Other places named San Jose around the world

Let’s travel to other states and countries around the world who bear the same name as us.

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

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

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Did you know? Beyond 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 — 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.

A sign that says "Welcome to the 'Egg Basket of the Philippines' San Jose, Batangas" with a large egg beside it.

While we’re not egg-xactly the same, we do share a name.

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San Jose, Batangas, Philippines | This rural, agricultural municipality was created in 1765, and named after its patron, Saint Joseph the Patriarch. It’s known for producing the most eggs + chickens sold in Manila — therefore nicknamed, “Egg Basket of the Philippines.”

San José, Almería, Spain | What was once an 18th-century fishing village, is now a popular tourist destination in Southern Spain. It’s a main cultural hub in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and boasts many tapas bars with a lively nightlife scene.

San José, Chiquitos, Bolivia | Founded in 1698, this village is a part of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins of the mission of San Juan Bautista also lie in this municipality.