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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population33,319
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+16,111
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married54.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher70.6%
Median Earnings25+$76,003
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,870
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,083

Wealth

Median Family Income$164,014
% Above Poverty Level91.9%
% Below Poverty Level8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work10%
% Using Public Transportation4.5%

Housing

People Living Alone24.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,934
Median House Value$1,581,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.4%
German12.1%
English11.2%
Irish10%
Italian5.9%
Polish2.9%
Scottish2.5%
Norwegian2.4%
French Except Basque2.3%
Russian2.1%
Swedish1.7%
Dutch1.6%
Arab1.2%
Romanian1.1%
Welsh0.9%
Swiss0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Portuguese0.9%
Iranian0.8%
Greek0.8%
Hungarian0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Czech0.5%
Turkish0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
African0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Slovene0.2%
Australian0.2%
South African0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
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Menlo Park Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94025, 94027, 94028
P.O. Box Zip Codes94026
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.47
Approximate Longitude-122.18

Menlo Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALO ALTO
Distance2.6 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp57 to 79 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip15.7 inches
StationWOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp36 to 60 F
Apr Temp42 to 73 F
Jul Temp51 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 79 F
Annual Precip28.7 inches
StationNEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 68 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp54 to 74 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atherton7,127$250
East Palo Alto29,353$55,953
Palo Alto66,649$176,797
Portola Valley4,550$250
Redwood City82,595$111,066
Woodside5,496$250

Menlo Park Public Libraries

Menlo Park Public Library
800 ALMA ST.
Menlo Park, California
(650) 330-2500

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Menlo Park Hospitals

Menlo Park Surgical Hospital
(Non-profit)
570 Willow Road
Va Medical Center - Menlo Park Division
(Government - Federal)
795 Willow Rd

Menlo Park Public Schools

Belle Haven Elementary
415 Ivy Dr.
ZIP: 94025
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Garfield Elementary
3600 Middlefield Rd.
ZIP: 94025
Primary
Total Enrollment 644
Hillview Middle
1100 Elder Ave.
ZIP: 94025
Middle
Total Enrollment 881
La Entrada Middle
2200 Sharon Rd.
ZIP: 94025
Middle
Total Enrollment 776
Oak Knoll Elementary
1895 Oak Knoll Ln.
ZIP: 94025
Primary
Total Enrollment 766
Willow Oaks Elementary
620 Willow Rd.
ZIP: 94025
Primary
Total Enrollment 705

Menlo Park Private Schools

Beechwood School
50 Terminal Ave
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 167
German - American International School
275 Elliott Dr
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 221
Mid-peninsula High School
1340 Willow Rd
ZIP: 94025
Secondary
Total Enrollment 111
Nativity Elementary School
1250 Laurel St
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 271
Peninsula School
920 Peninsula Way
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 212
Phillips Brooks School
2245 Avy Ave
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 220
St Raymond Elementary School
1211 Arbor Rd
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 230
Trinity School
2650 Sand Hill Rd
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 117
University Heights Montessori Childrens Center
2066 Avy Ave
ZIP: 94025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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