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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population41,839
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+19,702
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married57.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.1%
Median Earnings25+$54,229
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,929
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,893

Wealth

Median Family Income$115,910
% Above Poverty Level91.4%
% Below Poverty Level8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone17.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,700
Median House Value$678,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.9%
German12.3%
Irish8.4%
English6.8%
Italian5.5%
French Except Basque2.4%
Portuguese2.4%
Swedish1.5%
Polish1.5%
Scottish1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Norwegian1.1%
Iranian1%
African0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Arab0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Russian0.3%
Australian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
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Morgan Hill Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Clara County
Standard Zip Codes95037
P.O. Box Zip Codes95038
Phone Area Codes408,669
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.17
Approximate Longitude-121.65

Morgan Hill 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
Distance10.2 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
StationLOS GATOS
Distance18.7 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
StationSANTA CRUZ
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp40 to 61 F
Apr Temp44 to 69 F
Jul Temp53 to 75 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Campbell40,788$122,381
Gilroy52,576$88,413
Los Gatos30,491$165,625
Monte Sereno3,514$239,500
San Jose1,009,363$99,608
Watsonville52,915$49,980

Morgan Hill Public Schools

Ann Sobrato High
401 Burnett Ave.
ZIP: 95037
High
Total Enrollment 1451
Barrett Elementary
895 Barrett Ave.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Central High (continuation)
85 Tilton Ave.
ZIP: 95037
High
Total Enrollment 143
Charter School Of Morgan Hill
9530 Monterey Rd.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
El Toro Elementary
455 E. Main Ave.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Jackson Academy Of Music And Math (jamm)
2700 Fountain Oaks Dr.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 594
Lewis H. Britton Middle
80 W. Central Ave.
ZIP: 95037
Middle
Total Enrollment 624
Live Oak High
1505 E. Main Ave.
ZIP: 95037
High
Total Enrollment 1050
Nordstrom Elementary
1425 E. Dunne Ave.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 637
P. A. Walsh Steam Academy
353 W. Main Ave.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Paradise Valley/machado Elementary
1400 La Crosse Dr.
ZIP: 95037
Primary
Total Enrollment 661
Silicon Valley Flex Academy
610 Jarvis Dr.
ZIP: 95037
Other
Total Enrollment 327

Morgan Hill Private Schools

Crossroads Christian School
145 Wright Ave
ZIP: 95037
Elementary
Total Enrollment 119
Kindercare Learning Center
605 E Dunne Ave
ZIP: 95037
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Little Sonshine School House
16970 De Witt Ave
ZIP: 95037
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Montessori Learning For Living
16900 De Witt Ave
ZIP: 95037
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Oakwood
105 John Wilson Way
ZIP: 95037
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 380
Shadow Mountain Baptist School
17810 Monterey St
ZIP: 95037
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 97
St Catherine Catholic School
17500 Peak Ave
ZIP: 95037
Elementary
Total Enrollment 315
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