Introduction to Los Gatos, California

Los Gatos, California, in Santa Clara county, is 7 miles SE of Cupertino, California (center to center) and 9 miles SW of San Jose, California. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Jose metropolitan area. 

Los Gatos History

This town was founded somewhere around the mid-1850s, when James Alexander Forbes built the Forbes Mill on the Los Gatos Creek. The area grew into a township, which adopted the name of the mill. The name was changed to Los Gatos after a land grant from the Spanish. Los Gatos was incorporated in 1887.

Los Gatos and Nearby Attractions

  • Forbes Mill.
  • Byington Winery and Vineyards.
  • Castle Rock State Park.
  • Castle Rock Falls.
  • Vasona Lake County Park.

Things To Do In Los Gatos

The area is surrounded by a number of bike trails running through the mountains. Biking is consequently a very popular activity. There are a number of parks and wineries which make for entertaining visits. The Castle Rock Falls are beautiful, home to some 50 foot waterfalls. The town also has some great restaurants and shopping areas.

Los Gatos Transportation

The closest major airport to Los Gatos is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International.

Los Gatos Higher Education

The Foothill College serves the area.


Total Population 30,398
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 14,354
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 57%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $157,701
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 10.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $1,816
Median House Value $1,208,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 10.9%
Irish 11.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Los Gatos Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Cupertino, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles SW of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 95030, 95032, 95033
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95031
Phone Area Codes 408
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.226
Longitude -121.973

Los Gatos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 59 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 85 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 22.6 inches
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,688 $112,135
Cupertino 60,171 $166,465
Monte Sereno 3,508 $229,583
San Jose 1,000,860 $93,781
Santa Clara 121,374 $114,020
Saratoga 30,817 $200,677

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Los Gatos Public Libraries

Los Gatos Public Library
110 E. MAIN ST.
Los Gatos, California
(408) 354-6898
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Los Gatos Hospitals

(408) 378-6131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Los Gatos High Schools

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Serves 1,608 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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