Los Altos

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Los Altos is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 28,976 according to the 2010 census.

Most of the city’s growth occurred between 1950 and 1980. Originally an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community. Los Altos has several distinctive features. Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. Los Altos means “the heights” or “foothill” in Spanish.

Los Altos is crossed by three creeks that flow north to San Francisco Bay, Adobe Creek on its western boundary, Stevens Creek on its eastern boundary and Permanente Creek in the middle. Hale Creek is tributary to Permanente Creek, and Permanente Creek is now largely diverted to Stevens Creek by a diversion channel. All three creeks originate on the flanks of Black Mountain.


Paul Shoup, an executive of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and his colleagues formed the Altos Land company in 1906 and started the development of Los Altos. Shoup wanted to link Palo Alto and Los Gatos by making Los Altos a commuter town. Southern Pacific Railroad began running steam train service through Los Altos in 1908. It continued a train a day operation to and from San Francisco, but stopped its operation[9] in January, 1964.

By 1949, many residents were dissatisfied with the zoning policy of Santa Clara county. Also, there was a constant threat of being annexed by neighboring Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Los Altos became 11th city in Santa Clara county on December 1, 1952.

Los Altos Demographics

 Los Altos California U.S.
Median Household Income $146,997 $61,283 $51,660
Median Home Price $1,368,770 $342,040 $183,450
Cost Of Living- % of Nat Avg 324% 135% 100%
Unemployment 6% 12% 10%
Violent Crime Index- 1=lowest 2 6 4
DPY With Sun 263
DPY With Precipitation 69
Population 28,149


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