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Update: Menlo grows while neighbors shrink

2010 census data tracks demographic shifts

Months after census workers canvassed local neighborhoods, the 2010 census data is trickling out for public consumption.

While Menlo Park's population grew by 4 percent during the past 10 years, neighboring towns Atherton, Portola Valley, and Woodside lost residents, according to data released Tuesday, March 8.

The racial makeup of all four cities shifted as well, and while the amount of housing available increased, so did vacancy rates across the board.

Overall, the state population increased by 10 percent from 2000 to an estimated 37,253,956 people; San Mateo County is home to about 2 percent of that population.

Some specific changes since the 2000 census, based on information people provided regarding racial demographics:

● In Atherton, the white population decreased 9.4 percent to 5,565; the Asian population increased 29 percent to 911; and the Latino population increased 34 percent to 268.

● In Menlo Park, the Latino population increased 23 percent to 5,902; the Asian population increased 43 percent to 3,157; and the African American or black population dropped 28 percent to 1,551. (The white population increased 1 percent to 22,494.)

● In Portola Valley, the white population decreased 4 percent to 3,960; the Asian population increased 36 percent to 242; and the Latino population increased 17 percent to 175.

● In Woodside, the white population decreased 2 percent to 4,717; the Asian population increased 24 percent to 332; and the Latino population increased 5 percent to 243.

Below is an overview of the latest census, with comparisons to 2000 data. Some racial populations overlap, so the numbers in each category may not add to the total population given.

The Almanac will present a more detailed analysis later this week:

ATHERTON

Population 2010: 6,914

Population 2000: 7,194

Population change: 3.9 percent decrease

> Occupancy status/housing units: 2,530 housing units; 200 vacant (7.9 percent)

> Occupancy status/housing units 2000: 2,505 housing units; 92 vacant (3.7 percent)

> Race demographics 2010: 5,565 White (80.4 percent); 911 Asians; 268 Latino; 75 Black or African American; 7 American Indian or Alaskan Native; 45 Pacific Islanders; 311 other/mixed

> Race demographics 2000: 6,141 White (85.3 percent); 704 Asian; 200 Latino; 50 African American or Black; 12 American Indian or Alaskan native; 30 Pacific Islander; 257 other

MENLO PARK

Population 2010: 32,026

Population 2000: 30,785

Population change: 4.0 percent increase

> Occupancy status/housing units: 13,085 housing units; 738 vacant (5.6 percent)

> Occupancy status/housing units 2000: 12,714 housing units; 327 vacant (2.6 percent)

> Race demographics 2010: 22,494 White (70.2 percent); 5,902 Latino; 3,157 Asian; 1,551 Black or African American; 454 Pacific Islander; 156 American Indian or Alaskan Native; 1,438 other

> Race demographics 2000: 22,274 White (72.4 percent); 4,803 Latino; 2,201 Asian; 2,163 African American or Black; 389 Pacific Islander; 136 American Indian or Alaskan Native; 622 other

UNINCORPORATED MENLO PARK

Population 2010: 3,659

Population 2000: 3,629

Population change: 0.83 percent increase

> Occupancy status/housing units: 1,422 housing units; 66 vacant (4.6 percent)

> Occupancy status/housing units 2000: 1,451 housing units; 31 vacant (2.1 percent)

> Race demographics 2010: 2,983 White (81.5 percent); 201 Latino; 28 Black or African American; 416 Asian; 4 Pacific Islander; 2 American Indian or Alaskan native; 226 other

> Race demographics 2000: 3,174 White (87.4 percent); 263 Asian; 162 Latino; 33 Black or African American; 4 Pacific Islander; 7 American Indian or Alaskan native; 148 other

PORTOLA VALLEY

Population 2010: 4,353

Population 2000: 4,462

Population change: 2.4 percent decrease

> Occupancy status/housing units: 1,895 housing units; 149 vacant (7.9 percent)

> Occupancy status/housing units 2000: 1,772 housing units; 72 vacant (4.1 percent)

> Race demographics 2010: 3,960 White (91.0 percent); 242 Asian; 175 Latino; 12 Black or African American; 1 Pacific Islander; 5 American Indian or Alaskan native; 133 other

> Race demographics 2000: 4,146 White (92.9 percent); 178 Asian; 149 Latino; 18 African American or Black; 11 American Indian or Alaskan native; 2 Pacific Islander; 107 other

WOODSIDE

Population 2010: 5,287

Population 2000: 5,352

Population change: 1.2 percent decrease

> Occupancy status/housing units: 2,157 housing units, 180 vacant (8.3 percent)

> Occupancy status/housing units 2000: 2,030 housing units; 81 vacant (4.0 percent)

> Race demographics 2010: 4,717 White (89.2 percent); 332 Asian; 243 Latino, 23 Black or African American; 4 American Indian or Alaskan native; 4 Pacific Islander; 207 other

> Race demographics 2000: 4,828 White (90.2 percent); 267 Asians; 232 Latino; 20 Black or African American; 8 American Indian or Alaskan native; 6 Pacific Islander; 223 other

Comments

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Look carefully at the vacancy rates for Menlo Park and Atherton and realize that property values and therefore property taxes will continue to be depressed for the foreseeable future. Local jurisdictions that depend on property tax revenues should understand that controlling their expenditures is essential.


Posted by Love Them Stats, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

This information cries out for a graph -- especially since "Other" is the category that's changed the most.

And, Peter, March 2000, when the last census was taken, was the absolute height of the dot.com boom -- I believe the market crash was the following month -- so it's no wonder our vacancy rates were so low.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

Low vacancy rates in 2000 are not the issue, high vacancy rates in 2010 are critical because they are leading predictors of a very slow recovery in real estate prices and, hence, very slow, if any, increases in property tax revenues. Most local jurisdictions have built in cost escalations because of their labor agreements - if tax revenues do not increase then these local jurisdictions will see larger and larger structural deficits.

Census data is very valuable - IF anyone pays attention.


Posted by Census is very valuable IF, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

Peter:

It's important? Dang, I didn't fill it out. Michelle told me not to, that it's all an Obama Acorn conspiracy:

"Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's so worried that information from next year's national census will be abused that she will not fill out anything more than the number of people in her household.

In an interview Wednesday with The Washington Times' "America's Morning News," the Minnesota Republican said the questions have become "very intricate, very personal" and that she feared ACORN, the community organizing group that came under fire for its voter registration efforts last year, would be part of the U.S. Census Bureau's door-to-door information collection efforts."

But thanks for your important tidbit: "Census data is very valuable - IF anyone pays attention."

So happy to know....


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