Willow Glen - San Jose, CA - Niche

  • Population
    72,043
  • Population Density
    7,971 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    9 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    53 3.8
Willow Glen is a neighborhood in San Jose with 72,043 residents. It has very high home values and very high rent costs. Its citizens generally have high education levels and very high income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.8 from 53 reviews
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    • 4
    Overall Experience: This is a great neighborhood with friendly people and a park nearby. I'd live here again, although it's less save at night by the 7-11 a few blocks over. Overall, this is a great neighborhood to grow up in. In the future I don't see this area changing much, other than younger families moving in.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety: Lately, Willow Glen has been experiencing an increase in vandalism/ home theft. According to my observations, the main targets are the most expensive homes in the neighborhood as well as the elderly home owners in the area. I did not see police on a regular basis, but they did seem to be pretty responsive whenever they were needed.
    • 4
    Overall Experience: My husband and I lived in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, CA for almost 10 years, and we loved it! The best thing about Willow Glen is it's small town feel. We had the opportunity to get to know and become good friends with many of our neighbors. During our stay in Willow Glen, many small businesses openned and thrived in the Downtown area, which was wonderful to see! My husband and I also loved the the fact that Willow Glen is a very dog-friendly neighborhood! We were able to take our dog to many stores and restaurants, and it seemed that every neighbor welcomed her with open arms! Now, the only reason why I do not give Willow Glen a "best" rating is because the crime in the area is starting to increase, which is such a shame! But, overall, I would have to say that Willow Glen is definitely a neighborhood that I am going to miss!
    • 4
    Crime & Safety: I feel safe walking down the street at night alone. The neighborhood is very safe and well lit.
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I love the community. The neighbors are friendly and welcoming.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Burbank 13,325
Cambrian 66,785
Downtown San Jose 71,516
Campbell 40,058
Fairgrounds 49,159
Blossom Valley 69,871
West San Jose 95,174

Comparable Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Almaden Valley 39,533
North Valley 74,152
Edenvale 36,208
East San Jose 105,858
Alum Rock 49,892

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
Campbell Union School District 13
3.33 San Jose Unified School District 53
3.33 Campbell Union High School District 7

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
2.33 Santa Clara County Special Education Public K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Marshall Lane Elementary School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
3.66 Forest Hill Elementary School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
3.33 Discovery Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Rolling Hills Middle School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
3.66 Village Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
Pioneer Plus (Continuation) Public, Alternative 9-12 High
2.00 Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
Leland Plus (Continuation) Public, Alternative 9-12 High
3.33 Booksin Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Capri Elementary School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
4.00 University Preparatory Academy Charter School Public, Charter, Magnet 7-12 Middle, High
3.33 Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary School Public, Magnet K-5 Elementary
3.00 Willow Glen Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet Public, Magnet K-5 Elementary
Boynton High School Public, Alternative 9-12 High
Middle College High School Public 10-12 High
3.00 River Glen Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.00 Schallenberger Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
Liberty High (Alternative) Public, Alternative 6-12 Middle, High
Gunderson Plus (Continuation) Public, Alternative 9-12 High
2.66 Castlemont Elementary School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
3.33 Abraham Lincoln High School Public 9-12 High
Willow Glen Plus (Continuation) Public, Alternative 9-12 High
3.00 Willow Glen Middle School Public 6-8 Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
North Valley Baptist School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Harker School Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Achieve Kids Private, Special Education 4-12 Middle, High
4.33 Bellarmine College Prep School Private, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 High
4.00 Notre Dame High School Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
4.33 St. Francis High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 Valley Christian High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Second Start Pine Hill School Private, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Presentation High School Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
3.00 St. Lawrence Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.33 Sierra School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Mountain View Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.33 St. Thomas More School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
German International School of Silicon Valley Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
St. Christopher School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle
St. Frances Cabrini School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Holy Spirit School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Valley Christian Junior High School Private, Religious 6-8 Middle
St. John Vianney Elementary School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle
St. Simon Parish School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Rainbow Montessori Child Development Center Private, Montessori PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
Valley Christian Elementary School Private, Religious K-5 Elementary
Holy Family School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Milpitas Christian School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle
Granada Islamic School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
De Anza College
Foothill College
Cabrillo College
Chabot College
Ohlone College
West Valley College
San Jose City College
Evergreen Valley College
Mission College
University of Phoenix - Bay Area
Canada College
Unitek College
Carrington College California - San Jose
CET - Sobrato
Marinello School of Beauty - Santa Clara
The Art Institute of California - Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University
WestMed College
The National Hispanic University
BioHealth College
Palo Alto University
Northwestern Polytechnic University
CET - Gilroy

