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Los Altos (/lɔːs ˈæltoʊs/ ( listen)) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, in northern Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 and apricot orchards, Los Altos is now an affluent commuter town for Silicon Valley. Los Altos has several distinctive features. Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill Expressway
Foothill Expressway
and El Camino Real. Homes and other real estate are costly in Los Altos. The median household income of Los Altos for 2006–2010 was $149,964.[9] The average home listing price in 2014 was $1.96 million.[10] In 2017, Forbes
Forbes
put Los Altos (94022 and 94024) as the 3rd and 48th most expensive ZIP codes in the United States
United States
with median home prices of $7,755,000 and $3,431,615, respectively.[11] In 2018, data from the American Community Survey
American Community Survey
revealed that Los Altos was the fifth wealthiest city in the United States.[12] Los Altos means "the heights" in Spanish.[citation needed]

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Topography

3 Demographics

3.1 2010 3.2 2000 3.3 1930

4 Economy

4.1 Top employers

5 Government 6 Education

6.1 Public education 6.2 Private education 6.3 Public libraries

7 Parks and conservation

7.1 Sports 7.2 Media

8 Design and planning 9 Los Altos History Museum 10 Natural disasters

10.1 Earthquakes

11 Parades/activities 12 Notable residents and former residents 13 Sister cities 14 References 15 External links

History[edit] The area was originally called Banks and Braes.[13] 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. The company acquired 140 acres of land from Sarah Winchester. Shoup wanted to link Palo Alto
Palo Alto
and Los Gatos by making Los Altos a commuter town. It continued a train-a-day operation to and from San Francisco. In 1908, Southern Pacific Railroad began running steam train service through Los Altos (April 19, 1908) with five trains per day. Two freight cars served as train depot. Also, the first commercial building, Eschenbruecher’s Hardware, was built in downtown.[13] In 1913, the craftsman-style Los Altos train station was built at 288 First Street. 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
Palo Alto
and Mountain View,[14] so they decided to incorporate. Los Altos became the eleventh city in Santa Clara county on December 1, 1952. Train service stopped its operation in January, 1964, and the train track became Foothill Expressway.[14] In 1976, Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
and Steve Wozniak, along with others including Ronald Wayne, built the first 50 Apple I's in Jobs's garage in Los Altos. Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne founded Apple Computer, Inc
Apple Computer, Inc
on 1 April 1976.[15] Geography[edit] Los Altos is located at 37°22′5″N 122°5′51″W / 37.36806°N 122.09750°W / 37.36806; -122.09750 (37.36819, −122.097511).[16] According to the United States
United States
Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.487 square miles (16.80 km2). All of it is land. Topography[edit] 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
Permanente Creek
in the middle. Hale Creek
Hale Creek
is tributary to Permanente Creek, and Permanente Creek
Permanente Creek
is now largely diverted to Stevens Creek by a diversion channel. All three creeks originate on the flanks of Black Mountain. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1960 19,696

1970 25,062

27.2%

1980 25,769

2.8%

1990 26,303

2.1%

2000 27,693

5.3%

2010 28,976

4.6%

Est. 2016 30,561 [8] 5.5%

U.S. Decennial Census[17]

