Palo Alto, CA
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Living in Palo Alto


Palo Alto is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 65,364 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Palo Alto is the 126th 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.

Palo Alto is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Palo Alto is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Palo Alto who work in management occupations (18.35%), computer science and math (14.94%), and teaching (9.61%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Palo Alto telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.93% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Another interesting thing about Palo Alto, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Palo Alto use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Palo Alto‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Palo Alto, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Palo Alto is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 81.86% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Palo Alto in 2018 was $89,205, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $356,820 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 Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Palo Alto's cultural character, accounting for 34.42% of the city’s population.

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