What's life like in San Jose?

San Jose and its surrounding areas are great places to live.  It’s a low density urban environment.  You can find what you are looking for.  There are old neighborhoods with quiet, tree-lined streets that are great for raising a family.  There are apartments in downtown San Jose within walking distance to nightlife, the Sharks stadium (ice hockey), and great restaurants.  If you like dining out, you’ll never get tired of your choices.  In addition to standard fare, San Jose has great Vietnamese and Ethiopian food.  People love the year-round excellent weather in San Jose and plethora of outdoor activities available.

Are most of the residents married or single?  Do the residents socialize as a group?

Just over 50% of our current residents are married, and one or two residents in each class have children.  Both married and single residents participate in post-work social events such as dinners out, barbecues, movie nights, and hikes.  These are organized monthly by a resident who volunteers to be the Social Chair, and informally by everyone.  Many of our residents form strong friendships that last long after residency ends.

Would this be a good place for me and my family?  Is it a good place to raise young children?

Since San Jose is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, job opportunities for your spouse abound.  The headquarters for eBay, Google, PayPal, Yahoo!, Apple, and Cisco are within 20 minutes of the hospital.  San Jose is also a great place to raise a family.  San Jose is ranked as the #1 safest city with a population over 500,000.  Happy Hollow Park and Zoo caters to young children and has just completed major renovations.  The Children’s Discovery Museum is a fun-filled learning environment.  Older children will love the Tech Museum.

WHAT FUN THINGS ARE THERE TO DO IN AND AROUND SAN JOSE?

San Jose’s beautiful weather makes outdoor activities such as hiking and bicycling available year round.   San Jose is also surrounded by great places to visit: San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Monterey/Carmel are all within easy access for a day trip.  A few hours’ drive gets you to skiing around Lake Tahoe or hiking in Yosemite National Park.