Los Altos is a quiet, residential city with tree-lined streets and a quaint downtown.
Due to commercial restrictions, Los Altos lacks the tech and corporate presence of many Peninsula and South Bay cities. The city’s downtown features more than 150 shops and restaurants in a six-block area, with frequent movie nights, farmers' markets, and special events. A weekly newspaper, the Los Altos Town Crier, has its offices on Main Street.
Los Altos is an affluent community, with a median household income of $158,000, according to United States Census Bureau data. Of Los Altos’ 11,204 housing units, 84.5 percent are owner occupied. According to Forbes' 2014 list of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes, the city's 94022 and 94024 ZIP codes had median home prices of $2,896,103 and $2,527,908, respectively.
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