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Palo Alto

Palo Alto is ranked as the 6th most expensive city in the U.S. North of Oregon Expressway is filled with older homes.

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Welcome to Palo Alto

As of 2017, Palo Alto is ranked as the 6th most expensive city in the U.S. North of Oregon Expressway is filled with older homes, including Craftsman and California Colonials, some of which date back to the 1890s but most of which were built in the first four decades of the 20th century. South of Oregon Expressway, the homes, including many Joseph Eichler-designed or Eichler-style houses, were primarily built in the first 20 years after World War II.
 
While the city contains homes that now cost anywhere from $800,000 to well in excess of $40 million, much of Palo Alto's housing stock is in the style of California mid-century middle-class suburbia. It has highly rated public schools, a high quality of life, numerous parks and open space reserves, and a vibrant downtown area.  University Avenue and California Avenue anchor two distinct downtown districts with many fine restaurants, hotels and boutiques. Some of our favorite restaurants are Evvia and Tamarine on University Avenue and Terun and Bistro Elan on California Avenue.
 
A primary driver of housing market values in Palo Alto is the political climate that is restricting new development in a city with a large jobs-to-housing imbalance and some of the most attractive jobs in the country. In addition, Palo Alto schools test at some of the highest levels in the Bay Area. Palo Alto is by some measures the most expensive college town in the United States.



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 Meat House, Catherine Burns, L Ac, and T2 Muay Thai.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.6 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.59 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.19 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.86 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.84 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.53 miles 10 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

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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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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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
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.
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