The town of Los Gatos is an incorporated town in Santa Clara County, California, United States. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area at the southwest corner of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. More informally, known as "Silicon Valley." Once a quiet agricultural valley of orchards and small towns, the area has completely transformed over a period of forty years into an economic and technology powerhouse and cultural crossroads between America and Asia.
The nearby towns, which include the likes of Campbell and San Jose, have completely grown together into a vast sprawl of residential and commercial spaces. Major high-tech companies, research facilities and an enormous array of supporting small- and medium-size businesses fill the valley. Several defense technology suppliers are also present. The area has a distinct high-tech culture. College students are attracted to the area with nearby Stanford University and San Jose State University.
Many settle in the area because of career opportunity and the excellent climate, and are rewarded so long as they are tolerant of crowding and high prices. Entertainment assets and cultural activities are abundant and varied. Like many recent-growth places in California, some cities suffers from overcrowding and sprawl.
Neighborhoods such as Los Gatos, Los Altos, and Palo Alto at the western edges adjacent to Coastal Range foothills feature exceptional housing and appealing, small downtowns.
The broad, flat valley narrows considerably but continues south toward Gilroy. The sheltered, coastal, Mediterranean climate is ideal. Summers are clear, dry, and sunny, with normal daytime highs in the low 80’s. In the evening, marine air often delivers low, stratus clouds, known locally as “fog”, which typically burns off by mid-morning the next day. Light jackets are usually required in summer. The valley location and stable, summer air produce some hazy or smoggy days. Hot, desert winds sometimes blow in late summer and fall, but temperatures seldom reach 100. Winter is typically mild with days in the 60’s and nights in the 40’s, with occasional lows in the 30’s or upper 20’s. Winter is the rainy season; most precipitation falls when steady Pacific storms enter the area, but the coastal mountains reduce the impact.
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