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General Information on Saratoga

A Prestigious and Sophisticated Community…

  • Friendly Environment
  • Tranquil Lifestyle
  • Pleasing Climate
  • Desirable Housing
  • Beautiful City Parks
  • Charming Downtown Village
  • Award Winning Wineries
  • World Renowned Art, Music & Drama Events
  • Attractive Array of Shopping Environments
  • Welcoming Atmosphere for Businesses & Families
  • Excellent Public & Private Schools

Origin of City Name
Chosen because the water of the mineral springs, located about a mile above the village, closely resembled the mineral content of Congress Springs at Saratoga, New York.

Saratoga is located in Santa Clara County, 26 miles east of the Pacific Coast, 10 miles southwest of downtown San Jose, and 50 miles south of San Francisco. The city is situated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at an elevation of 500 feet.

Saratoga’s Mediterranean-like climate is typical of coastal northern California with year-round mild temperatures. The average temperatures May to October are 50-90 degrees, and November to April temperatures are 40-65 degrees. Rainfall averages 29 inches annually and usually occurs between November and April. Humidity is moderate to low. Winds are generally from a southerly direction in winter and a northwesterly direction in the summer.

Retail Sales Tax
State 7% City 1%
County .25% District 1%

Commercial Activity
There is limited commercial or industrial activity occurring within City boundaries. It is primarily a residential city. No areas are zoned for manufacturing, but 75.6 acres of developed land is commercially zoned in the city, representing about 1% of the city’s total acreage.

Population 29,843
Number of Square Miles 12
Number of Households 10,649
Number of Jobs 7,270
Number of Employed Residents 16,400
Median Persons per Dwelling Unit 2.83
Median Age 43.2
Median Household Income $184,500
**Statistics from 2000 Census and Association of Bay Area Governments**

Air: San Francisco International (40 miles) (650) 876-2377
San Jose International (10 miles) (408) 277-4759
Bus: Greyhound Bus Lines (800) 231-2222
Santa Clara County Transit (408) 321-2300
Highway 9 Connecting to State Highways 1 & 17
Highway 85 Connecting to State Hwy. 280 & US Hwy. 101
65 Cahill, San Jose (408) 287-7462 or (800) 872-7245
CalTrain Commuter Service
65 Cahill, San Jose (800) 660-4287
Water: Port of Redwood City (32 miles)