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Palo Alto

The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character.

Welcome to Palo Alto

The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character. At the same time, Palo Alto, known as the “Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. Proximity to Stanford University with its cultural and educational offerings add to the vibrancy, innate charm, and beauty of Palo Alto. Distinctive in every way, Palo Alto, with a population of approximately 59,000 residents, offers its business community a diverse and exciting environment in which to work and live.
 
Palo Alto is home to numerous company headquarters for world-class technology companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, VMWare, and SAP. Many of these firms are located in the renowned Stanford Research Park on Page Mill Road, and many of the local giant technology firms (e.g. Google and Facebook) started in the park but relocated due to space constraints. Google has only recently re-established a presence in the park to get a foothold back in Palo Alto. The research park is credited with creating an ecosystem where companies can grow and have close access to local law firms and access to venture capital from the firms on Sand Hill Road.
 
Residents moving to Palo Alto are often trying to access the incredible public school system and provide their children with an experience that combines excellent teachers and low student-teacher ratios. The schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District are consistently ranked as the top in the State, and local Gunn and Palo Alto High often appear in national rankings for the quality of their education and admittance rates to top universities. For parents looking for private schools, there are numerous options available; some that offer bilingual immersion opportunities, some that are focused on the whole child, and some that are strictly focused on college preparation.
 
Palo Alto to the North of Oregon Expressway has primarily older Craftsman and California Colonial homes that date back to the late 1900's. South of Oregon Expressway, homes were built in the 1950's and 1960's and include ranch style homes along with Eichler or Eichler-like homes. The areas to the North and closer to the downtown typically command premium pricing, and the overall cost of housing in the entire city is some of the highest in the State on a per square foot basis.
 
There are three zip codes that serve the majority of the residences in Palo Alto: 94301, 94303 and 94306. The 94301 zip code is shared with East Palo Alto, but East Palo Alto is a separate city.
 

Overview for Palo Alto, CA

68,624 people live in Palo Alto, where the median age is 41.8 and the average individual income is $105,070. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

68,624

Total Population

41.8 years

Median Age

High

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

$105,070

Average individual Income

Around Palo Alto, CA

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

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
67
Bikeable
Bike Score
24
Minimal Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Neely Wine, Racarons, and Archers Oasis.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.61 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.62 miles 36 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.05 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.16 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.87 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.17 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto has 26,007 households, with an average household size of 2.62. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palo Alto do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 68,624 people call Palo Alto home. The population density is 2,853.26 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

68,624

Total Population

High

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

41.8

Median Age

48.41 / 51.59%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
26,007

Total Households

2.62

Average Household Size

$105,070

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Commute Time

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60+ Minutes

Schools in Palo Alto, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Palo Alto. 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.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Casa Dei Bambini School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Herbert Hoover Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
El Carmelo Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
Casa Del Bambini School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Juana Briones Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Barron Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Ellen Fletcher Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Kehillah Jewish High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Living Wisdom School Of Palo Alto
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Fairmeadow Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Palo Verde Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Cornerstone Learning Foundation
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
The Girls Middle School
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
The Girls' Middle School
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
Addison Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Walter Hays Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Stratford School - Palo Alto
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Duveneck Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
International School Of The Peninsula
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Elizabeth Seton School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Frank S. Greene Junior Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
Hope Technology School
PRIVATE
K - 10th
No rating available
Headsup Child Development Center Palo Alto
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
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