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Gilroy, known far-and-wide as "the garlic capital of the world", sits at the southern most tip of Santa Clara County. The city is also known for its peaceful residential environment, its award-winning parks, golf courses, recreation programs, and for its "urban forest," for which the City has won Tree City USA awards annually since 1979.


A variety of superior community facilities and resources have placed Gilroy high in recent surveys which have attempted to measure the "quality of life" in Bay Area cities. Many Silicon Valley residents move to the Gilroy area to escape the soaring home prices, dead-lock traffic, and faster-paced way of life found in the northern parts of Santa Clara County. Mature neighborhoods blend with newer homes to create an ambient atmosphere for residential areas, served by nearby schools, parks and churches, and just the right combination of rural and suburban amenities. Gilroy residents enjoy mild temperatures, while missing most of the coastal fog, enjoying sunny days 70% of the time with average rainfall of about 19 inches.

Historically, Gilroy's economy has been based in agricultural products and processing. Over the years, prunes, tomatoes, flowers, onions and, of course, garlic, have contributed to the economic health of the agricultural industries. Food processing centers have also established themselves in Gilroy, and government centers also employ many local residents. The Outlets at Gilroy, a five-phase retail complex, draws shoppers from all over the Bay Area and Central Coast regions.


Gilroy has 12 parks, from 1/8 to 125 acres in size. Gilroy has won more park design awards from the California Park and Recreation Society than any other city in California, including awards for Christmas Hill Park (home of the Garlic Festival), Las Animas Park, San Ysidro Park, and El Roble Park. New facilities include two neighborhood parks adjacent to Luigi Aprea School and Rod Kelley School.


There are 13 public schools in the Gilroy Unified School District. Enrollment in the district is about 8,900 students. Five private schools serve an additional 400 students, and approximately 4,500 students attend Gavilan College.

Gilroy Average Home Sales Price

2000 - Present

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