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 January 22, 2002
San Jose Named Safest Big City in America

 Visitors to San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, can travel with the knowledge that Northern California's largest city is also America's safest big city. This distinction comes as a result of rankings released by Morgan Quitno, a publishing and research firm that specializes in analyzing crime statistics.
San Jose finished number one for cities with populations larger than 500,000. The Bay Area in general ranked high on Morgan Quitno's list. San Francisco, San Jose's smaller neighbor to the north, was listed as the country's ninth-safest big city while cities such as Sunnyvale (seventh), Livermore (15th), Santa Clara (22nd) and Fremont (24th) finished in the top 25 in the overall safest cities category.

According to Dan Fenton, president and CEO of the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau, the ranking further enhances the image of San Jose as a safe, clean, desirable destination for conventions, tour groups and leisure travelers. "This ranking reconfirms what we in San Jose have long known," said Fenton. "We enjoy an outstanding quality of life here and provide an environment for visitors that is conducive to experiencing a sense of safety, warmth and excitement."

Morgan Quitno has published its survey for the past eight years and uses six basic crime categories - murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft - to calculate crime rates for cities. The complete list of the firm's rankings may be found online at www.morganquitno.com.

Other Distinctions for a "User-Friendly" Destination

San Jose has also previously been ranked by Money magazine as one of the top five best places to live in America. In addition, Sunset magazine has described San Jose's downtown area as an "eminently walkable area with level streets, balmy weather and well-marked attractions."

San Jose is also one of America's most "user-friendly" big cities: centrally located within easy driving distance and providing convenient access to anywhere in Silicon Valley for regional visitors seeking quick weekend getaways (with rates at top area hotels reduced up to 50% on weekends). It is also easily accessible via air through Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The airport is a prime transportation center for business travelers and meeting attendees and continues to expand its facilities and services. Major airlines such as Delta, United, American, Northwest, and Air Canada fly into San Jose from key cities nationally and internationally including Ottawa, Honolulu, Denver, Phoenix, New York (Kennedy), Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.