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Welcome to Atherton ...

The town of Atherton is located in San Mateo County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Atherton has a population of 7,054 people<2> (see below for details).

Atherton is 60 feet [18 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Atherton lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Atherton: (650)

The ZIP code for Atherton: 94027<4>

Websites for Atherton ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Atherton had an population of 7,054 people. This is an increase of 2.02% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 1.95% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Atherton had a population of 6,914 people. This makes Atherton the county's 16th most populous community.

The population of Atherton represents 0.02% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 405th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,914 people, the population of Atherton decreased 3.89% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,194 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Atherton.

Communities Also Named Atherton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 8 communities that are also named Atherton - they are located in Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri (2), Ohio and Ontario.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Atherton.

Communities near Atherton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Atherton.

  • San Jose
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
  • Fremont
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fremont
    • Fremont is located in Alameda County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 234,569 people
    • Former names for Fremont:
    • Centerville
    • Irvington
    • Mission San Jose
    • Niles
    • Warm Springs
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Fremont
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fremont <5>
  • Hayward
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Sunnyvale
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Santa Clara
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
  • San Mateo
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • San Leandro
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
  • Mountain View
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Milpitas
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Union City
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union City
    • Union City is located in Alameda County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 74,501 people
    • Former name for Union City:
    • Decoto
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Union City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union City <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Atherton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Atherton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Atherton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Atherton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Atherton. See our Newspapers Page for Atherton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Atherton ...

Looking for more information about Atherton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Atherton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Atherton.

Adding Atherton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Atherton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Atherton was mentioned on a train schedule titled Southern Pacific Railroad Time Tables (July 1929).

We also found Atherton on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for California (1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Atherton.

The official website for Atherton:

The official website for San Mateo County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including San Mateo, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Atherton.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Atherton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Atherton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Atherton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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