West Menlo Park, California
|West Menlo Park|
|census-designated place & unincorporated community|
Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
|• Total||0.486 sq mi (1.259 km2)|
|• Land||0.486 sq mi (1.259 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||112 ft (34 m)|
|• Density||7,500/sq mi (2,900/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1867071|
West Menlo Park is a census-designated place and an Unincorporated community in San Mateo County, California, located between the majority of City of Menlo Park, the Town of Atherton, the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park and Stanford University (in Santa Clara County). As of the 2010 census, the community had a population of 3,659.
The area consists of suburban housing and a small business district along Alameda de las Pulgas, often just referred to as "the Alameda" (literally, "Avenue of the Fleas": in Spanish "Alameda" means a row of trees or a street lined with trees, which extends the length of the Pulgas family land grant—whose name means "fleas"). It is served by the highly rated Las Lomitas School District and Menlo Park Fire District. More recently, West Menlo Park has gained a reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in North America. A notable newspaper recently ranked West Menlo Park #4 on its "top residential areas in California" article.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land. West Menlo Park has a mild climate.
The 2010 United States Census reported that West Menlo Park had a population of 3,659. The population density was 7,526.9 people per square mile (2,906.2/km²). The racial makeup of West Menlo Park was 2,983 (81.5%) White, 28 (0.8%) African American, 2 (0.1%) Native American, 416 (11.4%) Asian, 4 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 52 (1.4%) from other races, and 174 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 201 persons (5.5%).
The Census reported that 3,650 people (99.8% of the population) lived in households, 5 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 4 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 1,356 households, out of which 574 (42.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 830 (61.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 98 (7.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 42 (3.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 61 (4.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 11 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 292 households (21.5%) were made up of individuals and 122 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69. There were 970 families (71.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.17.
The population was spread out with 1,069 people (29.2%) under the age of 18, 101 people (2.8%) aged 18 to 24, 998 people (27.3%) aged 25 to 44, 1,004 people (27.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 487 people (13.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.4 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
There were 1,422 housing units at an average density of 2,925.2 per square mile (1,129.4/km²), of which 1,091 (80.5%) were owner-occupied, and 265 (19.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%. 2,999 people (82.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 651 people (17.8%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,629 people, 1,420 households, and 955 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,299.8 people per square mile (2,802.3/km²). There were 1,451 housing units at an average density of 2,918.7 per square mile (1,120.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 77.6% non-Hispanic White, 0.7% non-Hispanic African American, 0.1% Native American, 11.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population. There were 1,420 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $125,881, and the median income for a family was $145,946. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $70,486 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $62,302. 2.9% of the population and 0.4% of families were below the poverty line. 0.3% of those under the age of 18 and 4.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
The place is mostly Democratic, with 47% being registered Democrats and 32% Republicans. In the state legislature, West Menlo Park is in the 11th Senate District, represented by Democrat Joe Simitian, and in the 21st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Rich Gordon.
- U.S. Census
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- SD14 partisan registration, retrieved 2008-09-13
- "California's 18th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 13, 2013.