2010[edit] The 2010 United States
United States
Census[18] reported that Los Altos had a population of 28,976. The population density was 4466.8 people per square mile (1724.6/km2). The racial makeup of Los Altos was 20,459 (70.6%) White, 148 (0.5%) African American, 48 (0.2%) Native American, 6,815 (23.5%) Asian, 59 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 195 (0.7%) from other races, and 1,252 (4.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,132 persons (3.9%). The Census reported that 28,749 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 34 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 193 (0.7%) were institutionalized. There were 10,745 households, out of which 4,067 (37.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7,476 (69.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 599 (5.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 228 (2.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 199 (1.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 55 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,086 households (19.4%) were made up of individuals and 1,228 (11.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68. There were 8,303 families (77.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.08. The population was spread out with 7,560 people (26.1%) under the age of 18, 1,006 people (3.5%) aged 18 to 24, 5,273 people (18.2%) aged 25 to 44, 9,353 people (32.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 5,784 people (20.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.2 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males. There were 11,204 housing units at an average density of 1727.1 per square mile (666.9/km2), of which 9,002 (83.8%) were owner-occupied, and 1,743 (16.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.0%. 24,669 people (85.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,080 people (14.1%) lived in rental housing units. 2000[edit] As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 27,693 people, 10,462 households, and 8,024 families residing in the city. The population density was 4269 people per square mile (1648.3/km2). There were 10,727 housing units at an average density of 1653.6 per square mile (638.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.35% White, 15.42% Asian, 0.47% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race constituted 3.76% of the population. Of 10,462 households, 33.6% had minor children living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female head with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 18.7% were singles including 9.8% 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 44 years, much higher than the 35.3 national figure. 23.7% were under 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males. 1930[edit] Approximately 2,900 people would have considered themselves a resident of Los Altos.[14] Economy[edit] In 2015, Forbes
Forbes
placed Los Altos (ZIP codes 94022 and 94024) as the 11th and 57th most expensive ZIP codes in the United States, behind such cities as Atherton, California
California
and Sagaponack, New York. For the 94022 ZIP code, which includes parts of Los Altos Hills, California the median home price is $4.9 million with an average of 120 days on the market. For the 94024 ZIP code, the median home price is $2.8 million with an average of 36 days on the market.[20] Top employers[edit] According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[21] the top employers in the city are:

Top employers in Los Altos

# Employer # of Employees

1 Los Altos School District 568

2 Los Altos High School 217

3 Whole Foods Market 198

4 Coldwell Banker 190

5 Covenant Care 163

6 Alain Pinel Realtors 150

7 City of Los Altos 130

8 Adobe Animal Hospital 125

9 The Terraces at Los Altos 120

10 David and Lucile Packard Foundation 100

11 Guardsman, Inc. 100

12 United States
United States
Postal Service 100

13 Palo Alto
Palo Alto
Medical Foundation 85

Government[edit] In the California
California
State Legislature, Los Altos is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat Jerry Hill, and in the 24th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Marc Berman.[22] In the United States
United States
House of Representatives, Los Altos is in California's 18th congressional district, represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.[23] Education[edit] Public education[edit] Primary and middle school students attend schools in the Los Altos School District, the Cupertino Union School District, or Bullis Charter School (K–8). The Los Altos School District has one of the highest average API scores in California
California
and includes seven elementary schools in the Los Altos–Mountain View area. Local residents generally attend high school in one of two public school districts: Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, or Fremont Union High School District. All of the public schools are highly regarded,[24] and many graduates of Los Altos area high schools continue their education at well-known universities. Private education[edit] Los Altos is also served by highly regarded private and religious schools. St. Nicholas School, St. Simon School, Miramonte Elementary School, (JrK–8th)[25] Canterbury Christian School (K–6th),[26] the Lower and Middle Campuses (K–6th) of Pinewood School, The School for Independent Learners,[27] and the lower school campus of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula [28] are located within city limits. Others nearby include St. Francis High School (Mountain View), Mountain View Academy,[29] and The King's Academy (Sunnyvale).[30] Other schools farther away with students from Los Altos include Mitty High School, Menlo School, Woodside Priory School, Castilleja School, The Harker School, and Bellarmine College Preparatory. Public libraries[edit] Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County
Library operates the Los Altos Library and the Woodland Branch Library in Los Altos.[31] Parks and conservation[edit]

Dead and diseased trees in the Redwood Grove were cut down in 2017, and will be milled on site in 2018.

Mallard
Mallard
in May[when?], in Adobe Creek; the creek now runs dry by summer.

