Gilroy is the southernmost city of Santa Clara County. Gilroy has the honor to be known as The Garlic Capital of the World and there is an annual weekend-long Garlic Festival celebrating the stinking rose that draws in over 80,000 visitors.
Gilroy is named after a Scottish sailor named John Gilroy. He was left ashore in Monterey because he either had scurvy or he had jumped ship, it is unknown. John spent a lot of time traveling from Spanish mission to mission. He eventually converted to Catholicism, married a girl of Mexican decent and became magistrate of the village which was officially named Gilroy in 1870.
Today the biggest source of income in Gilroy is farming and food processing. Many workers commute north to San Jose and environs. Gilroy is home to the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear County Park and Henry Coe State Park.
Population: 51,700 (2013)
The average home price in Gilroy is $690,000 (2015)
Average rent in Gilroy $2,100 (2015)
Temperatures vary between an average annual low of 47 degrees and an average annual high of 75 degrees.
Gilroy is 45 minutes away from San Jose International airport.
The average yearly household income is $79,431. Compared to the US average of $52,250 and the minimum wage in Gilroy is $9.00.
South County Active Lifestyle in Gilroy
• Here is a partial list of activities and locations in Gilroy:
• Chitactac-Adams County Park, Watsonville Road
• Christmas Hill Park, Miller Avenue, 51 acres
• Coyote Reservoir for camping, fishing and boating
• Fifth Street Live Music Series
• Gavilan Community College, Santa Teresa Avenue
• Gilroy Farmers’ Market, Rosanna and 7th Streets
• Gilroy Garlic Festival, annually in July at Christmas Hill Park
• Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, Hwy 152 Pacheco Pass
• Gilroy Historical Museum, Fifth Street
• Gilroy Library, Hannah Street
• Mt. Madonna County Park, Hwy 152, 3,688 acres of hiking, camping
• Predator’s Archery, Monterey Street