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Palo Alto is a town in California with a population of 67,082. 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.
About Palo Alto...
Population
67,082

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,989,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,379
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Palo Alto Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    59.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    57.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    317.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,191.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    134.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Palo Alto

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$147,537
National
$55,322
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The community is very welcoming! The schools are all very good quality, and the education is amazing. There is a lot of pressure for students going to schools in this area, especially the high schools. The neighborhood is very safe; there are so many children that every driver is contentious of kids. There are many bike lanes to keep bikers safe, too. Many students end up biking, walking or taking the bus to school.
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It is a very good town. Public school education is excellent. Nearby private schools are excellent. It is a safe town. Nice neighborhood with trees and fairly safe for kids. Only concern is with cars and bicycles at certain hours. Commute during workdays is horrible. Town is plentiful with decent paying jobs if you are willing to look. Healthy living is not a problem with many friendly restaurants and places to eat for health concerns. There are a variety of gyms, sports clubs, and places to do yoga, tai chi, meditation, and more. Do not get caught in all the tech and rich stuck-up person vibe of the town known for Teslas, Eichlers, recycling, jeans for work, laptops for the homeless, $2.5 million dollar houses, Stanford University, nerds, PhD holders, liberals, tall trees, blue skies, gentrification, offices, tech companies, venture capitalists, two great public high schools, organic, innovation, and the American Dream
I've lived in Palo Alto for my entire life, and it's a lovely place to grow up. Many of the schools are nationally ranked, it's very diverse, it's beautiful (especially residential areas and of course Stanford) and I feel like it's a relatively safe town. However, since living here is so expensive, many residents are very wealthy and some kids especially can be quite spoiled. It is also quite a bubble; pretty much everyone has the same political views. Growing up, I didn't always realize that not everyone in America has such similar political leanings.