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Palo Alto, CA
7. Palo Alto, CA
In the heart of Silicon Valley is Palo Alto, a city near Stanford University and home to numerous cutting-edge technology companies. Big-name firms headquartered in Palo Alto include Hewlett-Packard, Skype and Tesla Motors, and the city served as an incubator to tech giants like Facebook, Google, PayPal and Pinterest. Quality of life amenities include top hospitals, historic neighborhoods, high-end shopping, many parks and outdoor recreation, and more than 5 percent of residents walk to work.