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Unread 08-27-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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Do you know what the murder rate is in London? Exactly the same as it is in San Jose, 2/100,000. I guess the only difference is that folks in the US don't have their heads in the sand.
San Jose's rate is 3.3 so far this year and we still have 4 months to go.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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San Jose's rate is 3.3 so far this year and we still have 4 months to go.
Very good. Now go back 10 years and calculate the average. Report back with your findings.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:27 PM
 
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When i lived in San Jose, I thought it was a safe city for its size. Some of the more affordable parts of town (95127) had its share of property crime (break ins, armed robberies and car theft). One reason I left San Jose was the cost of living and it was always a struggle to make ends meet. I never thought I would be a victim of murder, but since I lived in an apt complex with no covered parking I experienced property crime more than a few times. I had 2 cars stolen (both hondas) and had them broken into by transients that were looking for anything of value.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 01:47 AM
 
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Do you know what the murder rate is in London? Exactly the same as it is in San Jose, 2/100,000. I guess the only difference is that folks in the US don't have their heads in the sand.
Maybe you're right, i've not checked. I guess the UK seems safer as gun crime is far less in the UK than in the States. However, getting back on topic San Jose looks like a great place to live and possibly not too incomparable with London prices. My main concern is finding the right school.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Back to the question - there are tons and tons of similar questions on the board. A little browsing and searching will get you the information you need.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Very good. Now go back 10 years and calculate the average. Report back with your findings.
This is true, but since 2011, the murder rate and other crimes have gone up. I had my car broken into 3 TIMES since 2011 and I'm in downtown. I had lived in the same place for 3 years prior and never had a problem. There are fewer cops to keep an eye on the riff raff, so it's not just that murder is up, but other crimes, too.

That said, San Jose's crime rate is still pretty low...but definitely not as low as it used to be.

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Unread 08-28-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Maybe you're right, i've not checked. I guess the UK seems safer as gun crime is far less in the UK than in the States. However, getting back on topic San Jose looks like a great place to live and possibly not too incomparable with London prices. My main concern is finding the right school.
You are probably right...if you are from London, our property prices and rents will probably seem on par.

I've read and been told by people from the U.K. that American prices and taxes are pretty much lower for everything across the board (even in California), with the exception of health care.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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You are probably right...if you are from London, our property prices and rents will probably seem on par.

I've read and been told by people from the U.K. that American prices and taxes are pretty much lower for everything across the board (even in California), with the exception of health care.
I agree with this. My brother lives in Europe and everything is overpriced and taxed to death. He gets healthcare from the government and other services that are provided. Being old school myself, i would rather be taxed less and take care of my own and what I need. I think America is headed in the direction of Europe when it comes to larger government and higher taxes with more services provided to the citizens. I've also noticed a lot of posts from Europeans moving here and the mentality is "i'm getting more bang for my buck in America".
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Unread 08-28-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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I agree with this. My brother lives in Europe and everything is overpriced and taxed to death. He gets healthcare from the government and other services that are provided. Being old school myself, i would rather be taxed less and take care of my own and what I need. I think America is headed in the direction of Europe when it comes to larger government and higher taxes with more services provided to the citizens. I've also noticed a lot of posts from Europeans moving here and the mentality is "i'm getting more bang for my buck in America".
In general, I agree with your philosophy. One area where I agree with the Europeans, though, is on trains & mass transit. I hate the car culture.

I see America increasingly dominated by both Crony Capitalism (as opposed to real free market capitalism) and Socialism. Not a good combination, IMO.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 10:11 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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This is true, but since 2011, the murder rate and other crimes have gone up.
That's only one year which says nothing. Maybe it's just a bad year. There's not enough data to determine that it's a trend.
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I had my car broken into 3 TIMES since 2011 and I'm in downtown. I had lived in the same place for 3 years prior and never had a problem. There are fewer cops to keep an eye on the riff raff, so it's not just that murder is up, but other crimes, too.
It's possible. I've parked in downtown during the day tons of times and never had a problem. But I don't live there. I live in a nice suburb and we don't have those problems. One morning I walked out to my car, my wallet was on the dash and the car was unlocked. Other times I've left my garage door open all night. Nothing stolen. You are correct that the cops are cut back to the bone though.
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That said, San Jose's crime rate is still pretty low...but definitely not as low as it used to be.
Yes, it is low compared to almost anywhere. We'll have to watch the numbers to see if it's really getting worse.
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