Scotts Valley is a small city in Santa Cruz County just north of Santa Cruz. Scotts Valley was named after Hiram Daniel Scott, who purchased Rancho San Agustin, including the valley, in 1850 from Joseph Ladd Majors. Before Majors, the property was owned by José Bolcoff. Bolcoff was the original settler and first European to claim title and live in what was to be Scotts Valley.
Over 12,000 residents call Scotts Valley home in an area spanning across 4.6 square miles. Generally summers are warm and dry, while winters are mild and generally rainy. Most rain falls as a result of winter Pacific storms between the months of November and April
Scotts Valley is known to be home of The Barn, a coffee house with a large area for concerts. In the '60s Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead performed in the Barn. Santa's Village was an amusement park in the '60s, located near highway 17, on which site later Borland campus was built.