Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA
- Crime & SafetyB-
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingD+
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
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.
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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.
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.