The San Francisco Bay Area is diverse and has many resources. Here are some helpful links for your convenience.
Communities: Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View,,East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Woodside
Each of these communities has a little different flavor. These are reflected in local ordinances and values. Another good way of comparing these communities is looking at the local newspapers: the Almanac, the Palo Alto Daily and the Los Altos Town Crier.
Schools: You may be surprised when you look at reported school district scores. For the 2014 ranking, look here: School Ratings
Portola Valley School District, Menlo ParkSchool District, Palo Alto School District
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