A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,564,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$2,210
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

Palo Alto Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40
    0
  • Murder
    3
    0
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    38
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    315
    1
  • Theft
    2,080
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    127
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$136,519
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Palo Alto Reviews

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Palo Alto is one of the most versatile communities I have ever lived in. Restaurants range right Japanese, Thai, Indian, Italian and French cuisines, and the weather is perfect year round. Thriving bike culture is a plus, and I would definitely recommend a stay in Palo Alto and the trying the famous boba or bubble tea!
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I've lived in Palo Alto now for a couple of years, and I love it! Being in the Silicon Valley it's a great place to live. The people here are extremely friendly and there tons of things to do here, great restaurants, night life etc. The neighborhoods are very safe and family friendly. It's a place you help fall in love with.
Palo Alto is the definition of perfect California weather- a sunny day cold enough to wear a light sweatshirt or jeans. Also there are certain flowers that grow on Stanford campus that don't grow anywhere else because of the weather. The next best thing about the city other than the weather is Stanford. Stanford is the main tourist attraction in Palo Alto and it is a very nice campus to visit. The night life lacks because the downtown area isn't the biggest, with only about two bars that are noteworthy. The rest are high end restaurants that serve multiple options of healthy that I've never even heard of. The cost of living here is really expensive because everybody wants to be here. Houses near me are being sold way over the asking price which is the only down side. But once you're here, you know it is a great place to retire.