Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA+
- Crime & SafetyB-
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingD+
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Palo Alto is a town in California with a population of 67,019. Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Palo Alto offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Palo Alto there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Palo Alto and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Palo Alto are highly rated.
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Palo Alto Reviews
There are so many positives to living in Palo Alto that I'll just start with the negatives. Traffic can be a killer and it's only getting worse, primarily going into Palo Alto in the morning and leaving in the evening. The cost of living, especially for homes, as obviously got to be the worst. However, the scenery is beautiful thanks to trees practically being placed every five feet and there are plenty of spectacular restaurants that are unfortunately very expensive to keep up with the cost of rent. The schools are spectacular academically, but that comes at the cost of there being lots of stress. The daily high also stays within the 55-85 degree range on 90-95% of days. Residents tend to be friendly and have formed many positive communities. It's very easy to bike around town and everyone supports protecting the environment. A nearly perfect place to live or grow up if you can afford a home here.
Palo Alto seems like a "picture perfect" town to outsiders but it is far from that. The academic pressure, systemic racism, and income inequality throughout the city becomes evident the more time you spend here. As a low-income and first-generation student, living in Palo Alto has given me plenty of opportunities as well as made me feel inadequate. The schools have their issues with the immense amount of pressure they place on students to be better than their peers. The overall feel of the town can be summed up by one word, chaotic.
Palo Alto is a great city to live in. It mixes a suburban and urban lifestyle almost perfectly. It is residential enough to be laid back, but still busy enough to not be boring. Because of Stanford's proximity, it means that there is often a lot of great food in the downtown area. Furthermore, people are often very kind and the city is very diverse. The only shortcoming is its expensiveness. It is a bubble; those who can comfortably live in the city often forget that many would not be able to afford our lifestyles. But overall, and partially because of the affluent neighborhoods, it is a great place for families, as there are many green areas and parks.