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Portola Valley, California - Basic Facts

The Town of Portola Valley had a population of 4,471 as of July 1, 2019. Portola Valley ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Portola Valley is located at latitude 37.3841 and longitude -122.2352 in San Mateo County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Portola Valley encompass a land area of 9.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Mateo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 459 feet.

The Town of Portola Valley (GNIS ID: 2412499) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Portola Valley is located within San Mateo CCD of San Mateo County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Portola Valley: Portola, Portolo Valley.

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Portola Valley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Portola Valley, CA Housing Affordability Index is 54
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Portola Valley, CA Wealth Index is 471
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 4,471
Population in Households 4,428
Population in Familes 3,757
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density 491
Diversity Index1 29
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $200,001
Average Household Income $297,601
Per Capita Income $119,091
Wealth Index3 471

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 1,911 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,410 (73.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 379 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 121 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $2,000,001
Housing Affordability Index2 54
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,790
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 1,282
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.29% 0.33%
Households 0.27% 0.29%
Families 0.24% 0.31%
Median Household Income   0.0%
Per Capita Income   1.27%

Portola Valley, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Portola Valley to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 675 56th
Population Density # 943 38th
Diversity Index # 1415 7th
Median Household Income # 22 100th
Per Capita Income # 2 100th

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