Archeologists have found that over 12,000 years ago, Native Americans from all over the California region converged on what is now known as Scotts Valley to trade goods. Today, Scotts Valley is still a regional hub of trade and commerce. In fact, the city is home to more than six shopping centers and nearly a dozen electronic firms. The town's close proximity to Silicon Valley technology has spurred rapid expansion in computer-related fields like software and electronics. Characterized as a thriving trade center, Scotts Valley benefits from an ideal location at the junction of local highways that connect several major metropolitan centers. Located in the San Lorenzo Valley in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Scotts Valley is situated between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz, six miles north of Santa Cruz and 30 miles southwest of San Jose. While the scenic mountains create the San Lorenzo Valley, they also provide a barrier between Scotts Valley and its bustling neighbor, San Jose. Thus, residents of Scotts Valley are able to enjoy a less populated environment as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding forest. Offering tranquil neighborhoods in rustic rural settings, Scotts Valley is a popular location for homebuyers who commute to jobs in the nearby Silicon Valley.