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Palo Alto is a town in California with a population of 66,649. Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Palo Alto offers residents a suburban 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
66,649

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
    59
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    16
    41
  • Robbery
    58
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    317
    500
  • Theft
    2,192
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    135
    284
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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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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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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.
I like the diversity that Palo Alto has in the city. It is a beautiful city, safe, and friendly. The food is so amazing. You can get authentic Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, German, Italian, and Chinese food. The people in the city are diverse and are willing to talk about where they are from and their own personal stories. There is a lot of job opportunities out there too. The technology sector is fantastic. The people are also very concerned about education for their childrena dn that is extremely refreshing.