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America's Best Cities For Global Trade 2015

San Jose, CA

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Written by Haylle Sok

SAN JOSE, California
Population: 998,537
Unemployment: 4.1 percent
Median home price: $750,000

As you’d expect from Silicon Valley, about half of its residents have college degrees. What’s more, locals with graduate degrees make nearly $40,000 a year more than their counterparts nationwide—the $92,000 median income is highest in the nation. And then there’s the fact that the area turns out so many innovations—27 tech patents per 1,000 residents, the nation’s highest—the U.S. Patent Office has a permanent office at city hall to help ambitious workers looking to move up. n