Saratoga is a small, residential neighborhood in the foothills of the San Jose Mountains in California. Saratoga’s small-town vibe offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. With wineries and high-end boutiques, Saratoga is a great destination for visitors. It’s also a prime neighborhood for families who work in Silicon Valley; with a median income well into the six-figure range, it’s no surprise that Saratoga has made Bloomberg’s Businessweek’s list of the richest zip codes in America in recent years.
History of Saratoga:
In 1848, William Campbell picked Saratoga Creek as the location for his sawmill, but the California gold rush delayed his plans to develop the sawmill into a thriving business. After a few years, he agreed to lease it to Martin McCarty. McCarty build a new road for easier access to the mill, and all sorts of related industries like furniture factories, paper mills, and flour mills began to thrive in the surrounding area. The new community was known by a few different names in the beginning, but after the residents discovered a nearby mineral spring with the same chemical content as one in Saratoga Springs, NY, the town was officially named Saratoga.
The Pacific Congress Springs resort hotel opened up to provide lodging for travelers and wealthy residents, and the town of Saratoga became a resort destination instead of a dusty frontier town. By the late 1800s, Saratoga’s main industry had shifted from lumber to fruit orchards and vineyards, and Paul Masson opened Mountain Winery there in 1890. As more wealthy businessmen and politicians started to move to Saratoga and build large estates, the town became a popular residential community. After World War II, the nation started to shift towards urban and suburban developments, and Saratoga residents moved to incorporate in 1956 to avoid being annexed by the City of San Jose.
Approximately 31,000 people
Cupertino, San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno
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Saratoga Union Elementary District: grades K-8
Cupertino Union District: grades K-8
Saratoga High School: grades 9-12
Prospect High School: grades 9-12
Amenities: Shopping, restaurants, farmers’ markets, hospital, recreational areas and community centers, libraries
- Hospitals/medical centers near Saratoga: Good Samaritan Hospital | O’Connor Hospital | Kaiser Foundation Hospital
- 2 Amtrak stations within 10 miles of Saratoga
- Saratoga Library
- Joan Pisani Community Center
- Saratoga Farmers’ Market: Year round. Saturdays from 9am-1pm at West Valley College.
- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
- Median Age: 40
- Median Household Income: $147,918
- Married: 73%
- Have Kids: 40%
- Average Temperature: ranges from 50s in winter to 70s in summer
- Average Rainfall: 4-5 in. in winter, 0 in. in summer
- Demographics: Many residents are high-income couples with jobs in finance, medical, or technical fields. There are also large populations of affluent immigrants and wealthy suburban families, both with high levels of eduation. 52% Caucasian, 41% Asian, 3.5% Hispanic.