Portola Valley is a very small town located in the state of California. With a population of 4,570 people and just one neighborhood, Portola Valley is the 528th largest community in California.
Real Estate Prices
Portola Valley home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Portola Valley real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Portola Valley is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.99% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Portola Valley is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portola Valley who work in management occupations (26.26%), the sciences (12.31%) and sales jobs (8.81%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Portola Valley 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.
Also of interest is that Portola Valley has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.20% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Portola Valley is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Portola Valley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Portola Valley a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Portola Valley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Portola Valley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.