Portola Valley, California

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Town of Portola Valley
Town
Top of Sand Hill Road, looking back towards Portola Valley and Woodside
Top of Sand Hill Road, looking back towards Portola Valley and Woodside
Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°22′30″N 122°13′7″W / 37.37500°N 122.21861°W / 37.37500; -122.21861Coordinates: 37°22′30″N 122°13′7″W / 37.37500°N 122.21861°W / 37.37500; -122.21861
Country  United States
State  California
County San Mateo
Incorporated July 14, 1964[1]
Government
 • Mayor Ted Driscoll
 • Vice Mayor Maryann Moise Derwin
Area[2]
 • Total 9.093 sq mi (23.551 km2)
 • Land 9.092 sq mi (23.547 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.004 km2)  0.02%
Elevation 459 ft (140 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,353
 • Density 480/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94028
Area code 650
FIPS code 06-58380
GNIS feature ID 1659786
Website www.portolavalley.net

Portola Valley is an incorporated town in San Mateo County, California, United States. It was named for Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolà, who led the first party of Europeans to explore the San Francisco Peninsula in 1769. The population was 4,353 at the 2010 census.

Portola Valley is one of the forty wealthiest towns in the United States, with a median household income of $244,771 a year. Within the State of California, Portola Valley is ranked as the sixth wealthiest place. The zip code 94028, which encompasses the whole of Portola Valley, has the 9th most expensive housing prices within the country according to Forbes Magazine 2013.[3]

Geography[edit]

Portola Valley is located at 37°22′30″N 122°13′7″W / 37.37500°N 122.21861°W / 37.37500; -122.21861 (37.375023, -122.218635),[4] on the eastern slope of the Peninsula Coastal Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is on the town's southwest side and the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is on the north side of town. It is off Interstate 280, near Woodside, just west of Palo Alto and Los Altos and south of Menlo Park, and is in a mostly wooded area, with some open plains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.1 square miles (24 km2), 99.98% of it land and 0.02% of it water.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Portola Valley had a population of 4,353. The population density was 478.7 people per square mile (184.8/km²). The racial makeup of Portola Valley was 3,960 (91.0%) White, 12 (0.3%) African American, 5 (0.1%) Native American, 242 (5.6%) Asian, 1 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 29 (0.7%) from other races, and 104 (2.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 175 persons (4.0%).

The Census reported that 4,309 people (99.0% of the population) lived in households, 9 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 35 (0.8%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,746 households, out of which 518 (29.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,149 (65.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 70 (4.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 35 (2.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 37 (2.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 21 (1.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 420 households (24.1%) were made up of individuals and 290 (16.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47. There were 1,254 families (71.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.93.

The population was spread out with 1,001 people (23.0%) under the age of 18, 145 people (3.3%) aged 18 to 24, 538 people (12.4%) aged 25 to 44, 1,496 people (34.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,173 people (26.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51.3 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

There were 1,895 housing units at an average density of 208.4 per square mile (80.5/km²), of which 1,392 (79.7%) were owner-occupied, and 354 (20.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.8%. 3,702 people (85.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 607 people (13.9%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,392 people, 1,772 households, and 1,269 families residing in the town. The population density was 487.5 people per square mile (188.3/km²). There were 1,772 housing units at an average density of 193.6 per square mile (74.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 4,210 White, 29 African American, 22 Native American, 217 Asian, 5 Pacific Islander, 54 from other races, and 64 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 149.

There were 1,772 households out of which 532 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 1,176 were married couples living together, 68 had a woman householder with no man present, and 431 were non-families. 339 of all households were made up of individuals and 226 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the age distribution of the population shows 1021 persons under the age of 18, 90 from 20 to 24, 867 from 25 to 44, 1492 from 45 to 64, and 938 who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.5 years old. For every 100 women there were 96.8 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 91.7 men.

The median income for a household in Portola Valley, including earnings, is $244,771 and the median income for a family was $180,893. Men have a median income of over $100,000 versus $92,585 for women. The per capita income for Portola Valley is $99,621. About 18 families and 104 people were below the poverty line, including 38 of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Portola Valley School
Portola Valley School.jpg
Location 775 Portola Road
Coordinates 37°22′56″N 122°13′40″W / 37.38222°N 122.22778°W / 37.38222; -122.22778
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1904
Architect LeBaron R Olive
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74000557[6]
Added to NRHP June 28, 1974

Education[edit]

The Portola Valley Elementary School District has two public primary schools: Ormondale School (with grades K-3) and Corte Madera School (grades 4-8). Portola Valley is one of the few (perhaps only) school districts that has a school named after a race horse (Ormonde).[citation needed]

Portola Valley is also home to a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery and an independent college-preparatory Roman Catholic day and boarding school, Woodside Priory School, with grades 6-12.

The nearest public secondary school is Woodside High School, located in neighboring Woodside. Many children attend other public and private institutions such as Woodside Priory School (located within the town limits of Portola Valley), Menlo-Atherton High School, Summit Preparatory Charter High School, Everest Public High School, Saint Francis High School (Mountain View), Menlo School, Sacred Heart Preparatory (Atherton, California), Junípero Serra High School, and Crystal Springs Uplands School.

Peninsula Library System operates the Portola Valley Library.[7]

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Portola Valley is located in the 8th Senate District, represented by Democrat Leland Yee, and in the 21st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Rich Gordon.

Federally, Portola Valley is in California's 18th congressional district, represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.[8]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Portola Valley town". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Portola Valley Library." San Mateo County Library. Retrieved on October 17, 2009.
  8. ^ "California's 18th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ John Markoff (June 21, 2008). "Hewitt D. Crane, 81, Early Computer Engineer, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ Laurance Zuckerman (June 2, 1996). "Cuthbert Hurd, 85, Computer Pioneer at I.B.M". New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation (2003). "Manzanita introductions of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation". Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
  13. ^ Lisa Kwiatkowski (February 25, 2005). "Bill Lane makes a gift of $5 million to endow Stanford's Center for the Study of the North American West". Stanford University. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 

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