About the City of Los Altos
Los Altos is a full service City with a budget of approximately $44 million and a full-time staff of 131 employees. The Civic Center complex houses the City Hall, Youth Center, Police Station, Library, History
Museum and Community Center. Los Altos, California (population 29,969) blends a distinctive community-oriented character with the proximity and influence of the Bay Area’s cultural, recreational and business attractions.
With its picturesque neighborhoods, downtown village and highly-rated schools, Los Altos is one of the premier residential communities on the San Francisco Peninsula and a very desirable place to live, work and raise a family. It is located 40 miles from San Francisco, just south of Palo Alto and minutes from the heart of Silicon Valley.
A previous Wall Street Journal article, titled, “The Top 10 Places to Raise Kids” identified Los Altos as the top locale in the entire San Francisco Bay Area for families with children.
The Los Altos School District provides K-8 public education throughout most of the City. It was the top-scoring elementary district in the state based on the 2006 Academic Performance Index Base Report, released March 27, 2007. The community also includes excellent private schools. Foothill College, as well as Stanford, Santa Clara, and San Jose State universities are all within close proximity to Los Altos.
The City has a long tradition of volunteerism, with many residents actively involved in City government and other community organizations. With its picturesque neighborhoods, vibrant downtown and highly-rated schools, Los Altos is one of the premier residential communities on the San Francisco Peninsula and a very desirable place to live and work.