Other places named ‘San Jose’ around the world

A sign that reads, 'Welcome to San Jose.'

Don’t be fooled, this sign is from Illinois.

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Did you know? Other than our beloved city in California, six other states in the US (and ~1,600 places worldwide) have a San Jose that residents call home. We’re the largest — and greatest — in the world with that name, but let’s get to know a few of the others.

San Jose, Illinois | This San Jose is quite smaller than ours, with a population of ~450. This village was founded in 1858 and unlike us, is pronounced “san-johz.”

San Jose Island, Texas | Just a short ferry ride away from Port Aransas in Texas, is this privately-owned island. It is mainly managed for wildlife, and is in an area known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas.”

San José, Costa Rica | We can’t forget about one of our sister cities. Founded in 1736, this national capital was built around the coffee industry + now boasts lush national parks, plenty of museums, and historic buildings.

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