Where to Go Trick-or-Treating in San Jose

Children Trick or Treating on Halloween
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If you live in San Jose you’re used to seeing your city come up near the top of lots of “best of” lists—best cities to live, safest cities, healthiest cities, and more. But did you know that San Jose is also one of the best cities for trick-or-treating? 

On a nationwide survey of residential neighborhoods, analysts at the property data site Zillow came up with a ranking of the 20 best cities to go trick-or-treating in the United States. San Jose was ranked #2 on the list, second only to San Francisco.

What Makes a Good Neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating?

How do you decide where to go trick or treating? Zillow researchers came up with an interesting metric to help you decide where to go.

In addition to San Jose and San Francisco, two other California cities (Sacramento and Los Angeles) made the top 10, so you might figure the high California property values had something to it. But that wasn’t the whole story.

Zillow researchers devised an interesting custom metric that they call their "Trick-or-Treat Index." The Trick-or-Treat Index combines four different variables that the company believes will correlate with good trick or treating:

  1. Median home value: How affluent the neighborhood is.
  2. Crime rate: How safe the neighborhood is.
  3. Housing density: How close each single-family house is to its neighbor.
  4. Median age of the residents: How old are the residents, inferring that older residents give more and/or better candy.

Combined, Zillow believes this data shows the safest cities where kids can get the best candy in the shortest period of time. Essentially, the company quantified the informal calculations that every parent (and kid!) does when they guess what neighborhoods are likely to "give the good candy" without "too much walking."

Where to Go

Within the top ten cities, Zillow calculated these metrics on a neighborhood level and came up with the five best neighborhoods in San Jose for trick-or-treating.

  1. West San Jose
  2. Willow Glen
  3. Cambrian Park
  4. Rose Garden
  5. Almaden Valley

The neighborhoods do seem to match up with these demographic factors noted above, as well as the anecdotal recommendations I've heard from my neighbors and friends. It's an interesting metric and a good starting point for deciding where to take your kids trick-or-treating this year. 

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