Gilroy is centrally located within a short driving distance of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, the San Joaquin Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gilroy is best known as the Garlic Capital of the World, and home of the annual Garlic Festival in July. But the city is also known for its peaceful residential environment, its award-winning parks, golf course and recreation programs, and for its urban forest, for which the city has won Tree City USA awards annually since 1979.
A variety of superior community facilities and resources have placed Gilroy high in recent surveys which have attempted to measure the quality of life in Bay Area cities. Major community facilities unveiled in the last decade include St. Louise Regional Hospital along U.S. 101, Wheeler Manor (senior residence) and an expanded Senior Center complex at Sixth and Hanna streets. The Gilroy library is also newly refurbished and computerized. Gavilan Community College in Gilroy is known for the beauty of its campus, set in the foothills which surround the city.
Downtown, new vitality and a healthy respect for history make for a lively and interesting town center. Mature neighborhoods blend with newer homes to create an ambient atmosphere for residential areas, served by nearby schools, parks and churches, and just the right combination of rural and suburban amenities.
Average home costs in the area are in the $658,500 range.
There are 15 public schools in the Gilroy Unified School District. Enrollment in the district is about 11,400 students. The School Board, which sets policy, adopts the budget and hires personnel, is made up of seven members elected to 4-year terms. The district has about 1,100 employees.
Five private schools serve an additional 400 students, and approximately 4,500 students attend Gavilan College.
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