Atherton stands as one of the wealthiest communities in the United States, with its roots tracing back to a haven of opulent estates owned by affluent San Francisco businessmen. While these estates have gradually transformed into subdivisions, Atherton remains steadfast in preserving its exclusivity by enforcing a minimum lot size of one acre. Spanning five square miles in the southern region of San Mateo County, the town is surrounded by Menlo Park, Redwood City, Woodside, and unincorporated areas of the county. Atherton features distinctive neighborhoods that contribute to its prestigious ambiance. Lindenwood, known for its tree-lined streets and luxurious homes, lies in the northeastern part of town. West Atherton boasts expansive properties. Atherton Oaks offers lush greenery, spacious lots, and a peaceful atmosphere. Atherton Heights, nestled in the hills, provides breathtaking views and a tranquil residential setting. Flood Triangle, a smaller yet upscale neighborhood, is located in the southern part of Atherton. These neighborhoods collectively offer residents an exclusive living experience in California's most coveted community.


For recreation, the Menlo Circus Club is a members-only facility offering amenities such as a swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, and equestrian facilities. In Downtown Menlo Park, the year-round farmers' market, known as the Menlo Park Market, showcases fresh produce from local farmers. Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton serves as a central gathering place for community events and programs, including sports, music classes, and seasonal celebrations. Atherton also boasts exceptional public schools, such as Encinal, Laurel, and Oak Knoll elementary schools, as well as Hillview Middle School and Menlo-Atherton High School. In addition, the town is home to prestigious private schools, including Sacred Heart Schools, Menlo School, and Menlo College, further enhancing the educational options available to residents. Atherton's commitment to providing top-notch education contributes to its reputation as a sought-after community for families seeking a high-quality schooling environment.

Overview for Atherton, CA

7,181 people live in Atherton, where the median age is 47.9 and the average individual income is $171,823. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

47.9 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Atherton, CA

Atherton has 2,244 households, with an average household size of 2.92. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Atherton do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 7,181 people call Atherton home. The population density is 1,431.58 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.92 / 50.08%

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Schools in Atherton, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Atherton. 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.
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9th - 12th
Sacred Heart Schools Atherton
PreK - 12th
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Encinal Elementary
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6th - 12th
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Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion
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Laurel Elementary
K - 5th
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