Introduction to Morgan Hill, California

Morgan Hill, California is 19 miles SE of San Jose, California. It's a rural community situated in the southern portion of Santa Clara County and is bordered in the west by the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. The city was originally filled with ranches, orchards and farms, however it has become a bedroom community for Silicon Valley. El Toro is a prominent hill located to the west of the town. The San Andreas Fault and the Calaveras Fault are located in the region and both have produced large earthquakes. The city offers a mild Mediterranean climate. Morgan Hill is home to Ericsson Microelectronics, Anritsu, Intercon Technologies, Hospira Inc. and Alien Technologies.

Morgan Hill History

The Costanoan Indians were the initial inhabitants. In the past, the Morgan Hill area was a major Spanish land grant. In 1845 Martin Murphy acquired the Rancho Ojo de Agua de la Coche. His sons and daughters acquired a large amount of acreage in the area. Diana and Hiram Morgan Hill built an estate known as the Villa Mira Monte. In 1898 a Southern Pacific station was established. The community was known as Huntington, however the name was changed to Morgan Hill due to numerous train passengers asking the train to be stopped at "Morgan Hill's Ranch."

The first school was constructed in 1894. By the 1920s agriculture was thriving, including the production of prunes, pears, apples, peaches, apricots, walnuts and almonds. The vineyards were flourishing until Prohibition caused the production of the vineyards to temporarily cease. During the 1970s the city experienced substantial growth as a residential community for Silicon Valley.

Morgan Hill Attractions

  • Morgan Hill Museum.
  • Mushroom Madri Gras Festival.
  • The Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center.
  • Taste of Morgan Hill.
  • Friday Night Music Series.
  • Gallery Morgan Hill.

Morgan Hill Activities

The area includes a large number of parks for recreational activities. Anderson Lake County Park is nearby. The vast Henry Coe State Park is the largest state park in Northern California. It features high ridges and canyons, an abundant amount of wildlife and is available for hiking, mountain biking and picnics. The Morgan Hill Aquatic Center is a popular destination. Golfers enjoy the region's quality courses including the Coyote Creek Golf Club and the Eagle Ridge Golf Club.

The area's wineries are popular tourist destinations. The well known Gilroy Garlic Festival is nearby. A wide variety of activities and entertainment are available in close by San Jose. The popular Paramount's Great America is located in the region. The Santa Cruz beach is about 45 miles away. The Mount Maddona County Park is popular for hiking.

Morgan Hill Transportation

Air travel is available at the San Jose International Airport. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority offers local bus and express bus service to nearby San Jose and Sunnyvale. Caltrain offers weekday commuter rail transportation to Santa Clara Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula.

Morgan Hill Higher Education

San Jose State University is nearby.


Total Population 40,872
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 18,917
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 56.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.6%
Median Earnings25+ $51,600
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,070
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,750


Median Family Income $108,012
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%


People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,686
Median House Value $625,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 8.3%

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

Morgan Hill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles SE of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 95037
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95038
Phone Area Codes 408
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.13
Longitude -121.653

Morgan Hill Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station GILROY
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 79 F
Annual Precip 20.6 inches
Distance 18.7 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
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 53 to 75 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 40,688 $112,135
Gilroy 51,649 $89,266
Los Gatos 30,398 $157,701
Monte Sereno 3,508 $229,583
San Jose 1,000,860 $93,781
Watsonville 52,543 $47,604

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

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Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

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Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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