Palo Alto

A vibrant, gorgeous tech hub in northwest Santa Clara County.

Welcome to Palo Alto

An affluent, quiet community with a relaxed, healthy lifestyle.
 
As the core of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is a vibrant, gorgeous tech hub in northwest Santa Clara County, comprising dozens of neighborhoods with an eclectic real estate mix. The main residential and commercial destinations are nestled between the magnificent Menlo Park and beautiful Mountain View along San Francisco Bay. Palo Alto's northern portion is highly populated and characterized by trendy restaurants, high-end shops, and serene residential streets.
 
The community's incredible boundary stretches through a narrow strip across Interstate 280, extending into sparsely populated enclaves of rural hillsides and south to the Santa Cruz Mountains. In addition, Palo Alto features various neighborhoods and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies, including HP, Space Systems/Loral, VMware, Food Research and Innovation Center, PARC, IDEO, Skype, Houzz, SAP Labs, and Lockheed Martin.
 

What to Love

  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Breathtaking elevated views of the Bay
  • Silicon Valley tech hub
  • A highly educated community
 

Local Lifestyle

Palo Alto offers residents a laid-back lifestyle and peaceful tree-lined neighborhoods within walking distance of fine dining options, shopping districts, and major tech firms. The community is home to several elite figures and top talent in tech and academia. Residents enjoy a friendly and inclusive vibe, especially with its vibrant downtown and the world's leading universities. You will also find multiple startups and residents strolling downtown's attractive streets, embracing the neighborhood's unique nightlife.
 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The central commercial districts in Palo Alto are concentrated on California Avenue and University Avenue, which feature the Bay Area's two best high-end restaurants across both streets on California Avenue. Protégé is one of the best eateries serving pre-fixe New American-style dishes and wine, while Baumé's experimental atmosphere is an excellent spot to discover the cozy and chic modern French diner offering multicourse fixed-price menus. You will also find laid-back coffee shops, fashion boutiques, grocery stores, and charming family-owned shops along California Avenue.
 
University Avenue is an acclaimed Palo Alto's main downtown area, boasting a varied collection of shopping, dining, and entertainment areas. Several restaurants artistically combine global influences with contemporary Californian-style cooking. Bird Dog is a stylish, minimalistic dinner bistro with California takes on Japanese and French cuisine. Evvia Estiatorio is a Greek-styled restaurant serving classic Greek dishes in lively surroundings. French-inspired Zola and Vietnamese-influenced Tamarine are two other great options.
 
When shopping around Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center is an excellent shopping destination, featuring an open-air, garden-lined mall with high-end department stores and boutiques, specialty retail shops, and great dining spots. It is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, an upscale department store offering choice apparel, accessories, and cosmetics. You will also find Neiman Marcus with an unparalleled collection of the highest quality clothing, shoes, handbags, and cosmetics.
 

Things to Do

Palo Altos offers plenty of things to do and see, including exploring the famed Stanford University. The university is one of the oldest and most distinguished high education institutions in the country and worldwide. Its Palo Alto campus consists of the historic Cantor Arts Center, comprising over 400 works from famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Stanford owns 8,180 acres of land, including the Dish, a 3.7-mile loop trail approaching Stanford’s giant satellite dish, a radio telescope still in use. Keep an eye out for the California tiger salamander in its natural habitat.
 
If you love ice skating, visit Winter Lodge to discover seasonal indoor and outdoor skating, with public sessions, lessons, and party rentals. Kepler's Books along El Camino Real is another excellent destination to explore, featuring several titles and magazines, a range of book clubs, and author events. Palo Altos is also home to Stanford University football and the most beautiful tailgate destination in all college football.
 

Schools

Palo Alto schools are highly ranked and operated by the Palo Alto Unified School District. Students may attend:
 
 
 
 
 

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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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