Los Altos earned a figurative silver medal in a U.S. Census survey released last week documenting the most educated cities in California. The city of nearly 30,000, home to many Silicon Valley tech leaders and engineers, fell just behind Palo Alto.
The numbers were first reported by California Watch.
According to the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, a statistical subset of the U.S. Census, 76.2 percent of Los Altos residents 25 years and older have earned a bachelor’s degree. That number is up slightly from the approximately 75 percent figure in the previous report.
Approximately 42 percent have earned a graduate or professional degree – good for second on the list, also behind Palo Alto’s 49.8 percent.
The survey notes that only 1.3 percent of Los Altos residents are without a high school diploma.
Palo Alto, home of Hewlett-Packard and Facebook, registered a nearly 80 percent of residents with bachelor’s degrees.
Taking third place was Saratoga, followed by Cupertino, Manhattan Beach, Lafayette, La Cañada Flintridge, Davis, Berkeley and Menlo Park.
For more information or to read the full list, visit www.census.gov.