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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Los Gatos is a suburb of San Jose with a population of 30,709. Los Gatos is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Los Gatos offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Los Gatos there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Los Gatos and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Los Gatos are highly rated.
About Los Gatos...
Population
30,709

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,476,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,111
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Los Gatos Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    22.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    9.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    13
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    227.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,038.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    136.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Los Gatos

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$132,671
National
$55,322

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Los Gatos Reviews

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You can bike, walk around, eat out and that's pretty much it. It's pretty boring. There's no racial diversity to speak of and no real sense of community. If you have kids in school or grew up in the area, you probably don't agree with that or, quite frankly, if you're a White person who loves suburbia and prefers a lack of diversity (no hate, just truth) then it's likely you'll consider this your utopia. If, on the other hand, you are someone of any stripe who appreciates any of the positives of city life, you'll likely hate it. I've lived all over and Silicon Valley is the strangest place I've ever lived with regard to human connection. People do a lot of walking around in this area but seem to go out of their way not to speak. It's just weird. Bottom line, if you have roots in this area, have a bushel of kids to raise, are a retiree who wants a slow environment, don't care about racial or economic diversity, and can afford it, come here.
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Los Gatos is a cute little town, yet as part of Silicon Valley it is definitely an affluent area. With that comes materialistic behavior, pricey shops and snobby rich kids. While living in Los Gatos, it was tolerable. There is not much to do, but Los Gatos High School is excellent academically, so it was somewhat worth it. Now living outside of Los Gatos, I would not live there again if given the choice, especially as a college student. It is a great place to raise a family or settle down for schools K-12, but after that and on your own there are much better, cheaper places (Santa Cruz). Also, traffic on 17 is horrendous every day!
We have lived in Los Gatos for 15 years. The public school system is excellent, my children are thriving, and the school and community are supportive and friendly. This is the perfect place to raise a family. Older teenagers most likely feel bored here but it is a safe family friendly area with a walking downtown and limited large franchises (although there is an Apple store downtown). Proximity to San Francisco is a big plus (40 minutes away) and David Kinch runs successful restaurants in this town because of the upscale tastes of a large proportion of the residents here. The biggest drawback is housing prices which are reflective of some of the most expensive in the Bay Area though not as expensive as Palo Alto or Atherton. The second biggest drawback is the increase in traffic congestion and population growth through the years with associated school crowding and residential developments. If you can afford to live here, it is perfect for families.