Los Altos

Los Altos

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The town of Los Altos was originally purchased by an executive at Southern Pacific Railroad, Paul Shoup, who then created the Altos Land Co. The 140 acres adjacent to Palo Alto and Mountain View were first owned by the Winchester family. Shortly after acquiring the land, the company planned a new town to service the South Pacific Railroad between Mayfield and Los Gatos and called it Los Altos. In Spanish, it means “the heights,” being that it was at the highest elevation between the two points. In 1964 the railway was converted into what we know today as Foothill Expressway. For many years Los Altos became synonymous with apricots. The town primarily consisted of orchards and agricultural land. Los Altos experienced slow growth, and its population remained relatively small. With nearby Stanford University and Silicon Valley, a hub for technology companies, significant prosperity was brought to Los Altos and the surrounding area. 

Today, Los Altos has become one of the most desirable places to live. With its semi-rural feel, residents can avoid the big city feel while still being conveniently located to many significant landmarks, including but not limited to Stanford University, Meta Headquarters, The Apple Ring, Google, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. In addition, Los Altos has two of the best school districts in the state, Los Altos and Mountain View Unified School Districts. Many families desire these schools to provide their children with the best opportunities possible.

Downtown Los Altos is one of the most scenic downtowns due to its old-style look with modern amenities. Enjoy superior restaurants, shops, and a pleasant place to stroll and explore. The town enjoys Foothill Community College, Los Altos Golf Course, and two country clubs to connect with more of the Los Altos community. The city also offers many trails for the more adventurous ones, Rancho San Antonio is only a short drive, walk or bike ride away and provides scenic views of the bay area from San Francisco down to San Jose. Los Altos also borders Palo Alto and Mountain View, two very popular peninsula destinations.

As of today, many Los Altos homes fetch $4 million and higher. The city is placed (along with neighboring Los Altos Hills, with which it shares ZIP codes) at numbers 24 and 28 on Forbes' "Most Expensive ZIP Codes in America" list in 2007. In 2015, Forbes placed Los Altos (ZIP codes 94022 and 94024) as the 11th and 57th most expensive ZIP codes in the United States, behind such cities as Atherton, California and Sagaponack, New York. For the 94022 ZIP code, which includes parts of Los Altos Hills, California the median home price is $4.9 million with an average of 120 days on the market. For the 94024 ZIP code, the median home price is $2.8 million with an average of 36 days on the market.

Demographics and Employment Data for Los Altos, CA

Los Altos has 7,263 households, with an average household size of 2.73. 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. 20,069 people call Los Altos home. The population density is 1,134.55 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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


Median Age

48.78 / 51.22%

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Commute Time

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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.
School rating
St Nicholas Elementary School
K - 8th
No rating available
K - 6th
Santa Rita Elementary
K - 6th
9th - 12th
K - 8th
Gardner Bullis Elementary
K - 6th
Ardis G. Egan Junior High
7th - 8th
School For Independent Learners
8th - 12th
No rating available

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