Menlo Park 81 Exceptional
Menlo Park Livability #58 ranked city in California#2,407 ranked city in the USARanks better than 91% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Menlo Park Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Menlo Park Cost of Living Cost of living is 106% higher than California
Menlo Park
288188% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Menlo Park cost of living
A- Menlo Park Crime Total crime is 34% lower than California
Total crime
1,87127% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5427% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Menlo Park crime
A+ Menlo Park Employment Household income is 98% higher than California
Median household income
$126,045128% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$74,162149% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%48% lower than the US average
Menlo Park employment
C+ Menlo Park Housing Home value is 286% higher than California
Median home value
$1,581,700756% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,934104% higher than the US average
Home ownership
58%9% lower than the US average
Menlo Park real estate or Menlo Park rentals
B- Menlo Park Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
54%9% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:17% higher than the US average
Menlo Park K-12 schools
A Menlo Park User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Menlo Park
Overall user rating
81% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
77% 5 total surveys
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      Living in Menlo Park, CA

      Located in the state of California, Menlo Park is a medium-sized city with a population of 33,319 people. Menlo Park has a population density of 3,335 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Menlo Park is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Menlo Park has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 82% of the population is classified as married and 48% have kids.

      Living in Menlo Park can be a great experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Menlo Park and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Menlo Park to California and the national average.

      Menlo Park, CA receives 81/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #62 in California and #1,457 in the USA. Compared to the US average, Menlo Park ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Menlo Park has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (B+), education (B-) and employment (A+). There are some categories that Menlo Park does not rank well for, including: cost of living (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Menlo Park on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Menlo Park: Sunset Magazine Headquarters and Gardens, Kepler's Books, and Nak's Oriental Market.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Menlo Park has a violent crime rate of 155 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Menlo Park. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Menlo Park are affordable. Median real estate prices in Menlo Park come in at $1,581,700, which is 286.4% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Menlo Park, the home price to income ratio is 12.6, which is 96.9% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Menlo Park will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Menlo Park, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 14.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.4%.

      Menlo Park transportation information

      StatisticMenlo ParkCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute24min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work68.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool5.6%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.5%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle7.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.7%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home9.5%5.4%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (3)27354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (15)134711

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      Source: The Menlo Park, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).