East Palo Alto, CA
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East Palo Alto is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 29,662 people and four constituent neighborhoods, East Palo Alto is the 257th largest community in California.

Housing costs in East Palo Alto are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, East Palo Alto is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Palo Alto is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East Palo Alto who work in maintenance occupations (17.08%), food service (11.31%), and office and administrative support (11.05%).

East Palo Alto is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of East Palo Alto are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.66% of adults in East Palo Alto have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in East Palo Alto in 2010 was $18,675, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $74,700 for a family of four. However, East Palo Alto contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

East Palo Alto is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Palo Alto home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in East Palo Alto, accounting for 65.14% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of East Palo Alto residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by Native Hawaiian. Important ancestries of people in East Palo Alto include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

East Palo Alto also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 40.83%.

The most common language spoken in East Palo Alto is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Pacific Island languages.