Portola Valley, California

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Portola Valley, California

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High Points

Portola Valley strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Portola Valley Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Portola Valley Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Portola Valley Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Portola Valley College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Portola Valley People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Portola Valley Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Portola Valley, California

Comparing Portola Valley to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 10
Racial Diversity 8 1
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 7 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 3
Housing Recently Built 5 3
People Living Alone 2 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Portola Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Palo Alto, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles W of San Jose, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94028
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.384
Longitude -122.234

Portola Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.5 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 7.2 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 14.3 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
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Portola Valley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 4,462 100%
Male 2,195 49.2%
Female 2,267 50.8%
Under 18 1,021 22.9%
18+ 3,441 77.1%
65+ 938 21%
Median Age 47.5
Average Family Size 2.93
White 4,146 92.9%
African-American 18 0.4%
Asian 178 4%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 43 1%
Mixed Race 64 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 149 3.3%

Estimated Portola Valley Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 4,417
Growth -45
Growth % -1%

Portola Valley Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 18.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
German 11.3%
European 8.7%
Irish 7.5%
Italian 5.5%
French (except Basque) 4.1%
Scottish 3.6%
US/American 3.4%
Norwegian 2.8%
Russian 2.5%
Polish 2.3%
Swedish 2.2%
Dutch 2%
British 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Hungarian 1.1%
French Canadian 0.9%
Danish 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Brazilian 0.7%
Czech 0.4%
Israeli 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Basque 0.3%
New Zealander 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Portola Valley, 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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Portola Valley 4,462 $180,893
Atherton 7,194 $200,001
Los Altos 27,693 $148,201
Los Altos Hills 7,902 $181,865
Menlo Park 30,785 $105,550
Palo Alto 58,598 $117,574
Woodside 5,352 $196,505
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