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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Los Altos is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 30,238. Los Altos is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Los Altos offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Los Altos there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Los Altos and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Los Altos are highly rated.
About Los Altos...
Population
30,238

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$2,000,001
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,611
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Los Altos Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    23
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    13
    41
  • Robbery
    10
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    429
    500
  • Theft
    623
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$187,656
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    48%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    4%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%
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Los Altos is a very quaint, safe, and friendly town! Schools here really emphasize STEM and digital art education, and the high schools allow students to be really independent, with its open campus policy. I'm always chilling at this local cafe downtown, but it's too overpriced for a small cup of coffee. However, its downtown and nightlife is awful, where shops close during the late afternoon, and the attractions in downtown, namely boutiques, banks, high-end bakeries, and doctor offices, don't appeal to the high-schoolers here.
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Great town! Real estate is very expensive. Schools are very competitive and provide great preparation and opportunities for college. Los Altos has beautiful hiking in Rancho St Antonio Park. Robberies in Los Altos have become more common, especially during the day. Also, FedEx packages left on the porch are sometimes taken from homes.
Los Altos is a wonderful place to grow up. It is very safe, there education quality is very high, and there are many things to do for children of young ages. However, there is not much for teenagers or young adults to do and the few available options are expensive. The pressure to succeed and be involved in every extra curricular, internship, or club can be too much on students and I believe results in depression, anxiety, and loneliness.