Palo Alto

The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character.

Welcome to Palo Alto

Vibrant, full of life, and widely known as one of the most dynamic cities in California
 
Historical homes and stunning estates welcome visitors and residents alike to the beautiful community of Palo Alto. There's always something happening in Palo Alto, from food festivals and parades to exciting boutique openings and live music shows. Palo Alto is known for its wealth of delicious restaurants, including a staggering 8 Michelin eateries.
 
Many tech companies call Palo Alto home, making the city a vibrant blend of residential and commercial. The high-powered businesses here contribute to Palo Alto's air of exclusivity – but the city remains welcoming and charming through it all.

What to Love

  • A number of excellent schools are in Palo Alto, including Stanford University.
  • A wide variety of architecture, including large mansions and beautiful homes.
  • Mild weather and an appealing climate make Palo Alto great for outdoor activities.

Local Lifestyle

Palo Alto is one of the principal cities in Silicon Valley and hosts many successful tech companies and high-powered startups. This gives Palo Alto an exciting edge, where residents and tourists alike will feel compelled to push for even greater heights and more impressive achievements. Still, Palo Alto is a beautiful spot for residents of all ages, from retirees who want to enjoy the California lifestyle to families with young children.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Palo Alto is a true foodie city, with eight restaurants that have earned the coveted Michelin designation. Bird Dog is one of those restaurants, a stylish eatery that serves up Asian-inspired food in an incredible setting. Plus, the dishes are made with local ingredients, to offer guests a distinct connection with the area. Evvia Estiatorio offers up delightful Greek fare that will impress any guest, while Protege, another Michelin eatery, features New American cuisine and an impeccable wine list.
 
Palo Alto offers great shopping as well as fabulous dining. Romi Boutique is one of the city's hotspots, a fashion-forward shop that features everything from designer wear to top-of-the-line gifts. Leaf & Petal is another fabulous clothing store that invites guests to discover their new favorite outfits. Stanford Shopping Center hosts many luxury retailers in an open-air space. The perfect way to spend an afternoon, Stanford Shopping Center is a must-visit in Palo Alto.

Things to Do

Palo Alto is a city on the go, from museums to walking trails and tours, with something to do for every interest and age group. The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a must for art lovers, a contemporary space that houses a wide variety of art and also features a stunning sculpture garden. History buffs will appreciate the Hoover Tower. This historical monument has an observation deck and plenty of memorabilia to explore.
 
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo is a popular attraction for guests of all ages, with special exhibits designed for young visitors. If you want to see the impressive buildings and immerse yourself in the business culture of Palo Alto, check out the Silicon Valley Tour, which allows you to see the best of Silicon Valley while traveling in a luxury car or minivan. No matter how you choose to explore Palo Alto, you'll delight in the city that has so much to offer.

Schools

The Palo Alto Unified School District serves Palo Alto. There are many excellent schools, including:
 

 

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Overview for Palo Alto, CA

82,045 people live in Palo Alto, where the median age is 43.3 and the average individual income is $93,703.56. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

82,045

Total Population

43.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$93,703.56

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto has 30,598 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palo Alto do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 82,045 people call Palo Alto home. The population density is 1,329.46 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

82,045

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

43.3

Median Age

48.96 / 51.04%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
30,598

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$93,703.56

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Palo Alto, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Palo Alto. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Casa Dei Bambini School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Herbert Hoover Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
El Carmelo Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
Casa Del Bambini School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Juana Briones Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Barron Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Ellen Fletcher Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Kehillah Jewish High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Living Wisdom School Of Palo Alto
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Fairmeadow Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Palo Verde Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Cornerstone Learning Foundation
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
The Girls Middle School
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
The Girls' Middle School
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
Addison Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Walter Hays Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Stratford School - Palo Alto
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Duveneck Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
International School Of The Peninsula
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Elizabeth Seton School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Frank S. Greene Junior Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
Hope Technology School
PRIVATE
K - 10th
No rating available
Headsup Child Development Center Palo Alto
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5

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