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The area of Northern California, which is now known as San Jose, was initially inhabited by several groups of Ohlone Native Americans. The first permanent European presence in the area began with a series of Franciscan missions led by Father Junipero Serra from 1769. Shortly after this, however, the Viceroy of New Spain, Antonio Maria de Bucareli y Ursua, ordered Lieutenant Jose Joaquin Moraga to found Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe (to honor Saint Joseph) on November 29th, 1777. San Jose was conceived as a farming community and became the first civil settlement in Alta California.
Today, the city of San Jose has an estimated population of 998,537 people. (According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013.) This makes it the third-largest city in the state of California and the tenth largest in the country. According to a 2014 estimate by the California Department of Finance, San Jose’s metropolitan area has a population of 1,975,342. This puts it at rank 34 among United States metropolitan areas.
Due to its location as the heart of the booming local technology industry, San Jose has often been referred to as ‘Capital of Silicon Valley’. Indeed, in 2000, it was determined that San Jose residents have the highest median household income of any city in the country with a population over 300,000.
The city serves as the headquarters for Adobe, Altera, Brocade Communications Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, eBay, and Xilinx. San Jose is also the site of major facilities for such companies as Becton Dickinson, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, KLA Tencor, and Qualcomm. Other companies based in San Jose include the North American headquarters for Samsung, and main HQs for Atmel, CEVA, Cypress Semiconductor, Echelon, Integrated Device Technology, Netgear, Novellus Systems, Quantum, SunPower, Supermicro, TiVo, Ultratech, and VeriFone.
San Jose’s economy is also bolstered by the many engineering and computer science programs run by local academic institutions such as the University of California, Berkeley, UC, Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, California State University, East Bay, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University.
San Jose isn’t just about the silicon, however. The city also boasts numerous attractions. One of these, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, holds the largest exhibition of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the Western US. It was founded by the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis and has been in operation, in one form or another, since 1928.
Another San Jose attraction is the Winchester Mystery House. This mansion, now a California Historical Landmark on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was originally the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The Queen Anne Style Victorian house is noted for its size, architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan. The mansion is apparently “haunted” by ghosts killed with Winchester rifles. (Including Mrs. Winchester herself.) It began construction in 1884, and this continued without interruption until Mrs. Winchester’s death on September 5th, 1922.
San Jose has three professional sports teams. These include the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, who play in the SAP Center at San Jose. The Arena Football League’s San Jose SaberCats also play in the SAP Center. The SaberCats have won three Arena Bowls. MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes play at Avaya Stadium. The Earthquakes have won two Supporters’ Shields and two MLS Cups.
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