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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 Francisco with a population of 30,491. 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 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
30,491

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%
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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
    23
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    13
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    228
    500
  • Theft
    1,038
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    137
    284
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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.
My husband and I moved here in 2000 for the parks, farmers market, the TOP RATED SCHOOLS, and the small town feel.LG has Michelin star restaurants, and McDonalds, we have The Gap, AND very expensive boutiques. LG has Bugattis for sale near downtown, yet has a group of rat rods and muscle cars that cruise the main drag @8pm Sat nights. LG is 25 mins to surf Santa Cruz, 50 mins to SF to catch a play, concert, or a Giants Game. 15 mins to Sharks hockey game. 4 hours Tahoe. LG is a short commute to Google, Facebook, Apple, Ebay, Yahoo, Adobe, ALL tech employers.IMHO It's the American Dream!