San Jose

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
84/263
Details
Large apartment$880.42
Medium apartment$747.32
Rent index [score]0.82
Small apartment$614.21

Cost of Living

6
92/261
Details
5km taxi ride$6.40
A Cappuccino$3.00
A beer$1.50
A kilogram of Apples$4.50
Bread$0.66
Inflation [score]0.62
Lunch$7.30
Monthly fitness club membership$64.00
Monthly public transport$41.00
Movie ticket$6.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$48.73

Startups

4
151/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.21
Meetups groups38
Meetups members10972
Number of investors3
Number of startup events in the last 12 months22
Number of upcoming meetup events2
Startup climate scene [score]0.38
Startup events8
Startups [score]0.50
Total number of startups34

Venture Capital

1
223/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.10

Travel Connectivity

1
238/260
Details
Airport hub39
Airport hub [score]0.23

Commute

4
240/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.10

Business Freedom

6
192/259
Details
Business freedom68.60
Business freedom [score]0.53
Freedom from corruption54.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.51
Lack of labor restrictions53.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.34
Time to open a business22.50
Time to open a business [score]0.75

Safety

7
173/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.39
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents10
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.80
Lack of guns [score]0.96
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.88

Healthcare

7
109/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.80
Healthcare quality [score]0.58
Life expectancy (years)79.61
Life expectancy [score]0.78

Education

3
200/230
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test406.48
Country mean scores in PISA reading test440.55
Country mean scores in PISA science test429.35
PISA math ranking (high school)51
PISA ranking47
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.58
PISA reading (high school)45
PISA science (high school)47
Percent of happy students0.89
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.60
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.32
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.39
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.01
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.01
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.00

Environmental Quality

5
164/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.67
Cleanliness [score]0.28
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.46

Economy

4
199/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCRC
GDP growth rate0.04
GDP growth rate [score]0.56
GDP per capita$14864.27
GDP per capita [score]0.25

Taxation

6
84/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.28
Income tax level [score]0.86
Profit tax (% of profit)0.58
Time overhead to file company taxes151
VAT (Sales Tax)0.13

Internet Access

2
254/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)8.24
Internet access (download) [score]0.26
Internet access (upload) [score]0.10
Upload speed (Mbps)2.56

Leisure & Culture

7
82/263
Details
Art galleries135
Art galleries [score]0.63
Cinemas139
Cinemas [score]0.85
Comedy clubs26
Comedy clubs [score]0.73
Concert venues154
Concerts [score]0.72
Historical sites100
Historical sites [score]0.76
Museums54
Museums [score]0.62
Performing art venues208
Performing arts [score]0.76
Sport venues65
Sports [score]0.86
Zoos8
Zoos [score]0.75

Tolerance

4
228/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index70.62
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.72
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✖ Illegal
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.17

Outdoors

3
215/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.52
Median peak in meters1420.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1154.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in San José are in the 92nd place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$558$936
$747
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$64
Movie ticket$6
Broadband internet connection$46
Monthly public transport$41
Lunch$7
-38%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in San Jose are below average. For this job type, San Jose ranks 209th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in San Jose.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$25,080
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

9.90
Guns per 100 people
7.50
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts San Jose in position 213 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in San Jose

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Unrecognized

Adoption

Single Only

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

271

Climate type

Tropical Monsoon

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in San Jose

San José (literally meaning "Saint Joseph", pronounced: [saŋ xoˈse]) is the capital of Costa Rica, western province of San José, and the nation's largest city. Located in the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. The population of San José Canton is 288,054, though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country's population. It is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.

Though few people live in the city center, it is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily. Despite its problems, according to studies in Latin America, San José is still one of the safest and least violent cities in the region. In 2006, the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture.

San José is the sixth most important destination in Latin America, according to The MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2012. San José ranked 15th in the world’s fastest growing destination cities by visitor cross-border spending.

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