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Morgan Hill

City of Morgan Hill

  •   State: 
    Santa Clara County
    Morgan Hill
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    37°07′50″N 121°39′16″W
      Area total: 
    12.94 sq mi (33.51 km²)
      Area land: 
    12.94 sq mi (33.51 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    350 ft (107 m)
    Incorporated November 10, 1906
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
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    Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,500 residents per square mile of area (1,300/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Morgan Hill is a city in Santa Clara County, California, at the southern tip of Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an affluent residential community, the seat of several high-tech companies, and a dining, entertainment, and recreational destination, owing to its luxury hospitality, wineries, and nature parks. In the history of Morgan Hill, the Murphy, Dunne, and Hill families are of the most prominent significance. Prior to the arrival of Spanish colonists, the area of the Santa Clara Valley had been inhabited by the Tamyen nation of Ohlone people for more than 6,000 years. In 1845, Martin Murphy Sr., an Irish-born Mexican citizen, acquired the area and named it Rancho Ojo del Agua de la Coche. By the late 1850's, Californio ranchero José María Malaguerra began cultivating vineyards in Madrone, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By 1898, a significant community had built around what was then known as Morgan Hill's and a Southern Pacific Railroad station was built in the Huntington area. On November 10, 1906, the community, planned by C. H. Phillips, was incorporated as Morgan Town. In 1913, Hiram Morgan Hill died at his estate in Elko, Nevada, leaving his properties to help manage and manage his estate and baron's baroncy. The baron was called back to France to serve in the military and never returned to California.


The area of what is now Morgan Hill had been inhabited by the Tamyen nation of Ohlone people for more than 6,000 years. With the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, in 1777, the lands of present-day Morgan Hill were granted to the Roman Catholic Church. In 1845, Martin Murphy Sr., an Irish-born Mexican citizen, acquired the area and named it Rancho Ojo del Agua de la Coche. By 1870, the Murphy family had acquired around 70,000 acres (28,000 ha) of the Morgan Hill area. By 1898, a significant community had built around what was then known as Morgan Hill's Ranch, and a Southern Pacific Railroad station was built in the Huntington area. On November 10, 1906, the planned community, a result of the divisions of C. H. Phillips was incorporated as the Town of Morgan Hill. In 1913, Hiram Morgan Hill died at Elko estate in Nevada, thus leaving his properties to his daughter, Diana Murphy. Diana later remarried, in 1916, to Sir George Rhodes, thus ending the family's presence in the Santa Clara Valley. In the late 1850's, Californio ranchero José María Malaguerra began cultivating vineyards in Madrone, then an independent township just north ofMorgan Hill. The winery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now owned by the California Winegrowers' Association and is located in the town of Madrone.


Morgan Hill is located within the seismically active San Francisco Bay region. The 1984 Morgan Hill earthquake registered at a 6.2 magnitude. Morgan Hill is one of very few sources for a type of semi-precious gemstone marketed under the name "Morgan Hill poppy jasper" According to geologists, this local variety of orbicular jasper formed through a combination of volcanic and seismic activity on the slopes of El Toro. A local business, El Toro Brewing Company, has a collection of poppy j Jasper on display at their rural Morgan Hill brewery and on a large bar top inlaid with the stone at their brewpub. The local Poppy Jasper Film Festival is also named after the mineral. The official name shown on the U.S. Geological Survey's maps is simply "El Toro", although locals may refer to the hill as "Murphy's Peak". Visitors, not aware of the origin of the town's name, often mistakenly assume that El Toro is "Morgan" Hill. The iconic hill overshadowing the town to the west has been incorporated into the city's seal and official logo. The city is divided into numerous neighborhoods, which can in turn be divided into smaller communities. MorganHill's principal neighborhoods are Downtown, Paradise Valley, Chesbro Valley, North Morgan Hill, Henry W. Coe State Park, and Coyote Valley. The town is located in the Santa Clara Valley, which is a southern extension of the Santa Cruz Valley. It is about 24 mi (39 km) south of downtown San Jose and 13 mi (21 km) north of Gilroy.


