A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,338,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,910
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

Los Gatos Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    42
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    19
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    449
    500
  • Theft
    1,396
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    145
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$127,278
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Los Gatos Reviews

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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!
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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.
Los Gatos is a safe, friendly neighborhood with a lot of great shops in Downtown. Great school system, big sense of community, and family friendly. A little expensive but worth it!