San Jose is located along the southern end of the San Francisco Bay and the center of the northern edge of the 408 area code. The city of San Jose has a population of 945,942 people, which makes it the third largest city in California and the tenth largest city in the United States.
San Jose is very ethnically diverse, with 42% of the population being white, 32% of the population being Asia, and 29% of the population being Hispanic. The city was founded as Spanish California’s first civilian town, to serve as an agricultural hub for the military fortifications in San Francisco and Monterey, and it later became California’s first state capital when California was granted statehood.
More recently, San Jose has become known as the capital of Silicon Valley, as it is the largest city in the California region known for technology research and development. Many of San Jose’s residents are employed in some fashion by the technology industry, but like any other major city in the United States, the whole economy is not dependant on a single industry. Education and healthcare are also major industries in San Jose as some of San Jose’s biggest employers are Ericsson, KLA-Tencor Corporation, IBM, San Jose State University, Kaiser Permanente, eBay, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, and Good Samaritan Hospital. The city is also home to the headquarters of a number of different companies, such as Lee’s Sandwiches, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Brocade Communications System, TiVo, Altera, Echelon, and VeriFone. Higher education facilities located in San Jose include San Jose State University, National Hispanic University, California University of Management and Technology, and Lincoln Law School of San Jose.
Art lovers from all over the 408 area code enjoy walking around San Jose and admiring the outdoor art displays present within the city limits, including the Adobe Systems’ San Jose Semaphore created by Ben Rubin and Waterscape created by Anna Valentina Murch and Douglas Hollis, located next to the city hall. San Jose even incorporated public art into its airport as part of the Art + Technology plan.
Lawyers and other professionals living in the San Francisco Bay Area who like different forms of performing arts often attend events at the HP Pavilion, which is one of the most active live event venues in the United States. The HP Pavilion is also the home of the San Jose Sharks, which is San Jose’s NHL hockey team. Football fans living in the 408 area code enjoy going to football games featuring the San Jose SaberCats Arena Football League team and the San Jose State Spartans college football team. Lawyers who enjoy minor league baseball love cheering on the San Jose Giants minor league baseball team at their home games. Soccer fans from the 408 area code root for both the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer team and the Real San Jose national amateur soccer league team.
Lawyers with families love taking their children to the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, which is considered to be one of the top ten children’s museums in the nation, and the Tech Museum of Innovation, which annually hosts the Tech Awards to recognize individuals whose technological contributions over the past year benefit the greatest number of people. History buffs from the 408 area code regularly visit History Park, an indoor/outdoor museum and collection of historic buildings in Kelley Park. Lawyers and other professionals who are fascinated by the occult and historical architecture enjoy touring the Winchester Mystery House. Music lovers from all over the 408 area code love to come to San Jose to listen to jazz during the San Jose Jazz Festival, mariachi music during the San Jose International Mariachi Festival and Concert, classical music during the Silicon Valley Music Festival, and rock music during the Silicon Valley Sound eXperience.
Several notable people have lived in San Jose at one point or another, including musician Nikki Sixx, novelist Amy Tan, Winchester Rifle Company heiress Sarah Winchester, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, musician Stevie Nicks, rock band Smash Mouth, novelist Khaled Hosseini, inventor of “the Wave” Krazy George Henderson, social activist and farm laborer Cesar Chavez, norteño band Los Tigres del Norte, competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, former professional football player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, actor Dustin Diamond, Bank of America founder Amadeo Pietro Giannini, rock band The Doobie Brothers, and actor Josh Holloway.