Life in Los Gatos, California

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Los Gatos, California? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Los Gatos?
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WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
Los Gatos has an ideal Mediterranean climate: not too cold, not too hot. Snow and frost are rare here, although there is a healthy dose of rain occasionally. There are a lot of vineyards in the area, and they chose this land because of the constant good weather, which is imperative for producing grapes on a commercial scale. There aren't any tornados or hurricanes here and the temperature hardly ever drop below 40' or go beyond 90'.
Los Gatos is definitely not a major crime area, no matter how you look at it. It does have thefts and burglaries though, but those are about the most serious any crime wave gets in this rustic little village. Bike thefts occur usually because people don't lock their bikes with a good Kryptonite type lock, and opportunity thefts happen when someone leaves a somewhat valuable item alone for more than 30 seconds, either in their unlocked vehicle or in a public space. No bank robberies or murders happen here, and the residents just love it.This is an affluent community and single-family homes in nice neighborhoods are quite expensive. Well-kept and gated communities are in every corner of Los Gatos and these places are the nicest and safest areas to live. South of Shannon Road, off of Wooded View Dr., is an example of some of the newer luxury homes Los Gatos has to offer. You can find them, and indeed, build them in any style you want, from Tudor and Victorian, to simply modern. Los Gatos also has some, (very few) areas that are not so expensive and it shows. There are tons of apartment complexes running north and south along the 17 up to the 101 and beyond. Apartments are fine and they allow people to get a good affordable start in life, but many times, apartment dwellers don't have the same vested interest in the community as homeowners.This is a small cozy community that is also a tourist haven because of its uniqueness and artistic spirit. Los Gatos is mostly white and educated. If you are a professional or simply an intellectual or an artist, you are definitely going to fit in. The people will love you and possibly admire you, but on the other hand, if you are homeless, jobless and appear unkempt with no future in your eyes, you may not feel all the love that this town really has to offer. This is a city of educated professionals and underneath the exterior of warmth and openness, there is little patience for people who appear to have no ambition or the lack of any prospects.
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You can't get any better than Los Gatos for shopping and just spending the day walking around downtown. This is actually a destination area that people travel to from hundreds of miles away. There are innumerable shops and boutiques to please everybody. The atmosphere is one of the most friendly and inviting in the whole country.Los Gatos Bar & Grill Restaurant is a great place to get a feel of this great town. Cin-Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant is another good choice for fun and night life.The public schools in Los Gatos are some of the most highest rated schools in the country. This is a great place to get a K-12 education.Plenty of night life in Los Gatos. Check out Santa Cruz Ave., Main St. and College Ave. for some great food, drink and music.
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Stay away from Santa Cruz Ave., College Ave. and Main Street after dark if you don't want to hear loud music and people having a good time. That's pretty much the only sound pollution you'll ever encounter in this neck of the woods.Monte Sereno is right next door to Los Gatos and although it's a lot smaller, it's also a lot richer than Los Gatos. Bigger and more expensive homes and bigger and more expensive cars. It's a bedroom community for sure, and there aren't a great deal of community amenities for its citizenry, but they do get to come home from work to their big mansions. Los Gatos doesn't have the riches of Monte Sereno, (the town's not broke either), but it does have something most towns will never have: charm and likability. That's the difference between Los Gatos and Monte Sereno and their other neighbor, Saratoga, charm and likability. Saratoga is a nice town too. It has vineyards, horses, music, food, etc. It just isn't Los Gatos, that's all. All three places are very good choices to live in, but Los Gatos is the one that you would choose if you could.El Camino Hospital takes care of Los Gatos and it is a full service medical center.Plenty to do in Los Gatos; There are art museums and art galleries and the History Museum to see. There's also Shakespeare in the Park, an art walk and the great old fashioned movie house, which is a must see, among hundreds of other things.
General comments   
The first time you go through Los Gatos, you'll want to get out of your car and kiss the ground. You'll feel like you have finally found the town of the 1940s movies where everything was perfect and nothing could ever go wrong. The old well painted houses and the scores of little shops along the main drag, look as though Los Gatos was caught in a time warp about seventy years ago and never escaped. It is simply a beautiful little town from which no one wants to leave.   
Los Gatos, California population: 29413

How many black people live in Los Gatos? How many white people?
Number of White People24060Percentage of White people81.8%
Number of Black People385Percentage of Black people1.3%
Number of Hispanic People2284Percentage of Hispanic people7.8%
Number of Asian People4192Percentage of Asian people14.3%
Number of American Indian People314Percentage of American Indian people1.1%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Los Gatos, California

Percent college grads: 64.6%
Percent grad school grads: 26.9%
Unemployment rate: 6.3
Median house value: 1000000
Median income: 120971

How many singles in Los Gatos?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
102512330.83men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
5406270.86men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
4927190.68men for each woman

Crimes in Los Gatos, California
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault160%0%
Auto Theft280%1%

Weather History for Los Gatos, California

Los Gatos, California Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000007099871100
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for Los Gatos, California?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year38000
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0000821598139031

How many hot humid days a year does Los Gatos, California have?
How many cloudy days a year does Los Gatos, California have?
How many sunny days a year does Los Gatos, California have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Los Gatos, California have? How windy is it?
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MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year0210421130162468176

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.