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%

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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
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    38
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    315
    525
  • Theft
    2,080
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    127
    263

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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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.
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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!
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.