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City of Menlo Park
—  City  —
Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°27′15″N 122°10′43″W / 37.45417°N 122.17861°W / 37.45417; -122.17861
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Incorporated March 23, 1874
 - Mayor Rich Cline
 - Total 17.4 sq mi (45.1 km2)
 - Land 10.1 sq mi (26.2 km2)
 - Water 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)  41.88%
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2000 Census)
 - Total 30,785
 Density 3,040.1/sq mi (1,173.4/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 94025-94029
Area code(s) 650
FIPS code 06-46870
GNIS feature ID 1659108

Menlo Park is an affluent city in San Mateo County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the United States. It is located at latitude 37°29' North, longitude 122°9' West. Menlo Park had 29,964 inhabitants as of the 2007 U.S. Census.



In the nineteenth century two Irish immigrants, Dennis J. Oliver and his brother-in-law D. C. McGlynn, purchased a 1,700-acre (6.9 km2) tract of land on the former Rancho de las Pulgas.[1] In the 1850s they erected a gate with a wooden arch bearing the inscription "Menlo Park" at the entrance to their property (now the intersection of Middle Ave and El Camino Real).[2][3] The word "Menlo" derived from the owners' former home of Menlough in County Galway, Ireland.[1] In 1863, the San Francisco and San Jose Rail Road named a nearby station "Menlo Park" after the sign.[1] The 1867 station building still stands on the platform of the current Caltrain station, used by the local Chamber of Commerce. The town of Menlo Park grew up around this station, becoming a popular home for San Francisco businessmen.[1] A post office arrived in 1870, and the city was incorporated in 1874.[2] The original arch which gave its name to the stations and ultimately the city survived until 1922, when it was destroyed in an automobile accident.[1] The origin of the name of Menlo Park, California (ca 1850)[3] pre-dates any work done by Thomas Edison (ca 1876) in Menlo Park, New Jersey.


Menlo Park's California live oak (Quercus agrifolia) on the Civic Center grounds. This species is the city logo.

Menlo Park is located at 37°27′15″N 122°10′43″W / 37.45417°N 122.17861°W / 37.45417; -122.17861 (37.454188, -122.178579).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.4 square miles (45 km2), of which 10.1 square miles (26 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) is water. The total area is 41.88% water.

The main street in downtown Menlo Park is Santa Cruz Avenue, with the Menlo Center situated at its intersection with El Camino Real. The Menlo Park Civic Center is bounded by Ravenswood Avenue, Alma Street, Laurel Street and Burgess Drive. It contains the council offices, library, police station and Burgess Park which has various recreational facilities.


Cafe Borrone, adjacent to Kepler's Books in the Menlo Center, is a popular lunch spot in downtown Menlo Park.

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 30,785 people, 12,387 households, and 7,122 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,040.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,173.8 /km2). There were 12,714 housing units at an average density of 1,255.5/sq mi (484.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.35% White, 9.03% African American, 0.54% Native American, 6.15% Asian, 1.46% Pacific Islander, 9.56% from other races, and 4.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.60% of the population.

There were 12,387 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

As of the 1999 census, the median income for a household in the city was $84,609. Males had a median income of $79,766 versus $51,101 for females. The per capita income for the city was $53,341. About 4.2% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those over age 64. As of 2008 the median income for a family was $133,251.[6]


The city is mostly Democratic, with 47% being registered Democrats and 32% being Republicans.[7] In the state legislature Menlo Park is located in the 11th Senate District, represented by Democrat Joe Simitian, and in the 21st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Ira Ruskin. Federally, Menlo Park is located in California's 14th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +18[8] and is represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.

For over twenty years Menlo Park has had a well-defined local partisan split over environmental, traffic, and other issues, between many residents and business interests. This crosses traditional party lines (Republican/Democratic).[citation needed]


Much of Menlo Park's economy centers around the companies on Sand Hill Road, consisting of venture capital, private equity, financial services, law firms, and other professional service companies and investment vehicles focusing on technology.


Original Round Table

Historic Landmarks

North Face of Train Station

California Historical Landmarks

National Historical Landmarks National Register of Historic Places lists:

  • Barron—Latham—Hopkins Gate Lodge #8600195
  • Church of the Nativity (Menlo Park, California) #80000855
  • Menlo Park Railroad Station #74000556
  • Rock Magnetics Laboratory(USGS) #94001647.

Famous residents

Traffic and parking

Menlo Park suffers from traffic congestion at peak use hours owing to its proximity to Stanford University, and its lack of high capacity arterials that connect Interstate 280 to U.S. Route 101. Much of the city's arterial network consists of two-lane roads.

Since 1963, Menlo Park has had an ordinance that prohibiting parking between 2 AM and 5 AM on all residential streets in the city. The city has cited a number of benefits from this rather strict policy including: easier street maintenance, reduced crime, and easier access for nighttime emergencies.[9]

See also



  • Stanger, Frank M. South from San Francisco: The Life Story of San Mateo County 1963, publisher: San Mateo County Historical Association

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Simple English

Menlo Park is a city in California located in the San Francisco bay area. Menlo Park is on the peninsula between San Jose and San Francisco. To the south are Stanford and Palo Alto, and to the north is Atherton.

Menlo Park is home to various school districts. It has the schools La Entrada, Hillview, Oak Knoll, and Las Lomitas.

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