Adobe Creek flows through Redwood Grove, a 5.9-acre (2.4 ha) nature preserve off University Avenue in Los Altos purchased by the city in 1974. In October 2009 Los Altos contracted with Acterra to remove non-native plants and revitalize the redwood, oak woodland, riparian and grassland ecosystems by installing native plants, improving soil conditions, and creating habitat for wildlife such as bird houses and native bee boxes.[32] The Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) were transplanted by the Halsey family from a location on Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Cruz Mountains
and replaced the native willows. The historic Halsey House, built in the late 1920s by Theodore and Emma Halsey, is a good example of Spanish Revival architecture. The city designated Halsey House a local landmark in 1981 and until recently it housed the Florence Fava collection of Coastanoan or Ohlone
Ohlone
Indian artifacts from a nearby archeological excavation in Los Altos Hills (now moved to the Los Altos History House).[33] On June 16, 2010 the Los Altos City Council finalized the purchase of 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of creekside property from Delbert and Marlene Beumer, who wanted to provide a safe pathway connecting Shoup Park and Redwood Grove.[34] Steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) occurred historically in Adobe Creek. However, tidal gates at the mouth of Adobe Creek as well as culverts at the El Camino Real and Interstate 280 overpasses probably preclude the passage of migrating salmonids, even though the reaches upstream from Hidden Villa
Hidden Villa
have been judged excellent trout habitat.[35] Sports[edit] Los Altos has a variety of youth-oriented sports organizations, programs, and after-school activities. Some examples:

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club (MVLASC) has provided competitive soccer for the MVLA community since 1972. It is a member of the California
California
Youth Soccer Association – North (Cal North Soccer) and plays in the Foothill Youth Soccer League. The club has won 14 State Championships and two National Championships.[36] Los Altos–Mountain View Pony Baseball is for boys and girls aged 5 to 19. It is the largest youth baseball program in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a chartered league of PONY Baseball, Inc.[37]

West Valley Pop Warner offers cheerleading and football programs to local youth.[38] The El Camino YMCA
YMCA
Youth Basketball League teaches basic basketball skills and the YMCA's core values.[39]

Media[edit] The Los Altos Town Crier, a weekly, is the primary newspaper for the town, "serving the Hometown of Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
since 1947."[40] The San Jose Mercury News is the primary daily newspaper serving the town, delivering a Peninsula Section to Los Altans and locations north in lieu of the Local section delivered to those in San Jose and other communities closer to San Jose. Design and planning[edit]

An intersection in downtown Los Altos, with features like tree-lined sidewalks, diagonal parking, small shops, and banners advertising community events.

Los Altos strives to maintain a semi-rural atmosphere. Los Altos has few sidewalks except in commercial zones and along arterial roads. Minimum lot size for most residential housing is one-quarter of an acre. Most roads have broad dirt shoulders and little or no street lighting. The civic center sits in the middle of an orchard, a remnant of those that once covered the area. The downtown is a triangle with arterials on all sides that enable most through traffic to bypass Main Street. Many Los Altos homes fetch $2 million and higher, putting the city (along with neighboring Los Altos Hills, with which it shares ZIP codes) at numbers 24 and 28 on Forbes' "Most Expensive ZIP Codes in America" list in 2007.[41] Since the mid-1990s, downtown Los Altos has experienced mild economic difficulties due to competition from nearby shopping centers and chain stores, as well as its lack of a hotel or movie theater. Revitalizing downtown is a major issue in city politics.[42] Los Altos may have a legitimate claim to having the first scientifically designed sound baffle in the year 1970. Santa Clara County undertook a seminal study to calculate the effects of alternate soundwall designs along Foothill Expressway.[43] The resulting wall brought about the predicted reduction of seven to ten decibels in noise pollution levels experienced by adjacent homes. Los Altos History Museum[edit]

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Located in one of Santa Clara Valley's few remaining apricot orchards, the Los Altos History Museum explores the rich history of local people and how the use of the land over time has transformed the agricultural paradise once known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" into the technology hub that is today's Silicon Valley. Opened in spring of 2001 adjacent to the Los Altos Library, the Los Altos History Museum occupies an 8,200-square-foot (760 m2) building – built entirely with private donations; ownership went to the town in 2002. The Museum features a changing exhibits gallery as well as the permanent exhibit, "Crown of the Peninsula". With the mission to "collect, preserve and interpret the history of the Los Altos area," the Museum includes interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to encourage children and adults to learn about the community. Other programs include third and fourth grade tours and curricula for local school children, oral history collections, a traveling Ohlone
Ohlone
kit, and much more. There's more history just across the lushly landscaped courtyard in the landmark J. Gilbert Smith House. Built in 1905 and refurbished, the home nestles under majestic heritage oaks and replicates a 1930s farmhouse. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens and picnic tables even when the House and Museum are closed. Natural disasters[edit]

A store in disarray following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Earthquakes[edit] Los Altos is near the San Andreas Fault
San Andreas Fault
and subject to earthquakes.

