Located just minutes from the high-tech heart of Silicon Valley and nestled against the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos offers a small town feel with big time appeal. With its well-educated and affluent population, Los Gatos is a unique community. Its natural beauty inspires a healthy lifestyle. Los Gatos is brimming with wineries, shops, and restaurants to please a variety of tastes. This sophisticated community is home to several technology start-ups and prominent entertainment companies.
An incorporated town in Santa Clara County, Los Gatos, California, lies in the San Francisco Bay Area, south of the bay, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It makes up an area of almost 11 square miles, and is home to a population that has seen slight growth of about 2.5% since the 2000 census to about 30,000 in July 2008. The city is quite diverse, with about 15% of its residents born outside of the United States. State Route 17 runs north-south through the city. Los Gatos is a known destination for antique shopping, and it has 10 vineyards.
The estimated median household income in 2008 was around $113,000, with per capita income around $70,000. At that same time, Los Gatos homes were estimated to have a median value of around $1.3 million. Because of its proximity to Silicon Valley, many residents work there: about 35% of the population is employed in the computer and electronic products sector.
Children who live in Los Gatos are served by 10 public elementary, three middle schools and four high schools. Private schools in the community include Yavneh Day School, Los Gatos Christian School, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Elementary School, and four secular private schools, Los Gatos Academy, Hillbrook School, Mulberry School and Stratford School. The Los Gatos Public Library serves residents, and medical attention can be received at the Community Hospital Los Gatos. For access to transportation, residents can take the Valley Transit Authority-operated buses, which travel from Santa Cruz and Main to the Winchester Transit Center. Connections can be made to Caltrain trains in nearby Santa Clara or to VTA light rail trains in Campbell. The nearest international airports are San Jose International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.