Population: 31,013
Households: 10,898
Employed Residents: 13,432
Housing Units: 11,282

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 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 

Saratoga Permit Progress as of 2019

Affordability LevelRHNA GoalPermits as of 2019Percent Progress
Very Low Income14700%
Low Income954952%
Moderate Income1041413%
Above Moderate932224%

Permitting progress as of December 2019. Source: HCD 2019 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

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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