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Overview

Introduction to Gilroy, California

Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara county, is 23 miles N of Salinas, California (center to center) and 29 miles SE of San Jose, California. The city is a major producer of garlic and is known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." It hosts the well known Gilroy Garlic Festival. Mushrooms and strawberries are also major crops. The area includes prominent cattle ranches.

Gilroy has a mild, Mediterranean climate. It has a very large Hispanic population. The municipality has been given numerous awards for the designs of its parks by the California Parks and Recreation Society.

Gilroy History

During the 1770s, pioneers led by Father Junipero Serra arrived in the region. In 1797 Mission San Juan Bautista was established. A seaman named John Gilroy who was a Scotsman and formerly known as John Cameron stayed in the area after his ship departed. He converted to Roman Catholicism and is recognized as the first non-Spanish settler in the region officially recognized by Spain. For years, Europeans and Americans established settlements while the region was controlled by Spain.

An increase in settlers occurred after California became part of the United States in 1848 and the major gold discovery happened in the Sierra Nevada region. In 1870 it was incorporated as the town of Gilroy. Agriculture was the primary factor for the economy. During the 1970s Gilroy was being developed as a bedroom community for Silicon Valley.

Gilroy Attractions

  • Gilroy Garlic Festival is regarded as one of the largest food festivals in the nation and one of the best garlic festivals in the world.
  • The Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs also includes a Buddhist shrine and a notable Japanese garden teahouse. It's listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Gilroy Premium Outlets is a popular shopping location.
  • Blacksmith George Eustice's House.

Gilroy Activities

Gilroy Gardens is a horticultural family theme park and features the notable Circuc Trees and numerous rides and attractions. Visitors enjoy the nearby Mount Madonna County Park. Uvas Canyon Park and Coe State Park are popular for a variety of outdoor activities. The region includes numerous noteworthy wineries.

Gilroy Higher Education

The city is home to Gavilan College.

Gilroy Transportation

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority offers bus services and express buses to nearby San Jose and Sunnyvale. Air travel services are offered at the San Jose International Airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population52,576
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+24,869
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married49.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.6%
Median Earnings25+$41,785
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,628
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,574

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,413
% Above Poverty Level87%
% Below Poverty Level13%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone14%
Median Gross Rent$1,521
Median House Value$528,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)66.6%
German6%
Italian5.8%
Irish5.4%
English4.6%
Portuguese2.8%
French Except Basque1.9%
Scottish1.3%
Swedish0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Iranian0.6%
Polish0.6%
Russian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
African0.5%
Greek0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Croatian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Arab0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
South African0.1%
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Gilroy Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Clara County
Standard Zip Codes95020
P.O. Box Zip Codes95021
Phone Area Codes408,669
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.06
Approximate Longitude-121.55

Gilroy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGILROY
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 60 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 79 F
Annual Precip20.6 inches
StationHOLLISTER 2
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp52 to 81 F
Oct Temp47 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.6 inches
StationLOS GATOS
Distance27.1 miles
Jan Temp39 to 59 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 85 F
Oct Temp49 to 76 F
Annual Precip22.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Capitola10,109$82,626
Hollister36,901$75,188
Morgan Hill41,839$115,910
Salinas155,889$53,864
San Juan Bautista2,327$63,000
Watsonville52,915$49,980

Gilroy Hospitals

St. Louise Regional Hospital
(Non-profit)
9400 No Name Uno

Gilroy Public Schools

Antonio Del Buono Elementary
9300 Wren Ave.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Brownell Middle
7800 Carmel St.
ZIP: 95020
Middle
Total Enrollment 899
Christopher High
850 Day Rd.
ZIP: 95020
High
Total Enrollment 1889
Dr. T. J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Pb17
ZIP: 95020
High
Total Enrollment 242
El Roble Elementary
930 Third St.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Eliot Elementary
475 Old Gilroy St.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Gilroy High
750 W. Tenth St.
ZIP: 95020
High
Total Enrollment 1364
Gilroy Prep School (navigators School)
277 I O O F Ave.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Glen View Elementary
600 Eighth St.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Hollister Prep
277 Ioof Ave.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 242
Las Animas Elementary
6550 Cimino St.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 681
Luigi Aprea Elementary
9225 Calle Del Rey
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Mt. Madonna High
8750 Hirasaki Ct.
ZIP: 95020
High
Total Enrollment 259
Rod Kelley Elementary
8755 Kern Ave.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 771
Rucker Elementary
325 Santa Clara Ave.
ZIP: 95020
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Santa Clara County Rop-south
700 W. Sixth St., Ste. L
ZIP: 95020
High
Solorsano Middle
7121 Grenache Way
ZIP: 95020
Middle
Total Enrollment 853
South Valley Middle
385 Ioof Ave.
ZIP: 95020
Middle
Total Enrollment 867

Gilroy Private Schools

Anchorpoint Christian School
2220 Pacheco Pass Hwy
ZIP: 95020
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
Gavilan Hills Academy
2080 Pacheco Pass Hwy
ZIP: 95020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Pacific West Christian Academy
1575a Mantelli Dr
ZIP: 95020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 318
Phoenix School/rebekah Children's Services
290 I O O F Ave
ZIP: 95020
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
St Mary School
7900 Church St
ZIP: 95020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 292
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