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Palo Alto, CA
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Palo Alto profile


Living in Palo Alto



Palo Alto is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 66,010 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Palo Alto is the 133rd largest community in California.

Palo Alto home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Palo Alto real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Also of interest is that Palo Alto has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Palo Alto has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Palo Alto is also a city of artists. Palo Alto has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Palo Alto’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 24.10% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing that you will notice about Palo Alto is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Palo Alto a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Palo Alto is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Palo Alto area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Palo Alto is a pretty powerful place. 82.66% of the adults in Palo Alto have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Palo Alto in 2018 was $105,070, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $420,280 for a family of four.

Palo Alto is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Palo Alto home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palo Alto residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Palo Alto include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Palo Alto also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.71%.

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