Atherton is an incorporated town in San Mateo County, its population was 6,914 as of 2010.


Atherton lies two miles southeast of Redwood City, and 18 miles northwest of San Jose. The town is considered to be part of the San Francisco metropolitan area. The town has a Caltrain station with service only on weekends.


Among Atherton’s public schools, Encinal, Las Lomitas, and Laurel are elementary schools, while Selby Lane is both an elementary and a middle school. Menlo-Atherton is a high school. Atherton does not have its own public school system. Selby Lane is part of the Redwood City School District, the high school is part of the Sequoia Union High School District, Las Lomitas Elementary School is part of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District, and both Encinal and Laurel are part of the Menlo Park City School District.


Among the town’s private schools, Sacred Heart is an elementary, middle and high school, and Menlo School is a middle and high school.