The population of San Jose continued to grow rapidly in the 1980s with the boom of the electronics industry, specifically personal computers and integrated circuits. Its population grew from 629,442 in 1980 to 782,248 in 1990 and 1,682,585 in Santa Clara County in 1990. San Jose and other Bay Area cities saw their housing costs rise faster than the national average in the 1980s because of rapid job growth and in-migration. San Jose’s housing costs increased by 936%, the fastest growth in the nation over that time. Santa Clara County’s average home price in 2003 was approximately 330% of the national average.
San Jose overtook the San Francisco metropolitan area for the first time in August 1989, and now San Francisco ranks second in population to San Jose in the Bay Area.
The Trolley Barn was built in 1984 as a place to house and restore historic trolleys, as a joint project of the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation and History San José. The tracks that extend from the Trolley Barn run across Kelley Park, and on weekends, park visitors can ride the historic streetcars.