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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Menlo Park is a suburb of San Jose with a population of 33,869. Menlo Park is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Menlo Park offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Menlo Park there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Menlo Park and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Menlo Park are highly rated.
About Menlo Park...
Population
33,869

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$2,000,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,254
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Menlo Park 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
    69.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    25.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    317.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,354.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Menlo Park

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$147,824
National
$55,322
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Menlo Park Reviews

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Menlo Park is one of the most inviting communities. It is surround by many fun and lively locations like downtown Palo Alto and Redwood City, while still remaining a quiet and cozy place to live. Being in Menlo Park, I have been able to attend one of the best public high schools and participate and some of the best high school athletics. The amount of opportunities available in this area are endless. Lastly, being around such successful people in the Silicon Valley gives our students a boost of motivation to work hard and succeed in their lives after education, making Menlo Park an academically rigorous and competitive place.
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I have lived here for only 15 months and I can say it is one of my favorite towns even after living in sunny San Diego for seven years. People here are so friendly and welcoming to the area, my neighbors, my coworkers and clients. It is always very clean and easy to move around in. It is always secured by police, firefighters and security volunteers. There is a variety in citizen ages, ethnicities and religions therefore it is never an issue expressing my latin and catholic culture with others even though we have different beliefs. I rate it a 4 and not a 5 star because it does not have many restaurants or coffee places to go late night if I need a late night study session but that is all I can complain about. I do not need any crazy party place, I actually enjoy the tranquility and if I feel like going out there is always The City not too far from here!
I've grown up in Menlo Park and attended public schools K-12. I have to appreciate the safety, quality of education, and overall basic suburbia feel. However, it is difficult to afford to live in Menlo Park or the surrounding areas in terms of housing, food, etc. We are sandwiched between cities of low socioeconomic standing and Atherton, one of the most affluent communities in the country. The dichotomy between these two communities is interesting but racial divides are apparent if you care enough to open your eyes.