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Overview

Introduction to Los Altos, California

Los Altos, California, in Santa Clara county, is 1 mile W of Mountain View, California (center to center) and 12 miles W of San Jose, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Jose metropolitan area. 

Los Altos History

Juan Bautista de Anza, the famous Spanish explorer, who led a voyage in the year 1776, discovered the region of Los Altos on his way to explore the Bay of San Francisco. The city of Los Altos was incorporated in the year 1952. The credit for the earlier development of Los Altos goes to Paul Shoup, an executive of the Southern Pacific railroad. By the year 1911, there were only 50 residential homes in Los Altos and a few office buildings and stores on the Main Street. Today, Los Altos is a thriving city with beautiful residential houses and business centers.

Los Altos and Nearby Attractions

  • Hillview Community Center and Park.
  • Marymeade Park.
  • Shoup Park.
  • Grant Park Center.
  • Heritage Oaks Park.
  • Lincoln Park.

Things To Do In Los Altos

The city of Los Altos provides various opportunities for recreation and fun. The city is dotted with scenic parks where people can enjoy various activities like picnicking, playing soccer, jogging and many more. History lovers can enjoy visiting the interesting museums in the city. The nightlife of the city is also exciting with the Friday night movies, festival of lights and various other events.

Los Altos Transportation

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International serves the city of Los Altos.

Los Altos Higher Education

The city is served by De Anza College.

People

Total Population 30,075
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 19.9%
Employed Population 16+ 12,807
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 68.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 80%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $208,586
% Above Poverty Level 97.4%
% Below Poverty Level 2.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.1%
Median Gross Rent $2,335
Median House Value $1,819,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.3%
US/American 0.7%
English 12.3%
Irish 11%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Los Altos Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Mountain View, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 94022, 94024
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94023
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.385
Longitude -122.113

Los Altos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PALO ALTO
Distance 4.6 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
Station NEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance 10.1 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
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Palo Alto 29,198 $51,685
Los Altos Hills 8,314 $250
Menlo Park 33,064 $160,378
Mountain View 77,973 $124,398
Palo Alto 66,478 $175,336
Sunnyvale 148,178 $123,996

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Los Altos High Schools

LOS ALTOS HIGH
201 ALMOND AVE.
650-968-6571
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,594 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

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