Introduction to Menlo Park, California

Menlo Park, California, in San Mateo county, is 2 miles W of Palo Alto, California (center to center) and 17 miles NW of San Jose, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Francisco metropolitan area. Menlo Park contains a population of approximately 30,785.

Menlo Park History

The area that is currently known as Menlo Park was originally the property of two Irish immigrants, Dennis J. Oliver and his brother-in-law D. C. McGlynn. This was basically a tract of land on what was formerly called Rancho de las Pulgas. It was named 'Menlo' after the owners' former home of Menlough in County Galway, Ireland. In 1863, a nearby station was named "Menlo Park" by the San Francisco and San Jose Rail Road. The town of Menlo Park gradually developed around this station, and went on to become a popular home for many San Francisco businessmen. The town had its first post office in 1870. Menlo Park was incorporated in 1874.

Menlo Park and nearby Attractions

  • Allied Arts Guild
  • Bohannon Industrial Park
  • Menlo Park Central Library
  • McKeon Memorial Library
  • Willow Oaks Park
  • Sharon Shopping Center

Things To Do In Menlo Park

Menlo Park area has a rich historical heritage that is reflected in numerous museums in the neighboring area. One can begin by taking a tour of the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, or even the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. Among the historic sites are the Ardenwood Historic Farm and the Dunsmuir Historic Estate. Visitors can take full advantage of a number of amusement parks that provide excellent entertainment opportunities for adults and children alike. There are also a number of wineries like the Chouinard Vineyards, the Kathryn Kennedy Winery, the Elliston Vineyards, and the Westover Vineyards. Shopping plazas too are sure to attract the attention of visitors.

Menlo Park Transportation

Air transportation is available from San Francisco International Airport.

Menlo Park Higher Education

Stanford University is the local university.


Total Population 32,792
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 16,094
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 70.9%
Median Earnings25+ $72,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,198
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,870


Median Family Income $156,439
% Above Poverty Level 93.6%
% Below Poverty Level 6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 9.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,831
Median House Value $1


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.4%
US/American 0.3%
English 12.1%
Irish 10.2%

Menlo Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Palo Alto, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NW of San Jose, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94025, 94027, 94028, 94029
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94026
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.453
Longitude -122.181

Menlo Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 42 to 73 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 79 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Menlo Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Portola Vally (94028)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atherton 7,034 $250
East Palo Alto 28,920 $53,094
Palo Alto 65,998 $167,440
Portola Valley 4,478 $250
Redwood City 79,736 $98,149
Woodside 5,427 $242,143

Menlo Park Public Libraries

Menlo Park Public Library
800 ALMA ST.
Menlo Park, California
(650) 858-3460

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Menlo Park Hospitals

(650) 324-8500
Emergency Service: No

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Menlo Park High Schools

A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 223 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

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