1906 San Francisco earthquake
1906 San Francisco earthquake
– Although Los Altos was hit extremely hard (VIII on the intensity level),[44] the main local effort was to help rebuild nearby Santa Cruz, which was nearly destroyed.

1989 – On October 17, Los Altos experienced the Loma Prieta earthquake, but was spared major damage. Los Altos and its churches combined efforts to clean up hard-hit areas such as Watsonville
Watsonville
and Santa Cruz.

Parades/activities[edit]

Los Altos Kiwanis Club Pet Parade (A Los Altos family favorite, the Pet Parade is held the first weekend in May and is full of dogs, cats, birds, horses, and hamsters) Halloween
Halloween
Festival Main Street
Main Street
Parade Los Altos Rotary Club Fine Art Show Downtown Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, Los Altos Village Association Downtown Los Altos Farmers' Market, Thursdays 4–8 p.m., May through September, Los Altos Village Association[45] Los Altos Fall Festival, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce California
California
Country Annual Fall Antique Americana Show & Sale, June & October, Los Altos History Museum Festival of Lights Parade (held the Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend) Los Altos High School Homecoming Parade (Happens every year on the Friday of LAHS's homecoming week, usually in October. The parade features the Homecoming Court couples, LAHS Marching Band, Dance Team, Cheer Team, school board members and LAHS administration)

Notable residents and former residents[edit]

Frank and Josephine Duveneck Andrew Grove, co-founder and former CEO of Intel Juli Inkster, LPGA golfer Sergey Brin, one of the Google
Google
founders Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems William E. Moerner, 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Michele Raffin, writer and founder of Pandemonium Aviaries Mary G. Ross, the first Native American female engineer Allan Bakke, student who challenged the practice of affirmative action in the 1978 landmark Supreme Court decision Regents of the University of California
California
v. Bakke Dennis "Thresh" Fong, businessman and professional gamer of the Quake series General Oliver P. Smith, served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division during the Inchon Landings and Chosin Reservoir Campaign of the Korean War. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Facebook
founder, chairman and chief executive officer. Janet Lewis, author and poet, died at her home in Los Altos at the age of 99 on 1 December 1998. John Lee Hooker, world-renowned blues guitarist, died at his home in Los Altos on 21 June 2001.[46] Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer of Google. John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems

Sister cities[edit] Los Altos had four sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Bendigo, Australia Syktyvkar, Russia Shilin, Taiwan Rustington, UK

The program was run by the non-profit Los Altos Sister Cities, Inc., founded in 1988. That organization later decided to cease its participation and is now dissolved.[when?] Los Altos no longer participates in the sister cities program.[47] References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Los Altos.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Los Altos, California.

Official website Los Altos History Museum Los Altos Town Crier – city newspaper

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Ohlone
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Silicon Valley
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attractions

Arboreta / Gardens

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Cultural

American Musical Theatre of SJ Ballet San Jose Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Choral Project De Saisset Museum Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library Gurdwara Sahib Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies Mexican Heritage Plaza Montalvo Arts Center

Villa Montalvo

Opera San José SJ City Hall SJ Flea Market SJ Improv SJ Museum of Art SJ Rep Theatre sjDANCEco Symphony Silicon Valley Triton Museum of Art Viet Museum Vivace Youth Chorus

Event venues

Avaya
Avaya
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Events

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Silicon Valley
Comic Con Stanford Jazz Festival Christmas in the Park

Historical

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Alamitos Creek
Trail Los Gatos Creek Trail Plaza de César Chávez Rancho San Antonio Rosicrucian Park Sanborn County Park SF Bay Trail Shoreline Park Stevens Creek Trail Uvas Canyon Uvas Creek Preserve Uvas Reservoir Vasona Park

Science / Tech / Education

Children's Discovery Museum Computer History Museum Googleplex Intel
Intel
Museum Lick Observatory NASA Ames Exploration Center SJSU SCU Stanford The Tech Museum of Innovation

Shopping

Eastridge Great Mall Oakridge PruneYard San Antonio Santana Row Stanford Vallco Valley Fair Westgate

Theme parks and tours

Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad California's Great America Gilroy Gardens Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Raging Waters

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San Francisco
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