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Tree lined streets and a small village atmosphere characterize Los Altos which is located in the heart of world famous Silicon Valley. Just 40 miles south of San Francisco, Los Altos is a residential community served by seven small retail areas. The seven square mile city is developed with small businesses, schools, libraries and churches. Incorporated in 1952, Los Altos is a general law city.

Los Altos City Website

Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

Los Altos Village Association (LAVA)

Los Altos Dining Guide

Demographics

 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
 $1,710,0001

Sources: 
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.

Location

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.

Climate

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

Transportation
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