West Menlo Park, California

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West Menlo Park is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in San Mateo County, California, located between the majority of City of Menlo Park, the Town of Atherton, the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park and Stanford University (in Santa Clara County). As of the 2000 census, the community had a population of 3,629.

The area consists of suburban housing and a small business district along Alameda de las Pulgas, often just referred to as "the Alameda" (literally, "Avenue of the Fleas": in Spanish "Alameda" means a row of trees or a street lined with trees, which extends the length of the Pulgas family land grant—whose name means "fleas"). It is served by the highly rated Las Lomitas School District and Menlo Park Fire District. More recently, West Menlo Park has gained a reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in North America. A notable newspaper recently ranked West Menlo Park #4 on its "top residential areas in California" article.[citation needed]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land. West Menlo Park has a mild climate.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,629 people, 1,420 households, and 955 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,299.8 people per square mile (2,802.3/km²). There were 1,451 housing units at an average density of 2,918.7/sq mi (1,120.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.46% White, 0.91% African American, 0.19% Native American, 7.25% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.46% of the population. There were 1,420 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

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