The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Morgan Hill had a population of 37,882. There were 12,859 housing units at an average density of 998.2 per square mile (385.4/km²), of which 8,793 (71.3%) were owner-occupied, and 3,533 (28.7%) were occupied by renters. In 2007, the median income for a household in the city was $99,243, and the median age was 34.5 years old. In 2000, there were 33,556 people, 10,846 households, and 8,633 families residing in Morgan Hill. The average household size was 3.04. In the city, the population was spread out, with 10.838 people under the age of 18, 2,909 people (7.7%), 10,000 people (26.4%) aged 25 to 44, and 10,537 people (27.8%) aged 45 to 64. For every 100 females age 18 and over,there were 94.5 males. In 2010, the city had a median age of 34 years old, and there were 9,696 families (78.7% of all households) with the average family size of 3.39. The city's population was 72.40% White, 1.71% African American, 6.02% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 13.43% from other races, and 5.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.50%.


According to Forbes, Morgan Hill is one of the top 500 most expensive places to live in the United States. Morgan Hill, along with Saratoga, San Martin, and Gilroy make up the Santa Clara Valley AVA, a designated American Viticultural Area for wineries and vineyards. The city is served by the weekly Morgan Hill Times, founded in 1894 and published by New SV Media. The biweekly Morgan Hill Life, lifestyle publication, was founded in 2013, and is published by Morgan Hill life, LLC. The top employers in the city are: Anritsu, Flextronics, Hypnos Entertainment, TenCate Advanced Composites, Infineon Technologies, NxEdge Inc. and Harris Corporation. The City's 2018 Employment Report lists the top employers as: Morgan Hill City Hall, the Morgan Hill Police Department, and Morgan Hill Fire & Rescue. The Morgan Hill School District is based in the Madrone district of the city, and the city's schools are located in the San Jose Unified School District and the San Francisco City College District. The town is home to a number of high tech companies, such as Specialized Bicycle Components, a major global manufacturer of high performance bicycles, and Velodyne, a sensor and laser developer. It is also the home of the California Winegrowers Association, a trade group that promotes the development of wine and grape varieties in the area. The San Jose City Council is made up of seven members, including three members from Morgan Hill and two from San Jose.

Parks and recreation

Morgan Hill is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is home to the Gavilan College satellite campus. Morgan Hill is also home to a number of parks and recreation facilities. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, according to the 2010 census. The city is located on the San Jose-San Francisco border. It also is located near the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Catalina Mountains, which are part of the California Coast Range. The Santa Cruz mountains are located a few miles west of Morgan Hill, and are the second-largest state park in California, after Henry W. Coe State Park. The San Francisco-San Jose border is just to the east of the town. The Morgan Hill area is also known for its hiking and biking trails, which extend to San Jose, San Francisco, and San Jose. It has a large number of public parks, including Anderson Lake County Park and Coyote Creek Parks & Trails, as well as several community centers. The community also has a number of parks and sports facilities. They include Morgan Hill Community Park, including a skate park and off-leash dog park, and the Centennial Recreation Center, with gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, senior center, youth center and computer facility. They also include the Morgan Hill Aquatic Center, outdoor sports center, and Villa Mira Monte Monte, a community center with an amphitheater and satellite campus of Gavilan College. They are located in Morgan Hill's central area.


The current Mayor of Morgan Hill is Rich Constantine, who has served as such since December 2018. The current Morgan Hill City Manager is Christina Turner. The Morgan Hill Police Department is tasked with ensuring public safety within the city's incorporated borders. The city is in California's 19th congressional district, represented by Democrat Zoe Lofgren. It is in the 17th Senate District and the 30th Assembly District, both represented by Democrats, Bill Monning and Robert Rivas. The mayor is the head of the city council, which is the city government's semi-executive branch. The police chief is Shane Palsgrove, who was appointed in 2020. The council is made up of the mayor, the city manager, the police chief, and a handful of other elected officials. It has a population of about 2,000, with the majority of its residents living in the city center. It was founded in 1883. The first city council was formed in 1884. It became the first city to incorporate in 1891. The last city council met in 1894, and the current city hall was established in 1892. It's in the state of California's 17th state district, which includes Morgan Hill. In the state legislature, it is represented in the Senate by Bill Monned and in the Assembly by Robert Riva. It also has a mayor, Rich Constantine; the current mayor is Rich Constantine. The City Council is composed of the Mayor, the City Manager, the Police Chief, the Fire Chief and the Fire Department.


The Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) serves the whole of Morgan Hill, as well as San Martin, California and Coyote Valley. MHUSD schools have variously been awarded as National Blue Ribbon Schools, California Distinguished Schools, and California Gold Ribbon Schools. The district operates 4 specialized public "focus academies", through its innovative Tech Academies Initiative: Focus Academies will provide the opportunity for students to specialize their studies within broad fields (engineering, STEAM, maths, music, health sciences) Morgan Hill is also home to numerous private school, both religious and nonsectarian in nature. Morgan Hill also hosts a campus of Gavilan College, which was founded by Stanford University professors in the 1970s. The city is home to one of the best college preparatory schools in the Bay Area, Oakwood School. The school was ranked in the top 100 best public schools in California by Newsweek in 2008. The town also has a number of private schools, including Saint Catherine Catholic School, Crossroads Christian School, Spring Academy, and Shadow Mountain Baptist School. It is also the home of the San Martin/Gwinn - Dual Immersion Mulitcultural Education (90/10 Spanish & English Dual Language Immersion) school, which teaches Spanish and English in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese. The community also has its own version of the American football team, the San Francisco 49ers, which has won numerous league titles. The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series three times in a row, winning in 1998, 1998 and 2002.


The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority provides local buses and express buses to Gilroy, San Martin, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. Caltrain's Morgan Hill station provides weekday rush-hour commuter rail service. Small general-aviation aircraft are served by the uncontrolled San Martin Airport (E16), located at San Martin. San Jose International Airport is about 24 mi (39 km) away in San Jose. The Santa Clara County Library District operates the Morgan Hill Library, about 3.7 mi (6 km) south of Morgan Hill. The Morgan Hill neighborhood is home to the Santa Clara High School football team, which was founded in 1894. The school's football team won the California State Championship in 1998. The team's coach, Bob Greene, was named the California High School Football Player of the Year in 1999. The football team also won the state championship in 2000, 2001 and 2002. The San Jose High School baseball team was named after Morgan Hill's namesake, who was born in the area in the 1930s. The high school football team was also known as the San Jose Valley High School Baseball Team, founded in the 1950s and 1960s. It is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, near San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a football stadium, which opened in the 1970s, and a baseball field, which has been expanded in the 1990s and 2000s. There is a public library in Morgan Hill, which is open to the public. The library district also operates a library in Gilroy.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California = 11.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Morgan Hill = 5.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 1,964 individuals with a median age of 36 age the population grows by 14.53% in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,500 residents per square mile of area (1,300/km²). There are average 3.08 people per household in the 12,301 households with an average household income of $96,734 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 15.20% of the available work force and has dropped -6.13% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 12.54%. The number of physicians in Morgan Hill per 100,000 population = 263.9.


The annual rainfall in Morgan Hill = 21.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 50. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 255. 88 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 37 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 52, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California which are owned by the occupant = 69.46%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 23 years with median home cost = $463,120 and home appreciation of -16.74%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.62 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,279 per student. There are 22.7 students for each teacher in the school, 4701 students for each Librarian and 1446 students for each Counselor. 8.63% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 21.51% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.59% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Morgan Hill's population in Santa Clara County, California of 2,002 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,98-fold to 1,964 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.02% female residents and 49.98% male residents live in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California.

    As of 2020 in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California are married and the remaining 37.04% are single population.

  • 37.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Morgan Hill require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    75.66% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.82% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 4.37% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.04% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California, 69.46% are owner-occupied homes, another 27.39% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.15% are vacant.

  • The 42.24% of the population in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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