San Jose came in where? U.S. News and World Report ranks top places to raise a family

Even as many Silicon Valley residents pack up and leave for more affordable places like Pheonix, Las Vegas and even Seattle, U.S. News and World Report has ranked San Jose the second best area of the country in which to raise a family.

The news publication, known for its voluminous rankings and lists, looked at factors including cost of living, average salary, quality of high school education and crime rates to determine the most desirable metro areas for families looking to relocate.

The San Jose metro, which includes Santa Clara and San Benito counties, owed its high ranking in large part to having the best college readiness among high school students, according to U.S. News. The downside, of course: sky-high housing costs, with a typical single-family home going for more than $1.5 million.

The report revealing the list notes, however, that San Jose’s average income of $99,430 a year is well above the national average of $58,260. But that’s little comfort for many families hoping to buy a house in the region. According to the California Association of Realtors, just 26% of Santa Clara County households can afford an entry-level home, compared to 55% nationwide.


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