Palos Verdes Estates is a city in Los Angeles County, California, USA on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It was designed by the noted American landscape architect and planner Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Palos Verdes Estates was one of the earliest master planned communities in the United States.
The city facesthe Pacific Ocean, and there are several accessible beaches although most of the predominantly rocky shoreline is marked by high cliffs. The city is residential, with no traffic lights and relatively limited commercial areas around Malaga Cove and Lunada Bay. One of Southern California’s most expensive neighborhoods, Palos Verdes Estates’ aesthetics and architecture are protected by an Art Jury, a non-governmental organization which must approve any exterior alteration to any building, fence, sidewalk, or other structure. The city was incorporated in 1939, and the area around Malaga Cove has most of the Peninsula’s earlier buildings. The Malaga Cove Plaza building of the Palos Verdes Public Library, designed by Pasadena architect Myron Hunt, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. As of the census of 2000, there were 13,340 people, 4,993 households, and 4,119 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,075.3/km² (2,784.9/mi²). There were 5,202 housing units at an average density of 419.3/km² (1,086.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.32% White, 0.99% African American, 0.13% Native American, 17.14% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 2.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.83% of the population.

There were 4,993 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.7% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 2.96. The median income for a household in the city was $123,534, and the median income for a family was $133,563. The per capita income for the city was $69,040.
Palos Verdes Estates is the only city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to have its own police department (the other three peninsula cities contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, using the station in nearby Lomita). The department currently has 25 officers. These officers are assigned to different divisions such as traffic, patrol and detectives. The city also has its own dispatch center and jail. Both are staffed 24 hours a day.
Fire services are provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The United States Postal Service Palos Verdes Estates Post Office is located in Suite 102 at 2516 Via Tejon.
The city is served by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. PVPUSD schools have constantly ranked among the best in California and the nation. The Washington Post once ranked the district’s largest high school, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS) in neighboring Rolling Hills Estates as the 8th best public or private high school in the nation. Also, Chadwick School is a highly touted K-12 private school that serves the area. Another private school is Christ Lutheran Church and School. It ranges from preschool to 8th grade. Rolling Hills Country Day School, adjacent to the South Coast Botanic Garden, offers a private K-8 education.

Schools served by the PVPUSD:
• Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary
• Dapplegray Elementary
• Lunada Bay Elementary
• Mira Catalina Elementary
• Miraleste Elementary
• Miraleste Intermediate
• Montemalaga Elementary
• Palos Verdes High
• Palos Verdes Intermediate
• Palos Verdes Peninsula High
• Point Vicente Elementary
• Rancho Del Mar High School
• Rancho Vista Elementary
• Ridgecrest Intermediate
• Silver Spur Elementary
• Soleado Elementary
• Vista Grande Elementary

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