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Old 07-30-2018, 07:49 PM
 
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Calgary vs San Jose: Which city is better?

Criteria:

1. Population
2. Diversity
3. Economy
4. Weather
5. Downtown
6. Transportation
7. Shopping
8. Airport
9. Natural Scenery
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:34 AM
 
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Lol
C A L G A R Y is better
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I guess it depends on what you want.

If you want a big city feel go with Calgary.
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.0476...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.0495...thumbfov%3D100
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.0468...thumbfov%3D100

But if you want small city feel go with san Jose.
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.3336...7i11000!8i5500
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.3367...7i16384!8i8192
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.3346...7i16384!8i8192
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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Correction: San Jose is a major city: 10th largest in the country of U.S.A.. Downtown is not small but big.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Canada
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San jose is New york, Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo and Paris all wrapped up in one. There is no way Calgary can compete with that.
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Old 08-01-2018, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Correction: San Jose is a major city: 10th largest in the country of U.S.A.. Downtown is not small but big.
right, because city limit population is more important than urban population or metro population when comparing two cities. Well even in that case Calgary (1,239,220) beets San Jose (1,035,317).

Also I don't know the exact size of either downtown, but the height and number of skyscrapers is usually a good indicator.

Tallest building
San Jose: 286 feet (87 m)
Calgary: 810 feet (247 m)

Number of skyscrapers over 500 feet (152.4 m)
San Jose: 0
Calgary: 18

Number of skyscrapers over 200 feet (60.96 m)
San Jose: 21
Calgary: >38 (list stops at 404 feet (123 m)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...se,_California
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ngs_in_Calgary
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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right, because city limit population is more important than urban population or metro population when comparing two cities. Well even in that case Calgary (1,239,220) beets San Jose (1,035,317).

Also I don't know the exact size of either downtown, but the height and number of skyscrapers is usually a good indicator.

Tallest building
San Jose: 286 feet (87 m)
Calgary: 810 feet (247 m)

Number of skyscrapers over 500 feet (152.4 m)
San Jose: 0
Calgary: 18

Number of skyscrapers over 200 feet (60.96 m)
San Jose: 21
Calgary: >38 (list stops at 404 feet (123 m)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...se,_California
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ngs_in_Calgary
Even Bellevue has more skyscrapers than San Jose, major city lol.

Tallest building: 450 feet (137 m)
Number of skyscrapers over 400 feet (121.92 m): 6
Number of skyscrapers over 200 feet (60.96 m): 33

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ue,_Washington
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:31 PM
 
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right, because city limit population is more important than urban population or metro population when comparing two cities. Well even in that case Calgary (1,239,220) beets San Jose (1,035,317).

Also I don't know the exact size of either downtown, but the height and number of skyscrapers is usually a good indicator.

Tallest building
San Jose: 286 feet (87 m)
Calgary: 810 feet (247 m)

Number of skyscrapers over 500 feet (152.4 m)
San Jose: 0
Calgary: 18

Number of skyscrapers over 200 feet (60.96 m)
San Jose: 21
Calgary: >38 (list stops at 404 feet (123 m)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...se,_California
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ngs_in_Calgary
One problem: that's also Calgary's urban population. San Jose's: almost 2 million. You don't measure downtown exclusively by the skyscrapers of the city. The skyscraper number for SJ is outdated.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:25 PM
 
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1. Population: Seems like a silly criteria that doesn't truly influence which is better all that much, but here goes: Calgary is much larger/denser and it has a larger city population, though San Jose has a larger MSA population and a much larger CSA. Verdict: Tie (though, I must admit it's humorous to see the topper accounting for MSA/UA here, where it was ignored when comparing SJ with Sydney ; ))
2. Diversity: Both are very diverse. Calgary is the 9th largest foreign born population of cities in the world, San Jose is 8th in that regard. Verdict: Tie
3. Economy: I'm not sure there's a perfect answer here, I don't think I could afford to live on a teacher's salary in San Jose which is hardly ideal, but it's hard to argue with the fact that SJ has a higher per capita income, GDP, and lower unemployment rate. Verdict: San Jose
4. Weather: I really don't mind cold weather all that much, and the winter sport opportunities of Calgary are enviable for many. That said, classically, and even in terms of what I'd rather have a day out in? Verdict: San Jose
5. Downtown: Calgary is significantly more urbane than San Jose. Even if not purely measuring skyscrapers, almost any metric imaginable would confirm this. San Jose's downtown is very nice/inviting, and good for what it is, but Calgary's, were it in the United States, would almost certainly be in the Top 5 here. Verdict: Calgary
6. Transportation: This is kind of too broad and undeterminable a question. Are we talking traffic volume? Freeway system (or lack of sprawl that it causes)? Bike/Pedestrian Friendly? Urban Metro System? Regional Rail? Too many questions to answer here. Verdict: Indeterminable (Tie)
7. Shopping: Shopping isn't a big sell point for me, and I'm not that well versed. My guess based on limited research though is that San Jose almost certainly has MORE (not necessarily better), big box options, where Calgary might have more local options. Neither are really known as shopping meccas, but yet one could find most of what a person could reasonably want in life in both, too. Verdict: Tie
8. Airport: If I'm being honest, apart from the fact that San Jose's perhaps looks more structurally impressive, I'm not seeing a big difference here. Verdict: Tie
9. Natural Scenery: San Jose does have mountains, and sea, and redwoods close, and I'm not ignoring that. But nothing in the Bay Area, maybe not even in all of California matches the absolute splendor of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. For that and Dinosaur Provincial Park, and it's better urban park system/minimal sprawl, even though it's perhaps less well rounded, Calgary has the edge here for me. Verdict: Calgary

Final Score:
Calgary: 2
San Jose: 2
Tie: 5
Overall: I really don't have a strong preference between the two, I think you finally found what at least right now, despite their vast differences, is an interesting peer comparison city for San Jose. I think that I could have a pretty good time overall in and around both. If you compare SJ to Calgary when accounting for SF, then SJ most likely has the edge in terms of more to do/experience from a visitor perspective. Living? Like I said, at least right now I'm not certain I could afford to live in either (I don't think Calgary is cheap either). There is something undefinable I just sort of 'like' about a place like Calgary too, along with the increased 'bones' it has, that put these two about on equal footing. My guess is that a place like Brisbane, AU, or perhaps Denver, are two other places I kind of perceive at a similar level as San Jose, in spite of their differences.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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1. Population: Seems like a silly criteria that doesn't truly influence which is better all that much, but here goes: Calgary is much larger/denser and it has a larger city population, though San Jose has a larger MSA population and a much larger CSA. Verdict: Tie (though, I must admit it's humorous to see the topper accounting for MSA/UA here, where it was ignored when comparing SJ with Sydney ; ))
2. Diversity: Both are very diverse. Calgary is the 9th largest foreign born population of cities in the world, San Jose is 8th in that regard. Verdict: Tie.
If you are using wiki as a source for number 2 I dont think it's very accurate, even Brisbane city has about 400,000 immigrants among 1.15 million people these days.
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