Atherton is a small, mostly residential, idyllic town on the San Francisco Peninsula, commutable to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley. Atherton is the most expensive zip code in the United States and the convenient and private location draws many affluent homeowners around the Bay Area. If you visit Atherton you may pass the residences of influential entrepreneurs, innovators, and powerplayers of the twenty first century such as Eric Schmidt, Sheryl Sandberg, Meg Whitman, and Charles Schwab. Although the community is small, it holds a plethora of active and well regarded organizations and establishments including the Atherton Arts Foundation, the Atherton Heritage Association, the Atherton Community Library, and the Atherton Civic Task Force and Menlo-Atherton High School.
For such a small neighborhood, Atherton has a rather interesting geography. Location wise, Atherton is two miles Southeast of Redwood City, 18 miles Northwest of San Jose, and is recognized as part of the San Francisco Metropolitan Area. With a total area of 5 square miles, and a population of less than 8,000 people, Atherton is a rural neighborhood covered in greenery and trees including native live oaks, white oaks, bays, redwoods, cedars, and pines. The town takes pride in their trees and has a Tree Committee that, according to the Atherton website, works in partnership with the town community to “perpetuate a healthy urban forest and to guide landscaping of public lands.”
The San Francisco Bay Area and Peninsula surround the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California. This includes the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and other towns and cities like Atherton. The Bay Area is known for its beautiful open spaces and public parks, its cultural diversity, and its sense of innovation and entrepreneurship. The infamous Silicon Valley includes San Jose and several South Bay Cities, and is home to tech leaders like Google, Apple, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo!, Intel, Marvel. This region is second in having the highest concentration of Fortune 500 Companies after New York.