Introduction to East Palo Alto, California

East Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara county, is 1 miles SE of Palo Alto, California and 13 miles NW of San Jose, California. The people of the city are in the San Francisco metropolitan area. 

East Palo Alto History

From 1500 to 1000 B.C., East Palo Alto was inhabited by the Ohlone tribe. In 1951, a tumulus was discovered in the area. Researchers concluded that the tribe used East Palo Alto as a camp and cemetery after discovering 3,000 artifacts and 60 graves in a year-long excavation. East Palo Alto experienced a number of changes between 1850s and 1940s. During the First World War, a military training ground was set up in the northern part of East Palo Alto. In the 1940s, a large number of Japanese resided in the East Palo Alto and it became a farming community. During the post World War era of 1960s, a number of African-American families settled in East Palo Alto. It was incorporated as a city in June, 1983.

East Palo Alto and nearby Attractions

  • Rinconada Park.
  • J Pearce Mitchell Park.
  • Children's Discovery Museum.
  • Winchester Mystery House.

Things To Do In East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto, with its rural-like setting, provides a number of scenic landscapes. The city also offers children's playgrounds, parks, a biking and hiking path, shopping areas and live music. You can also enjoy water sports in the city as it lies in a close proximity to San Francisco Bay.

East Palo Alto Transportation

Air transportation is available from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

East Palo Alto Higher Education

The nearest university is Sanford University.


Total Population 29,198
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 6.1%
Employed Population 16+ 13,507
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,186
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,911
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,360


Median Family Income $51,685
% Above Poverty Level 81.5%
% Below Poverty Level 18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 17.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,433
Median House Value $417,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85.4%
US/American 0%
English 0.9%
Irish 1.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

East Palo Alto Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SE of Palo Alto, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles NW of San Jose, California
County Santa Clara
Standard Zip Codes 94303
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.43
Longitude -122.11

East Palo Alto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Los Altos 30,075 $208,586
Los Altos Hills 8,314 $250
Menlo Park 33,064 $160,378
Mountain View 77,973 $124,398
Palo Alto 66,478 $175,336
Sunnyvale 148,178 $123,996

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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