A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,819,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$2,335
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    15%
  • Own
    85%

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
    3
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    13
    41
  • Robbery
    3
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    392
    525
  • Theft
    634
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    62
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$175,938
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    48%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    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.
Great , but expensive, small town in the South Bay! The downtown is really cute and every year around the holidays they have a parade with the local marching bands. So fun!