At the turn of the 20th century, Menlo Park was a summer home location for wealthy San Francisco professionals. Many large homes remain from that era with huge oak trees and other lush vegetation. Today Menlo Park is a primarily residential upscale community with a number of private preparatory schools, colleges and an excellent public school system. A complete selection of shops is available downtown along with many fine restaurants. Located at the southern-most end of San Mateo County, the population of 35,000 residents enjoys one of the nation's lowest crime rates.