About This Place
Ben Lomond is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 6,234 at the 2010 census.
Ben Lomond is located on State Highway 9, about 12 miles from Santa Cruz, California and 34 miles from San Jose, California (the nearest major city) at 37°5′24″N 122°5′24″W / 37.09°N 122.09°W / 37.09; -122.09 (37.09, -122.09).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²). The San Lorenzo River runs through it, and it is in what is known locally as the San Lorenzo Valley, which is at the foot of Ben Lomond mountain. The area was settled by Scots and is named after a mountain in Scotland. Ben Lomond means "beacon peak" in Gaelic.