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Portola Valley

Founded in 1964, Portola Valleys' wonderful rolling hills, large parcels, and magnificent views make the town both remote and intimate.

Overview for Portola Valley, CA

4,458 people live in Portola Valley, where the median age is 55.6 and the average individual income is $164,242. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

4,458

Total Population

55.6 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$164,242

Average individual Income

Welcome to Portola Valley

Portola Valley is an incorporated town in San Mateo County that was founded in 1964. Its wonderful rolling hills, large parcels, and magnificent views make the town both remote and intimate at the same time. Its first mayor was Bill Lane. PV is located on the San Francisco Peninsula along the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, west of Interstate 280, with its southwest boundary along Skyline Boulevard. It borders San Mateo County neighbors Menlo Park and Woodside to the north and east, and its Santa Clara neighbors, Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills, to the south and east. Portola Valley's real estate options can generally be divided into seven subdivisions: Central, The Ranch, Corte Madera, Los Trancos/Vista Verde, Woodside Highlands, Westridge, and Blue Oaks, plus its unincorporated subdivision of Ladera. Alpine and Portola are the two main roads in town, and their intersection forms a small shopping nexus.

Portola Valley has proven to be the wealthiest town in America per the American Community Survey and by the U.S. Census Bureau, based on per-capita income for communities larger than 4,000 residents. PV’s 2010 US Census Bureau population of 4,353 residents have more currently risen to an estimated 4,600. Portola Valley real estate and home prices when it comes to Portola Valley homes for sale are among some of the highest in the nation.

Portola Valley was named for Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola’, who led the first party of Europeans to explore the San Francisco Peninsula in 1769. The already present Native American Ohlone (specifically the groups known as Olpen or Guemelento), was subsequently moved to Mission Dolores and Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The area’s written history dates back to 1833 when a square league of land was given to Domingo Peralta and Maximo Martinez by Governor Jose’ Figueroa to form Rancho Canada del Corte de Madera. In those days it was used for cattle grazing and lumbering.

​​​​​​​In 1886 the name Portola-Crespi Valley was bestowed on the area from the then community of Crystal Springs (now under Crystal Springs Reservoir) to the then community of Searsville (now in the area of present-day Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve). Crespi is derived from Juan Crespi’, a Franciscan friar who of was among the leaders of the Portola expedition.

Demographics and Employment Data for Portola Valley, CA

Portola Valley has 1,662 households, with an average household size of 2.66. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Portola Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,458 people call Portola Valley home. The population density is 490.81 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

4,458

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

55.6

Median Age

44.01 / 55.99%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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1,662

Total Households

2.66

Average Household Size

$164,242

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

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Around Portola Valley, CA

There's plenty to do around Portola Valley, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

5
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
7
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Neely Wine.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.46 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Portola Valley, CA

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