Known for its grand estates and sweeping landscapes, the town rests in the woodlands near the foothills of California’s northern Santa Cruz Mountains.

Overview for Woodside, CA

15,083 people live in Woodside, where the median age is 49.4 and the average individual income is $124,189.23. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

49.4 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Welcome to Woodside


An equestrian, semi-rural town rich in beauty and history

The small community of Woodside, CA is one of the oldest and most affluent in the Bay Area. Known for its grand estates and sweeping landscapes, the town rests in the woodlands near the foothills of California’s northern Santa Cruz Mountains. Located just west of the peninsula’s Interstate 280, between San Francisco Bay and Pacific beaches, Woodside is 30 miles south of San Francisco and 17 miles north of Silicon Valley. Incorporated in 1956, this highly desirable enclave preserves its long heritage of vineyards, ranches, and equestrian lifestyle. You often see residents riding their horses across trails and through the streets.

The town keeps its business district small on purpose. On the main street, you will find a grocery store, bar, hardware, tack store, garden store, and a few restaurants. The intimate and reclusive character of this 12-square-mile town suits its residents, from the many high-tech financiers who live here to long-time homeowners. Some of the most popular Woodside, CA homes for sale and real estate can be found in the northwest areas. Tucked between Woodside Hills and Woodside Heights, you will find the lush fairways of Menlo Country Club, established in 1904. 

What to Love

  • Mild Mediterranean-like climate with less fog than the coasts
  • Varied terrain; wooded, open, and biodiverse landscapes
  • Secluded and comfortable lifestyle with a close community 
  • A variety of stunning Woodside, CA houses for sale

Local Lifestyle - Living in Woodside, CA


Woodside, CA residents value their secluded lifestyle, stately homes, and open spaces. They enjoy a comfortable pace, plenty of outdoor adventure, and easy access to the rest of the San Francisco Bay. On most days, residents jog, bike, and ride horses. Cyclists from surrounding areas pass through the town’s many routes on weekends, including King’s Mountain Road, Southgate Drive, Skyline Boulevard, and Highway 84. Locals are just a short commute from Stanford University and Silicon Valley. 

Woodside, CA Dining, Entertainment & Shopping


The family-owned Woodside Bakery & Café offers one of the few European-style bakeries in the Bay area. They make bread and sweets from scratch daily, along with Italian-style food in their café. 

The Village Pub is one of the finest restaurants in the Bay area. Rated with Michelin stars for 12 years running, the restaurant proffers an award-winning wine list of more than 3,500 labels and organic ingredients lovingly sourced from a nearby ranch. Options on their refined menu include almond wood-grilled prime filet mignon and strawberry-lemon icebox cake with strawberry-champagne jam and feuilletine.

Buck’s of Woodside is almost as famous for its colorful and odd décor as it is for being the stomping ground of Silicon Valley’s most influential dealmakers. You can tour the restaurant like a museum and enjoy the eclectic menu.

Things to Do in Woodside, CA


Residents of Woodside, CA enjoy the annual May Day Parade, a time-honored tradition with a pancake breakfast, a Maypole Dance, and a Fun Run. On Independence Day, locals gather to watch the Annual Junior Rodeo. The Woodside’s Royalty equestrians herald the best bronco riders, bull riders, barrel racers, and rodeo clowns descend from the Northern California Junior Rodeo Association and surrounding towns.

On Labor Day weekend is the Kings Mountain Art Festival. It is one of the finest juried arts and crafts fairs around. Day of the Horse in the fall is celebrated as Woodside's homage to equine heritage. The event includes a Horse Fair in downtown Woodside with pony rides and demonstrations. You can go for a Progressive Trail Ride and take in original equestrian art at the art show.

People travel to Filoli, a historic house and garden on 654 acres of cultivated country estate, including a grand ballroom and nine event spaces. Events include touring the spring tulip display or summer flower show, afternoon tea, and evening jazz.

Among Woodside’s many park trails, Huddart Park and Horse Trails are some of the best known for their numerous trails, creeks, gulches, and rolling views for hiking, riding, and camping.



Woodside schools are ranked among the highest in California. Woodside School District oversees three public schools in Woodside, while the Sequoia Union High School District oversees the high school, known for its exceptional rigor and top rankings.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Woodside, CA

Woodside has 5,370 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Woodside do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 15,083 people call Woodside home. The population density is 522.72 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.23 / 52.77%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
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Schools in Woodside, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Woodside. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Around Woodside, CA

There's plenty to do around Woodside, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including BiteSize Baking, Gaming Together, and Karen S Price.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $$ 4.65 miles 92 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.39 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.68 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.2 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.39 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.69 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

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