While famously known as host to Facebook’s world headquarters, Menlo Park is more than a tech talent pool. It’s a suburb perfect for families who appreciate a friendly, relaxed community. Even if lacking vibrant nightlife, Menlo’s proximity to San Francisco, along with excellent public transportation, keep it within reach.
The city lies on the eastern side of San Mateo County between Palo Alto and Atherton, making it one of the most exclusive towns in the bay area. Stanford University is located just a few blocks south of Palo Alto. Menlo Park is also one of the top 20 most educated cities in the U.S., with nearly 70 percent of its population having earned a bachelor’s or higher degree.
Menlo Park also serves as the epicenter for venture capital in the U.S. Many household names such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google got their starts with venture capital from Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.
Filled with quiet, tree-lined streets, Menlo Park, known as the “city of parks,” offers its citizens more than a dozen in its twelve quaint neighborhoods. The coastal Bedwell Bayfront Park has beautiful, well-maintained hiking trails. Ravenswood Preserve is perfect for walking and cycling along the water.