Menlo Park, CA
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Living in Menlo Park


Menlo Park is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 33,780 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Menlo Park is the 235th largest community in California.

Menlo Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Menlo Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Menlo Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Menlo Park is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Menlo Park who work in management occupations (20.67%), teaching (9.73%), and computer science and math (9.42%).

Also of interest is that Menlo Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Menlo Park has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 15.88% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Menlo Park, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Menlo Park is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Menlo Park use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Menlo Park‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Menlo Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Menlo Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 70.51% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Menlo Park in 2018 was $88,520, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $354,080 for a family of four.

Menlo Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Menlo Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Menlo Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Menlo Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.82% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Menlo Park include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.

In addition, Menlo Park has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.88%).

The most common language spoken in Menlo Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.