,009,363$90,30363.2%
      Source: The San Jose, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).