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Los Altos


City Facts


Los Altos  
 Population 28,2912
 Number of Households 10,8202
 Total Number of Businesses 1,3044
 Number of Retail Businesses (Consumer Goods) 8364
 School Enrollment (K-8) 4,2995
 School Enrollment (9-12) 3,6905
 Median Household Income $140,1293
 Persons per Household 2.773
 Median Age 46.1 yrs.3
 Population aged 65+ 21%3
 Median Single Family Home  $1,710,001

California Association of Realtors1
California Department of Finance2
Easi Demographics; Census 2000 Reports and Analysis3
The HdL Companies; City of Los Altos Major Industry Groups4
Los Altos School District, Mtn. View/Los Altos High School District5
The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce makes no representation that this “Profile” is absolutely accurate or complete. Errors and omissions, typographical, clerical and otherwise, sometimes occur. Compiled July, 2008.
Los Altos, incorporated as a general law city in December of 1952, is located 37 miles south of San Francisco. Los Altos covers 7 square miles and is bordered by Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino.
The Town of Los Altos Hills, incorporated in January of 1956, is located adjacent to the City of Los Altos. The primarily residential community of Los Altos Hills is 8.4 square miles in area.

Prevailing winds:   N/W
Mean hour speed:  6 mph
Elevation:   200 feet

Average mean temperature

January High  56
Low  37.5
July High  83.9
Low  53.1
Mean average yearly rainfall: 17.47 inches


Freeways – U.S. 101 (Bayshore Freeway) and Interstate 280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) provide access to San Francisco to the north and San Jose to the south. El Camino Real (Highway 82) is the main thoroughfare between peninsula cities.


San Francisco International Airport, one of the world’s major air terminals, is just 27 miles north via Bayshore Freeway.


San Jose International Airport, also a terminal for major flights, is just 20 miles to the south.

Public transportation within the city is provided by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which also connects the Los Altos area with other cities in the Santa Clara Valley, as well as with BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).


Economic Growth and Trends (U.S. Census)


  1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
Los Altos Population   19,696 25,062  25,769 26,599   27,722
Santa Clara County Population  658,700   1,064,714  1,400,100  1,607,673 1,729,900
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