Menlo Park

Menlo Park is about far more than two of the world’s biggest social media platforms and its headquarters.

Welcome to Menlo Park 

Beauty and industry coalesce in the “Capital of Venture Capital”


Founded in 1854, the city of Menlo Park has evolved from a hamlet for railroad workers to one of the most prosperous and exhilarating enclaves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The home of Facebook (now Meta) and Instagram have innovation in the very air, a vibe that’s underscored by its high concentration of technology workers.

And yet, Menlo Park is about far more than two of the world’s biggest social media platforms and its headquarters. Here, you will find gorgeous, tree-lined streets lined with beautiful homes constructed on impressive lots and flourishing with greenery. The youthful, vibrant city also boasts an assortment of restaurants, bars, and breweries, often packed once the day closes. Add in historical charm and superb public transportation, and you can see why Menlo Park is one of the most idyllic spots on the Peninsula.

What to Love

 
  • A balanced and unparalleled quality of life
  • Proximity to San Francisco, Atherton, and San Jose
  • Considered one of the most educated cities in the U.S.
  • Pet-friendly, warm, and inviting

Local Lifestyle 


Menlo Park’s world-renowned distinction as one of the nation’s leading technology capitals naturally attracts technology professionals and their young families. And yet, the city also appeals to those who enjoy a wholesome, active lifestyle (the city features more than 100 gyms and fitness studios).

You’ll frequently find your neighbors relishing time outside (you may be thrilled to hear that Menlo Park sees considerably less fog than neighboring San Francisco). Picnicking at downtown Fremont Park, cycling on quiet streets, and hiking in the wilderness are all common activities for Menlo Park locals. Menlo Park’s proximity to Stanford University also renders it an excellent fit for students and professors.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 


If there are only two words to describe Menlo Park’s culinary scene, they would be fabulous and eclectic. Menlo Park and its neighboring cities can satisfy every craving, whether you’re in the mood for Brazilian fare or street tacos. 

Madera, for one, is one of the most sensational eateries in the city. Located in the Rosewood Sand Hill, this upscale venue specializes in inventive dishes inspired by local bounty. From tuna crudo with Nicoise olives to grilled Sonoma lamb chops with persimmon and pistachios, Madera surprises and delights with its selection of offerings. 

Flea Street is another winner. Specializing in fresh, New American cuisine, the hip eatery features dishes ranging from miso-glazed cod with ginger-scallion rice to Dungeness crab cakes with bitter greens and caper tartar sauce. And when a special occasion arises, take a short and worthwhile trip to Quattro Restaurant and Bar in East Palo Alto’s Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley. The views and ambiance are amazing, but it’s their genuine artisan cocktails that lure in a steady stream of Silicon Valley professionals.

Things to Do


Menlo Park’s ideal location means residents and visitors are within minutes of a spectacular range of activities. Whether you intend to spend a Saturday golfing or perusing the latest fashions in an opulent setting, Menlo Park and its neighboring cities will bring you ongoing pleasure.

The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park is one of the city’s greatest highlights. Situated on a lush, 36-acre state park, the museum underscores the discoveries and achievements made by the formidable inventor. The tours here are enthralling and optimal for adults and children curious about Edison's lasting impact.

Menlo Park also lives up to its name, with over a dozen verdant, lovely parks. Sharon Park is ideal for a serene walk or a picnic, while Bedwell Bayfront Park furnishes visitors with scenic views and trails for hiking.

Menlo Park’s picturesque downtown on Santa Cruz Avenue is also always abuzz with activity — and it’s here that you’ll find great boutiques and several venues for entertainment.

Schools


Families with children choose Menlo Park in large part because of its top-performing schools. A few of the best schools in the city include:
 
 

Overview for Menlo Park , CA

46,565 people live in Menlo Park , where the median age is 37.3 and the average individual income is $82,538.03. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

46,565

Total Population

37.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$82,538.03

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Menlo Park , CA

Menlo Park has 15,327 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Menlo Park do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 46,565 people call Menlo Park home. The population density is 3,745.44 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

46,565

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

37.3

Median Age

48.79 / 51.21%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
15,327

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$82,538.03

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Menlo Park , CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Menlo Park . The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Oak Knoll Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Phillips Brooks School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
4th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Mid-Peninsula High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Nativity Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Belle Haven Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Alto International School
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available

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