Around Willow Glen

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Willow Glen United States California San Jose Metro Area Almaden Valley Alum Rock East San Jose Edenvale North Valley
White 47.89% 63.25% 39.16% 34.76% 54.58% 11.32% 5.87% 8.88% 10.24%
Hispanic 32.10% 16.62% 38.18% 27.70% 12.34% 52.88% 55.38% 56.22% 30.91%
Asian 13.24% 4.83% 13.30% 31.39% 27.31% 31.20% 33.61% 29.83% 53.93%
Multiracial 3.27% 2.05% 2.74% 3.03% 3.82% 1.66% 1.21% 1.04% 2.07%
African American 3.05% 12.23% 5.66% 2.37% 1.55% 2.32% 2.49% 3.63% 2.30%
Pacific Islander 0.23% 0.16% 0.36% 0.32% 0.07% 0.35% 0.72% 0.30% 0.28%
Native American 0.14% 0.66% 0.38% 0.22% 0.22% 0.20% 0.45% 0.09% 0.13%
Other 0.09% 0.19% 0.22% 0.21% 0.11% 0.06% 0.27% 0% 0.13%

Age

Willow Glen United States California San Jose Metro Area Almaden Valley Alum Rock East San Jose Edenvale North Valley
9 years and under 14% 13% 13% 14% 13% 14% 15% 16% 14%
10 to 17 years 8% 11% 11% 10% 13% 11% 12% 13% 9%
18 to 24 years 8% 10% 10% 9% 7% 10% 11% 12% 10%
25 to 34 years 17% 13% 14% 15% 7% 15% 16% 14% 16%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 15% 15% 15% 14% 17% 16%
45 to 54 years 15% 14% 14% 15% 18% 12% 13% 12% 14%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 11% 11% 13% 11% 10% 8% 11%
65 and over 11% 13% 12% 11% 15% 12% 9% 8% 10%

Education Levels

Willow Glen United States California San Jose Metro Area Almaden Valley Alum Rock East San Jose Edenvale North Valley
Less than a high school diploma 11% 14% 19% 14% 7% 30% 36% 37% 23%
High school diploma or equivalent 17% 28% 21% 16% 10% 26% 25% 21% 20%
Some college or associate degree 28% 29% 30% 25% 24% 24% 23% 24% 24%
Bachelor's degree 27% 18% 20% 25% 32% 15% 13% 13% 21%
Master's degree or higher 17% 11% 11% 20% 27% 5% 3% 4% 12%

Gender

Willow Glen United States California San Jose Metro Area Almaden Valley Alum Rock East San Jose Edenvale North Valley
Male 48.6% 49.2% 49.7% 50.2% 49.8% 50.0% 50.7% 50.1% 51.1%
Female 51.4% 50.8% 50.3% 49.8% 50.2% 50.0% 49.3% 49.9% 48.9%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Willow Glen United States California San Jose Metro Area Almaden Valley Alum Rock East San Jose Edenvale North Valley
Rent 47.5% 35.1% 45.2% 42.4% 18.3% 44.5% 42.2% 48.1% 47.3%
Own 52.5% 64.9% 54.8% 57.6% 81.7% 55.5% 57.8% 51.9% 52.7%

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 11 responses

  • 73% Yes
  • 27% Not sure
  • 0% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 13 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 14 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 11 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 11 responses

  • 9% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 45% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 45% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 0% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 56% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 19% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 0% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 9 responses

  • 22% I love everything about it.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 7 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments