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The City of Los Altos is located about 7.5 miles (12 km) northwest of the Cupertino headquarters of Apple Inc. in California.


Los Altos has a population of only 31,625 as of 2020, yet ranks as one of the most affluent small cities in the United States with a median annual household income of US$235,278 as of 2021.[1][2] Many of its residents are technology executives.[3]


In 1906, the Peninsula Interurban Railway acquired land from Sarah Winchester to connect San Francisco to San Jose and Santa Cruz in California. With the arrival of the railway, businessman Paul Shoup formed the Altos Land Company and helped establish the future town of Los Altos. It was formally incorporated on December 1, 1952 to avoid being annexed by adjacent communities.[3]

Apple Computer Company[]

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Workspace in the garage of the home of Steve Jobs' parents, where the Apple-1 was assembled.

In 1976, Apple-1 computer boards were assembled in a bedroom at the home of the parents of Steve Jobs. When space ran out, work moved into the garage, which was also used as a hangout by Jobs and Steve Wozniak, co-founders of the Apple Computer Company, and their local friends, including John Draper, Chris Espinosa, Bill Fernandez, Dan Kottke, and Randy Wigginton.[4][5] In January 1977, Intel retiree Mike Markkula invested $250,000 for a 1/3 stake in the company, which became incorporated as Apple Computer and moved into an office nearby in Cupertino.[6] The Jobs family home is presently owned by Patty Jobs and has been used for media productions about Apple and her brother Steve.[5]


  1. U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts. Retrieved on August 14, 2021.
  2. Los Altos ranks second most affluent among small cities, Los Altos Town Crier. 2021-03-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The History of Los Altos, CA, Accessed 2021-12-04.
  4. The Genesis of Apple by Owen W. Linzmayer, Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company, p.5-25. No Starch Press. 2004.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Steve Jobs’ sister weighs in on effort to preserve Apple co-founder’s childhood home in Los Altos by Jason Green, San Jose Mercury News. 2013-09-24.
  6. IT'S NOT STEVE JOBS: Wozniak Reveals The One Person Who 'Actually' Deserves Credit For Apple's Early Success by Seth Fiegerman, Business Insider. 2012-05-11.

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