Willow Glen

Historic Downtown Willow Glen

photo courtesy of www.willowglen.org

ABOUT WILLOW GLEN:

Willow Glen is a neighborhood of San Jose, renowned for the pedestrian-friendly and historic downtown. It is bordered on the northern and eastern sides by Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River, respectively. Willow Glen boasts a diverse range of architecture – some areas have everything from Victorian to Tudor to Mission to Colonial Revival, all next to each other on the same street. The downtown area has a variety of restaurants and specialty shops, and is also the location for the annual street party called Dancin’ on the Avenue (along Lincoln Ave).

Willow Glen Dancing on the Avenue

photo courtesy of www.willowglen.org

HISTORY OF WILLOW GLEN:

The community developed around the historic downtown area in the 1800s, but it remained unincorporated until the 1920s. After the City of San Jose tried to get the Southern Pacific Railroad to reroute down Lincoln St., the community incorporated in 1927 in an effort to stop the rerouting of the rail through downtown Willow Glen. They were successful, but the new city began to struggle with some of the challenges of being an incorporated community – namely, the sewage system. The residents opted to be annexed to San Jose in 1936 in order to link with the city’s existing system.

POPULATION:

In 2012, Willow Glen’s population was 67,877.

NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS:

Cambrian, Los Gatos, Almaden Valley, Blossom Valley, Campbell

SCHOOLS:

San Jose Unified School District (K-12)

Campbell Union High School District (9-12)

Metropolitan Education District (9-12)

AMENITIES & ATTRACTIONS:

SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
6 miles from Willow Glen

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
38 miles from Willow Glen

Roberto-Sunol Adobe

Willow Glen Branch Library

Willow Glen Community Center

STATISTICS:

Average Commute Time: 29 minutes
Median Age: 37
Median Household Income: $78,006
Married: 51%
Have Kids: 47%
Average Temperature: ranges from 50s in winter to 70s in summer
Average Rainfall: 4-5 in. in winter, 0 in. in summer
Demographics: A large number of the residents are either high-income couples or high-income urban singles. High level of education (53% of residents have a Bachelors Degree or higher). 67% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic, 10% Asian.