Population: 8,505
Households: 3,016
Employed Residents: 3,617
Housing Units: 3,324

Source: ACS 2019 5 year estimates

Jobs: 2,234
Employed Residents per Household: 1.18
Jobs per Employed Resident: 0.62
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 0.66
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 8.03
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics

For more information about the jobs/housing calculations visit our jobs and housing page.

Average Monthly Rent: $2,656

Rent Change Year over Year: -13%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021

2019 Homeless Count: 2 persons, both unsheltered
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count

Los Altos Hills’ 2020 Affordable Housing Inventory
Extremely Low-IncomeVery Low-IncomeLow-IncomeModerate IncomeTotal UnitsAffordable % of Total Housing Stock
7133241284.0

SOURCE: Units reported in the Housing Element Annual Performance Report that received building permits in 2019 were added to the unit counts in the previously reported 2018 Base Year table.  This methodology necessarily means that any ELI units, if any, are included in the VLI category since that is how HCD has required production data to be reported.  The RHNA data on new units relies on self-reporting by jurisdiction and can include units for which building permits were issued that never got built.  The percentage of the total housing stock in the community is based the California Department of Finance’s Table E-5.

See more information on our affordable housing assets page.

2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation 

Every eight years, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is used to assign each city and county in California their “fair share” of new housing units to build. These units of housing are intended to accommodate existing need and projected growth in the region. The RHNA process is critical because it requires all cities and counties to plan for the housing needs of their residents, regardless of income, in an effort to plan for future growth and ease the Bay Area’s acute housing crisis. 

Many cities and counties regularly fall short of their RHNA targets, as the Bay Area’s housing crisis continues to grow. Each spring, jurisdictions are required to provide an Annual Progress Report to show how effective their efforts have been in achieving housing development targets by income level. The table below shows Los Altos Hills’ progress.

Los Altos Hills’ 2015-2022 RHNA Permit Progress as of 12/2020
Affordability LevelRHNA TargetPermits IssuedProgress to Target
Very Low Income462861%
Low Income281139%
Moderate Income32825%
Above Moderate Income1553353%
Total12110083%

Permitting progress as of December 2020. Source: HCD 2020 Housing Element Annual Progress Report Permit Summary.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

All California cities and counties are mandated to permit ADUs and JADUs according to state law. The Legislature further updated ADU and JADU law effective January 1, 2021 to clarify and improve various provisions in order to promote the development of ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). These include allowing ADUs and JADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family dwelling, opening areas where ADUs can be created to include all zoning districts that allow single-family and multifamily uses, modifying fees from utilities such as special districts and water corporations, limited exemptions or reductions in impact fees, and reduced parking requirements. Please see the Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook (PDF) for more information for local government bodies and homeowners interested in adding an ADU or JADU to their property. Our partner, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley has kicked-off a major initiative, Small Homes, Big Impact to support ADU development throughout Santa Clara County, including outreach and education, and potential new financing mechanisms.

Los Altos Hills ADUs Permitted: 2017 – 2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total
726825662.9%

Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

Los Altos Hills primarily relies on second units to meet its affordable housing objectives.  The Housing Element of Los Altos Hills’ General Plan includes a few policies regarding affordable housing and homelessness, including:

Allowing permanent supportive housing and transitional housing in all zoning districts as required by State law.
Amend the General Plan for the Foothill College property to allow multifamily residential uses and make a parallel amendment to the Zoning Code to allow multifamily densities of up to 20 units per acre there.

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