Los Altos

Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community for Silicon Valley.

Welcome to Los Altos

 
Los Altos, at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, began in 1906 when Paul Shoup, a Southern Pacific Railroad executive, formed the Altos Land Company with friends. They purchased 140 acres between Palo Alto and Mountain View owned by Sarah Winchester, widow of the inventor of the Winchester rifle. Over time the population (and the property area) grew. Originally an agricultural town bursting with summer cottages and apricot orchards, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community for Silicon Valley.
 
Perhaps the city is best known for the fact that in 1976 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with others, built the first fifty Apple computers in Jobs' Los Altos garage. Fast forward to 2015: Forbes ranks Los Altos ( zip codes 94022 and 94024) as the 11th and 57th most expensive areas in the US, behind Atherton. For the 94022 zone, the median home price was $4,900,000 million with an average of 120 days on the market. For the 94024 zone, the median home price was $2,800,000 million with an average of 36 days on the market. In other words, Los Altos real estate is prized and pricey.
 
Los Altos works hard to maintain its semi-rural atmosphere. There are few sidewalks outside the commercial zones and residential lot size is generally at least a quarter acre. Most roads have dirt shoulders and there is little street lighting. The civic center sits in the middle of an orchard. Nearby shopping centers give the commercial center a run for its money, but locals come out for farmers’ markets, arts and wine festivals, antique shows, and traditional seasonal parades and events.

 

Overview for Los Altos, CA

20,069 people live in Los Altos, where the median age is 47.9 and the average individual income is $135,923. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,069

Total Population

47.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$135,923

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Los Altos, CA

Los Altos has 7,263 households, with an average household size of 2.73. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Los Altos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,069 people call Los Altos home. The population density is 1,134.55 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,069

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

47.9

Median Age

48.78 / 51.22%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
7,263

Total Households

2.73

Average Household Size

$135,923

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Los Altos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Los Altos. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
St Nicholas Elementary School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Santa Rita Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Gardner Bullis Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Ardis G. Egan Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
School For Independent Learners
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
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