One of Santa Clara County’s oldest communities, Los Gatos, was originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos.
The Town was incorporated in 1887, and by 1890 it’s population had grown to 1,652.
Today, the Town population is estimated to be 30,391 in a 14 square mile area.
Los Gatos’ economics changed over the years from the wheat farming, milling, logging, orchard and cannery businesses in the 19th and early 20th centuries to the suburban, high tech, visitor destination businesses of today. The railroad also played a major role in the growth and development of the Town.
Los Gatos prides itself as a self contained community. Over 3,000 businesses serve the residents and act as a destination point for visitors who are attracted to its restaurants, hotels and variety of shops within a pedestrian oriented downtown setting. The Town is also an inclusive community with the full mix of ages, family sizes and incomes. Los Gatos has many parks and greenbelt areas, as well as a vibrant downtown area. Downtown Los Gatos is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the model of what communities strive to achieve in a downtown.