A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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
$1,702,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,283
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

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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
    52
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    42
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    319
    500
  • Theft
    1,722
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    92
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$137,043
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Palo Alto includes portions of Stanford University, which I love to brought friends and visitors to have a tour, and is headquarters to a number of high-technology companies. Palo Alto has also served as an incubator and as headquarters to several other prominent high-technology companies such as Google, Apple, PayPal. The location of a wealth of high-tech companies allows children to have a better chance of internship there, more, they can cultivate what they see and hear, and give the children different perspective and the most, great starting lines.

The location of the city is also very convenient. It takes only an hour to get to San Francisco and it is very convenient to take public transportation. Not to mention the community is safe, and everything is lively. It’s will be a great place to raise a child. Especially for the kid like me from abroad.
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Generally a scam. So expensive! I can't stand living here as a broke college student, even the Goodwill is ridiculously expensive, it's literally the worst unless you're a tech guru.
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!