Los Altos

A scenic, quiet, conveniently located residential community in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Welcome to Los Altos

A beautiful Silicon Valley suburb with a small village atmosphere.
 
Los Altos is a scenic, quiet, conveniently located residential community in the heart of Silicon Valley. It features a charming old-style village with over 150 fine restaurants and shops in a six-block area, including farmers' markets, special events, and frequent movie nights. As a community, Los Altos residents enjoy its tree-lined streets and small-village atmosphere; the conspicuous lack of sidewalks and street lamps imbues the neighborhood with a rural feel.
 
We pick up the history of Los Altos in 1906 when a group of landowners formed the Altos Land Co. and bought 140 acres between Palo Alto and Mountain View (that original parcel was about 1/30 of the size of Los Altos today) from the Winchesters of rifle fame. Los Altos translates to “the heights” and refers to the town’s elevation. The Altos Land Co. continued to acquire land, and in 1952 — amid a postwar population boom — Los Altos became the 11th city in Santa Clara County.
 
Commercial areas are restricted to downtown Los Altos, where small shopping and office parks line Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. Outdoor enthusiasts will also find Los Altos perfect due to its many recreational opportunities, from sports fields and courts to several recurring events and festivals.
 

What to Love

  • Friendly neighborhoods
  • Numerous exciting parks and attractions
  • Walkable community
  • An upscale and quaint downtown
  • Tree-lined streets with a small-village atmosphere
 

Local Lifestyle

Los Altos offers a perfect mix of rural-urban living. Most properties were built in the 1950s and ‘60s with traditional ranch-style designs, many have been rebuilt or received various remodels and additions to create the perfect home. In addition, Los Altos offers a community-oriented atmosphere and heavily shaded streets that give the neighborhood a peaceful, homey feel like a small town.
 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Los Altos offers a unique selection of the best places to eat, shop, and have fun. Los Altos Grill is one of the top dining destinations, offering dishes like rotisserie chicken and baby back ribs served in a classy American diner with a fireplace. You will enjoy the restaurant's warm, inviting atmosphere, outdoor patio, and live music.
 
Check out State Street Market to experience a perfect mix of food and beverage concepts, each uniquely curated by award-winning local chefs. The Post is one of the most popular spots to meet family, friends, coworkers, and anyone who enjoys great food and cocktails in a convivial atmosphere. True to its name, State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria makes excellent pizza served in a family-friendly setting. And Chef Chu’s is a step above your garden-variety Chinese restaurant. Operational since 1970, Chef Chu’s professes to treat each day like its Grand Opening.
 
For an exceptional shopping experience in Los Altos, visit DeMartinis Orchard. Since 1932, the Orchard has provided customers and guests with a warm and enchanting shopping experience steeped in old-fashioned charm.
 
The acclaimed Los Altos Farmers’ Market runs from May through September. Visit the market in downtown Los Altos to join the community socializing and shopping farm-fresh local produce, gift baskets, and gourmet items. Sweet Shop along Los Altos Avenue is another great shopping area offering a range of confections, baked goods, coffee drinks, gifts, sandwiches, and more.
 

Things to Do

Los Altos is home to various adventures and attractions, from beautiful, comfy parks to exciting recurring festivals and events. Shoup Park is a must-visit spot, comprising a four-acre community gathering place with a playground, picnic area, and playable creek.
 
Toward Los Altos Hills, the six-acre Redwood Grove Nature Preserve is another welcome green space. Visitors of the forest enjoy strolling the boardwalk, eating lunch at picnic tables, and hiking the Hillside Trail, which follows Adobe Creek. You can also explore Los Altos History Museum next to the Community Center and Library. The Museum occupies a 1930s farmhouse with permanent and temporary exhibits on local history.
 
If you are in Los Altos to explore various events and festivals, join residents in celebrating the annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, an acclaimed event offering memorable rides, activities, and entertainment all weekend long. Fine Art in the Park is another enjoyable event celebrating captivating artwork from talented artists.  Or, spend your evening enjoying the Thursday Night Farmers Market with live music, incredible fruits and veggies, and favorite places to enjoy dinner, from French crepes to barbeque ribs.
 

Schools

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Overview for Los Altos, CA

51,221 people live in Los Altos, where the median age is 45.5 and the average individual income is $110,265.57. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

51,221

Total Population

45.5 years

Median Age

High

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

$110,265.57

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Los Altos, CA

Los Altos has 18,533 households, with an average household size of 3. 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. 51,221 people call Los Altos home. The population density is 2,841.25 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

51,221

Total Population

High

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

45.5

Median Age

49.26 / 50.74%

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
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
18,533

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$110,265.57

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

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
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Santa Rita Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Los Altos Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Covington Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Ardis G. Egan Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
School For Independent Learners
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Green Chinese School
PRIVATE
K - 4th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Georgina P. Blach Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
Oak Avenue Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montclaire Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5

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