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Welcome to Gilroy ...

The city of Gilroy is located in Santa Clara County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Gilroy, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1851.

The city was incorporated March 12, 1870.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Gilroy has a population of 55,475 people<2> (see below for details).

Gilroy is 210 feet [64 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Gilroy lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Gilroy: (408) & (669)<4>

The ZIP codes for Gilroy: 95020-95021<5>

Websites for Gilroy ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Gilroy had an population of 55,475 people. This is an increase of 13.63% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 33.79% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gilroy had a population of 48,821 people. This makes Gilroy the county's 8th most populous community.

The population of Gilroy represents 0.13% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 171st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 48,821 people, the population of Gilroy increased 17.74% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 41,464 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Gilroy.

Communities Also Named Gilroy ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 2 communities that are also named Gilroy - they are located in Montana and Tennessee.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Gilroy.

Communities near Gilroy ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Gilroy.

  • Watsonville
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Morgan Hill
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Hollister
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • San Juan Bautista
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
  • San Martin
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
  • Sargent ‑ Historic
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sargent
    • Sargent is located in Santa Clara County
  • River Oaks
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for River Oaks
    • River Oaks is located in San Benito County
  • Aromas
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
  • Interlaken
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Interlaken
    • Interlaken is located in Santa Cruz County
  • Dunneville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunneville
    • Dunneville is located in San Benito County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gilroy. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Gilroy.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Gilroy. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Gilroy.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Gilroy. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Gilroy.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gilroy ...

Looking for more information about Gilroy? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Gilroy, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Gilroy.

Adding Gilroy to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Gilroy in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Gilroy was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Gilroy post office opened in 1851.

We also found Gilroy in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Gilroy.

The official website for Gilroy:

The official website for Santa Clara County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Santa Clara, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gilroy.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gilroy - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (669) is an overlay for area code (408).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Gilroy). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Gilroy or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Gilroy includes: 95020 & 95021.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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