Once known as the "Sleepy Hollow of California," Menlo Park did not take off as a community until after World War II. Despite its proximity to Stanford University, Sand Hill Road venture capitalists, dot-com startups and research institutions, "Menlo Park still at least seems like a small town," note Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett in their published "Menlo Park: Beyond the Gate."
Landowners first incorporated back in 1874, but chose to "disincorporate" a mere two years later. It wasn't until 1927 that today's city was established.
Menlo Park now offers a suburban enclave with many urban amenities: from a bustling downtown and strong public school district, to plenty of parks and recreation facilities.
2014-15 CITY GENERAL FUND BUDGET: $72.1 million
POPULATION (2010): 32,026
HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 13,172
SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING (2009-13): 54.3 percent
MEDIAN 2014 HOME PRICE: $1,902,112.50
MEDIAN 2014 CONDOMINIUM PRICE: $1,200,000
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009-13): $112,262
Menlo Park Neighborhoods: