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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    A-
Los Altos is a suburb of San Jose with a population of 30,527. 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 dense 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
30,527

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$2,000,001
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,891
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Los Altos Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    19.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    9.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    258.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    606.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    51.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    4%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Los Altos

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$208,309
National
$55,322
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Los Altos Reviews

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Los Altos California is a wonderful place to live, and especially to raise children! It is safe and the people are usually very kind. The community areas like Downtown Los Altos are very quaint and have many local shopping opportunities. The schools here are also amazing, and provide so many resources to the students. Although, if you are someone who likes a more busy night life, this is not the place for you. There are very few places that are open after around 10PM. Also the housing market is very expensive.
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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.
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.