Population: 30,697
Households: 11,013
Employed Residents: 13,978
Housing Units: 11,451
Source: ACS 2019 5 year estimates

Jobs: 8,532
Employed Residents per Household: 1.23
Jobs per Employed Resident: 0.64
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 0.76
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 4.39
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics

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

2019 Homeless Count: 10 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

Saratoga’s 2020 Affordable Housing Inventory
Extremely Low-IncomeVery Low-IncomeLow-IncomeModerate IncomeTotal UnitsAffordable % of Total Housing Stock
732231374333.8%

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 Saratoga’s progress.

Saratoga’s 2015-2022 RHNA Permit Progress as of 12/2020
Affordability LevelRHNA TargetPermits IssuedProgress to Target
Very Low Income14700%
Low Income956164%
Moderate Income1044341%
Above Moderate Income932527%
Total43912929%

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.

Saratoga ADUs Permitted: 2017 – 2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total
11102541873.8%

Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

The Housing Element of Saratoga’s General Plan includes a number of policies to promote affordable housing, including:

  • Amending the C-N (RHD) zoning district to increase minimum allowed densities from 20 units to 30 units per acre and increasing the maximum height limit from 30 to 35 feet.
  • Cooperating with developers to provide lower-income households with housing opportunities.
  • Encouraging the development of housing affordable to ELI households by: conducting outreach to developers; identifying grant and other funding opportunities; and providing incentives over and above density bonus provisions.
  • Prioritizing rezoning of identified housing opportunity sites to promote a variety of housing types, including rental units affordable to lower-income households.

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