About Gilroy, California
Gilroy is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, United States, south of Morgan Hill and north of San Benito County. It is the southernmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a population of 54,117 according to the 2024 census. Gilroy is known as the “Garlic Capital of the World” and is home to the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. The city is strategically located in southern Silicon Valley, approximately 25 miles south of San Jose, with excellent freeway access to the entire Bay Area, the Salinas Valley, and Central California.
Gilroy has a Mediterranean climate, with mild year-round temperatures and an average rainfall of about 20 inches. The city has a diverse population, with approximately 60% Hispanic, 30% Caucasian, 9% Asian, and 1% African American. Gilroy is a growing community with a population representing about 3% of Santa Clara County.
The city has a rich agricultural history, with boutique wine production and the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival. Gilroy is also home to the city-owned Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, which features the “circus trees” of Axel Erlandson. The city has excellent transportation options, including San Jose International Airport, Caltrain, and several bus lines. Gilroy is a charming and unique city with a rich history and diverse community.