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Overview

Introduction to Palo Alto, California

Incorporated in 1894, Palo Alto derived its name from a majestic coastal redwood tree (called "El Palo Alto") found along San Francisquito Creek, a settlement spot of early Spanish explorers. Known as the "Birthplace of the Silicon Valley," Palo Alto is home to the garage that housed the launch of the Hewlett Packard Corporation. Today Palo Alto boasts more than 6,000 businesses including several innovative technological firms residing in the Stanford Research Park. However, Palo Alto is perhaps best known as the home of Stanford University, although technically the school is not located within the city limits.

Palo Alto is located 15 miles north west of San Jose and 35 miles south east of San Francisco. It is bordered by Menlo Park to the west, East Palo Alto to the north, Mountain View to the east and Stanford (site of Stanford University) to the south. The city is served by two major freeways, U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 280, and is also traversed by California State Highways 82 (El Camino Real) and 84.

Palo Alto Events and Attractions

Palo Alto is home to a number of annual events, including: the May Fete Parade, an 80+ year old event and Northern California's oldest children's parade; the Annual Summer Festival, held around the 4th of July holiday and featuring a Chili Cook-Off; and the Palo Alto Black and White Ball, offering live bands, theatrical performances and food from top Bay Area restaurants.

Museums in Palo Alto include the Museum of American Heritage, the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Art galleries located within the city limits include ART21, ArtsIndia West, the Bryant Street Gallery and the Chelsea Art Gallery. Nearby cultural attractions include:

  • Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (Stanford).
  • Computer History Museum (Mountain View).
  • Coyote Point Museum (San Mateo).
  • Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos).
  • Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace (Stanford).
  • Los Altos History Museum (Los Altos).
  • San Mateo County History Museum (Redwood City).
  • Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose).

Located only about a half-hour away is the city of San Francisco, home to many popular attractions including Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Nob Hill, the Museum of Modern Art, the Embarcadero Center, Alcatraz, the Wells Fargo History Museum, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Zoo and the Cable Car Museum

Professional sports teams residing in San Francisco include: MLB's San Francisco Giants, the NFL's San Francisco 49'ers, pro basketball's Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse.

San Jose is even closer, only about a 15-minute drive away. Pro sports teams there include: the San Jose Giants (Minor League baseball affiliate of the San Francisco Giants), hockey's San Jose Sharks (NHL) and the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.

Demographics

People

Total Population66,649
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens18.1%
Employed Population 16+31,439
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married58.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher80%
Median Earnings25+$90,645
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,157
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,307

Wealth

Median Family Income$176,797
% Above Poverty Level94.1%
% Below Poverty Level5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.3%

Housing

People Living Alone27.6%
Median Gross Rent$2,283
Median House Value$1,702,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.5%
English9.6%
German8.9%
Irish6.7%
Italian4.2%
Russian4.2%
Polish3.3%
French Except Basque2.7%
Scottish2.4%
Swedish2%
Norwegian1.6%
Danishn1.2%
Iranian1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Israeli1.1%
Hungarian0.9%
Arab0.8%
Finnish0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Greek0.5%
Turkish0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Australian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
African0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Moroccan0.1%
US/American0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
South African0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
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Palo Alto Almanac

CategoryValue
County Santa Clara County, San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94301, 94304, 94306, 94303, 94305
P.O. Box Zip Codes94302, 94309
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.44
Approximate Longitude-122.15

Palo Alto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALO ALTO
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp57 to 79 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip15.7 inches
StationWOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
Distance6 miles
Jan Temp36 to 60 F
Apr Temp42 to 73 F
Jul Temp51 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 79 F
Annual Precip28.7 inches
StationNEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 68 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp54 to 74 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atherton7,127$250
East Palo Alto29,353$55,953
Los Altos30,238$222,769
Los Altos Hills8,376$250
Menlo Park33,319$164,014
Mountain View78,827$127,900

Palo Alto Public Libraries

Palo Alto City Library
270 FOREST AVE
Palo Alto, California
(650) 329-2516

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Palo Alto Hospitals

Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hosp. At Stanford
(Non-profit)
725 Welch Road
Stanford Hospital
(Non-profit)
300 Pasteur Drive
Va Medical Center - Palo Alto Division
(Government - Federal)
3801 Miranda Ave

Palo Alto Public Schools

Addison Elementary
650 Addison Ave.
ZIP: 94301
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Palo Alto High
50 Embarcadero Rd.
ZIP: 94301
High
Total Enrollment 1943
Rocketship Eight Elementary
420 Florence St., Ste. 300
ZIP: 94301
Walter Hays Elementary
1525 Middlefield Rd.
ZIP: 94301
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
David Starr Jordan Middle
750 N. California Ave.
ZIP: 94303
Middle
Total Enrollment 1103
Duveneck Elementary
705 Alester Ave.
ZIP: 94303
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Greendell
4120 Middlefield Rd.
ZIP: 94303
Primary
Total Enrollment 97
Ohlone Elementary
950 Amarillo Ave.
ZIP: 94303
Primary
Total Enrollment 605
Palo Verde Elementary
3450 Louis Rd.
ZIP: 94303
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Packard Children's Hospital/stanford
725 Welch Rd.
ZIP: 94304
Other
Total Enrollment 40
Barron Park Elementary
800 Barron Ave.
ZIP: 94306
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
El Carmelo Elementary
3024 Bryant St.
ZIP: 94306
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Fairmeadow Elementary
500 E. Meadow Dr.
ZIP: 94306
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Henry M. Gunn High
780 Arastradero Rd.
ZIP: 94306
High
Total Enrollment 1897
Herbert Hoover Elementary
445 E. Charleston Rd.
ZIP: 94306
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle
480 E. Meadow Dr.
ZIP: 94306
Middle
Total Enrollment 1107
Juana Briones Elementary
4100 Orme St.
ZIP: 94306
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Terman Middle
655 Arastradero Rd.
ZIP: 94306
Middle
Total Enrollment 722

Palo Alto Private Schools

Castilleja School
1310 Bryant St
ZIP: 94301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 435
Discovery Children's House Montessori School
437 Webster St
ZIP: 94301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
St Elizabeth Seton School
1095 Channing Ave
ZIP: 94301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 265
Synapse School
305 North California Avenue
ZIP: 94301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 54
Achieve Kids
3860 Middlefield Rd
ZIP: 94303
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
Emerson School
2800 W Bayshore Rd
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Girls' Middle School
3400 W Bayshore Rd
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 166
Headsup Child Development Center Palo Alto
2800 W Bayshore Rd
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Helios New School
3921 Fabian Way Bldg C
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
Hope Technology School
2525 E Bayshore Rd
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
International School Of The Peninsula
151 Laura Ln
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 479
Kehillah Jewish High School
3900 Fabian Way
ZIP: 94303
Secondary
Total Enrollment 154
Palo Alto Prep
4000 Middlefield Rd Ste H2
ZIP: 94303
Secondary
Total Enrollment 60
Stratford School - Palo Alto
870 N California Ave
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 157
Torah Academy
3070 Louis Rd
ZIP: 94303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Esther B Clark School-childrens Health Council
650 Clark Way
ZIP: 94304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
Bowman International School
4000 Terman Dr
ZIP: 94306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 245
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Rd
ZIP: 94306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 374
Keys School
2890 Middlefield Rd
ZIP: 94306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 289
Living Wisdom School Of Palo Alto
456 College Ave
ZIP: 94306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 69
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