North Fair Oaks, California

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North Fair Oaks is a census-designated place and district for the purposes of the United States census in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County adjacent to Redwood City, Atherton, and Menlo Park. As of the 2000 census the area had a total population of 15,440. Because of the large number of residents from one Mexican state the area is also known as Little Michoacan. The larger area including North Fair Oaks and adjacent parts of Redwood City has a large Latino population and is known locally as Little Mexico. It is one of the most distinctive cities on the entire Peninsula, as it is one out of only two cities (the other being East Palo Alto) that have a substantial Hispanic population (the parts of Redwood City adjoining North Fair Oaks have more in common with North Fair Oaks than the rest of Redwood City).

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History

Fair Oaks was a residential area to the north of Menlo Park. Menlo Park attempted to incorporate the area Atherton incorporated first, leaving North Fair Oaks unincorporated. See Atherton for details and history.

One of the two Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct utility corridors on the San Francisco Peninsula was installed going through the area at an angle diagonal to the street grid which was already in place.

Geography and climate

North Fair Oaks is located at 37°28′31″N 122°12′13″W / 37.47528°N 122.20361°W / 37.47528; -122.20361 (37.475170, -122.203506)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the area has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

Proximity to mountains by the Pacific coast and the San Francisco Bay creates a microclimate that makes the area frequently sunny and warm with temperatures moderated by ocean and bay breezes. Similar conditions are found on the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa. This local microclimate is centered on nearby Redwood City which claims the slogan "climate best by government test".

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