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San Jose

San Jose is the largest city within Silicon Valley, which is a major component of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.6 million people and the sixth largest metropolitan area (CSA) in the United States. The city served as a farming community to support Spanish military installations at San Francisco and Monterey.

When California gained statehood in 1850, San Jose served as its first capital. On April 3, 1979, the San Jose City Council adopted San José, with the diacritical mark on the “e”, as the spelling of the city name on the city seal, official stationery, office titles and department names. Also, by city council convention, this spelling of San José is used when the name is stated in both upper- and lower-case letters, but not when the name is stated only in upper-case letters.

The accent reflects the Spanish version of the name, and the dropping of accents in all-capital writing was typical in Spanish. The name is still more commonly spelled without the diacritical mark as San Jose. The official name of the city remains City of San Jose with no diacritical mark, according to the City Charter. However, the City’s website uses San José.

 

 

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