Population: 30,729
Households: 12,083
Employed Residents: 15,137
Housing Units: 13,063
Source: ACS 2019 5 year estimates

Jobs: 20,026
Employed Residents per Household: 1.22
Jobs per Employed Resident: 1.36
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 1.55
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 10.59
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics

For more information about the jobs/housing calculations visit our jobs and housing page.

2019 Homeless Count: 16 persons, all unsheltered
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count

Average Monthly Rent: $2,733

Rent Change Year over Year: -11%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021

Los Gatos 2020 Affordable Housing Inventory
Extremely Low-IncomeVery Low-IncomeLow-IncomeModerate IncomeTotal UnitsAffordable % of Total Housing Stock

SOURCE: Units reported in the Housing Element Annual Performance Report that received building permits in 2019 were added to the unit counts in the previously reported 2018 Base Year table.  This methodology necessarily means that any ELI units, if any, are included in the VLI category since that is how HCD has required production data to be reported.  The RHNA data on new units relies on self-reporting by jurisdiction and can include units for which building permits were issued that never got built.  The percentage of the total housing stock in the community is based the California Department of Finance’s Table E-5.

See more information on our affordable housing assets page.

2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation 

Every eight years, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is used to assign each city and county in California their “fair share” of new housing units to build. These units of housing are intended to accommodate existing need and projected growth in the region. The RHNA process is critical because it requires all cities and counties to plan for the housing needs of their residents, regardless of income, in an effort to plan for future growth and ease the Bay Area’s acute housing crisis. 

Many cities and counties regularly fall short of their RHNA targets, as the Bay Area’s housing crisis continues to grow. Each spring, jurisdictions are required to provide an Annual Progress Report to show how effective their efforts have been in achieving housing development targets by income level. The table below shows Los Gatos’ progress.

Los Gatos’ 2015-2022 RHNA Permit Progress as of 12/2020
Affordability LevelRHNA TargetPermits IssuedProgress to Target
Very Low Income2014924%
Low Income11233%
Moderate Income1328262%
Above Moderate Income17415489%

Permitting progress as of December 2020. Source: HCD 2020 Housing Element Annual Progress Report Permit Summary.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

All California cities and counties are mandated to permit ADUs and JADUs according to state law. The Legislature further updated ADU and JADU law effective January 1, 2021 to clarify and improve various provisions in order to promote the development of ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). These include allowing ADUs and JADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family dwelling, opening areas where ADUs can be created to include all zoning districts that allow single-family and multifamily uses, modifying fees from utilities such as special districts and water corporations, limited exemptions or reductions in impact fees, and reduced parking requirements. Please see the Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook (PDF) for more information for local government bodies and homeowners interested in adding an ADU or JADU to their property. Our partner, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley has kicked-off a major initiative, Small Homes, Big Impact to support ADU development throughout Santa Clara County, including outreach and education, and potential new financing mechanisms.

Los Gatos ADUs Permitted: 2017 – 2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total

Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

The Housing Element of Los Gatos’ General Plan includes a number of policies in support of its affordable housing efforts.

  • Affordable Housing.  General policies supporting a variety of housing types, including a mix of rental and ownership products, and fully utilizing available funding to finance affordable housing development.
  • Homelessness.  Support for the County’s Continuum of Care plan and Destination:Home’s Housing 1000 campaign to provide housing opportunities for the homeless, including emergency shelter as well as transitional and permanent housing.
  • AHOZ Zoning District.  The Town created a new zoning district, called, Affordable Housing Overlay Zone (AHOZ), with higher densities, relaxed development standards and incentives to encourage affordable housing production (incentives include financial concessions, reductions in required parking and setbacks, increased allowed lot coverages, waiver or deferral of building plan-check and inspection fees as well as construction mitigation fees. In 2018, the Council voted to reduce the sites within the AHOZ from 5 to 1.
  • ELI Housing.  Town staff meets periodically with affordable housing developers to provide technical assistance; provides expedited application processing; identifies funding opportunities; and offers potential incentives similar to those offered in the AHOZ district. 
  • Density Bonus. The Town offers a density bonus of up to 100 percent for developments that include housing for seniors, the disabled and/or low-/very low-income households.

Additional Resources

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