Atherton is a small, rural, and residential community, with no industrial land-use base.

Welcome to Atherton

Quiet, peaceful, and boasting many gated properties and excellent private schools
If exclusivity is what you crave, Atherton is the perfect solution. This charming, upscale community features many beautiful estates, most with a minimum of one acre set behind large gates for ultimate privacy. Atherton is a true luxury neighborhood with a vibrant community spirit beckons to all who experience its beauty and peace.
With easy access to the Palo Alto and San Francisco, residents and visitors can find plenty to do just a few miles outside of town, even though Atherton doesn't have a commercial district. Locals are proud of the exclusive vibe that Atherton boasts, and love the perfectly-appointed streets and neighborhoods, with immaculate landscaping and decor.

What to Love

  • Lots of large, impressive homes line the streets of Atherton.
  • Widely regarded as one of the most expensive places to live in the United States.
  • Atherton is peaceful and very quiet.

Local Lifestyle

Those who call Atherton their home love the peace this exclusive area offers and the serene beauty of the town. There are charming shops and eateries within easy reach of Atherton, but if you want to experience wonderful restaurants and shopping experiences, you have many options in neighboring towns. Many celebrities call Atherton their home, eager to experience the laid-back California lifestyle in this extremely upscale location but you will mainly find professionals of many types call Atherton home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Residents and visitors in Atherton have plenty of options for dining and shopping. Check out Selby's Restaurant, located in nearby Redwood City. This upscale restaurant offers delicious food and wine, has impeccable decor, and an exceptional vibe. During the day, many young residents of Atherton attend school at Sacred Heart Schools, which features acclaimed educational programs and beautiful buildings. 
Menlo School is another popular educational facility, located in the heart of Atherton. It’s not all work and no play in Atherton, however. The Menlo Circus Club is a historic private club that hosts polo matches, trail rides, and horse shows. It also features equestrian lessons for those who wish to learn the basics of horsemanship.

Things to Do

Take a stroll in Atherton and you will find yourself amazed at the beautiful homes and landscaping. There are many things to do throughout the year in this attractive community, including a wide variety of special events and festivals hosted at Holbrook Palmer Park. Many residents of the area like to visit this park to enjoy picnics or play sessions, or simply to unwind and watch the world go by.
Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton hosts a holiday boutique every year that allows locals to pick up some fabulous handcrafted gifts for family and friends. Enjoy the holiday spirit while shopping and socializing with family and friends. Another annual event that residents look forward to is the Atherton Earth Day Festival, which is hosted at Holbrook Palmer Park. This festival is a great way to celebrate the earth while having fun with the community.


Most of Atherton is served by the Menlo Park City School District. There are many public and private schools, including:
  • Menlo-Atherton High School. Grades 9 - 12. Excellent sports programs and top-rated curriculums.
  • Laurel School. Grades Pre-K - 4. Acclaimed elementary school for young learners.
  • Encinal Elementary School. Grades Pre-K - 4. A beautiful facility and dedicated teachers and staff.
  • Las Lomitas School. Grades Pre-K - 4. Serving the Atherton area and the surrounding community.
  • Sacred Heart Schools, Grades Pre-K - 12. Private Catholic independent school educating children while providing religious and educational instruction.
  • Menlo School. Grades 5-12. Private independent school with acclaimed programs.


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Overview for Atherton, CA

7,181 people live in Atherton, where the median age is 47.9 and the average individual income is $171,823. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

47.9 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Atherton, CA

Atherton has 2,244 households, with an average household size of 2.92. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Atherton do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 7,181 people call Atherton home. The population density is 1,431.58 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.92 / 50.08%

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Schools in Atherton, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Atherton. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
Sacred Heart Schools Atherton
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Encinal Elementary
K - 5th
6th - 12th
No rating available
K - 3rd
No rating available
Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion
K - 5th
Laurel Elementary
K - 5th

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