Palo Alto, CA: What you need to know

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is a charming mix of old and new. The city is home to many prominent, cutting-edge technology companies and benefits from its proximity to Stanford University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. With historic neighborhoods, a vibrant shopping district and diverse cultural attractions, Palo Alto is an exciting destination – for business or pleasure, making it an obvious choice for a spot our Top 100 Best Places Live lists.

Palo Alto, CA City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 66,478
Median Age 41
Median Household Income $136,519
Median Home Price $1,564,600
Walkscore 54

Palo Alto, CA Rankings

Palo Alto, CA Real Estate

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Getting around Palo Alto is pretty easy, thanks to the city's bike-friendly nature and various public transportation options.

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Palo Alto, CA Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 49.4%
  Female 50.6%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 6
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Median Population

Median Age 41.1%
Age 18 Over 76.9%
Age 21 Over 74.3%
Age 62 Over 19.9%
Age 65 Over 17.3%


  Ethnicity White 62.2%
  Ethnicity Black 1.6%
  Ethnicity Asian 30%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 7.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Other 1.4%


  Median Household Income $136,519
  Median Home Price $1,564,600
  Homes Owned 45%
  Homes Rent 55%
  Median Property Rent $2,210


  English Only 60.5%
  English Other 39.5%

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Commute Types

  Walked 5.2%
  Worked at Home 7.8%
  Public Transportation 5.8%
  Other Means 10.1%
  Drove Alone 64.6%
  Carpooled 6.6%

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