Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (36) C-
Entertainment (14) A+
Food and Drink (59) D-
Fitness (20) A+
Groceries (15) F
Parks (138) A+
Shops (254) C+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 5.6% take public transportation in Palo Alto.
Public Transit Stops (273)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living F

The cost of living in Palo Alto is 303/100 - which is 115% higher than California.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime B

Palo Alto crime rates are 3,202 per 100k, which is 13% higher than California
Property Crime
2,996 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
206 crimes per 100k
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employment A+

The median income in Palo Alto is $174,003 - which is 173% higher than California.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (81)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing D

Palo Alto home prices are $2,000,001 - which is 389% higher than California
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
11.5x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A+

The Palo Alto graduation rate is 97% - which is 22% higher than California
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (32) A+
High Schools (6) F
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ratings A+

Palo Alto has an overall rating of 85% from 16 reviews.
User Reviews (2)
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User Surveys (14)
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Palo Alto Area Facts

  • Palo Alto has a Livability Score of 83/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Palo Alto crime rates are 13% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Palo Alto is 115% higher than the California average

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Palo Alto, CA - A Great Place to Visit 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Jul 19, 2011) I have visited Palo Alto twice for business in recent years. I have found it to be a fun trip each time. It has many things to offer for entertainment and fun.

One of my favorite places to go to is TheatreWorks. This is a live theatre with world class entertainment. It is very
...Read More popular so you should look into getting tickets early, but is well worth the visit.

The main thing you will notice about Palo Alto is restaurants. This is what Palo Alto seems to pride themselves on the most. The quality and amount of dining places will impress anyone. However, one downside is that at almost any restaurant you choose, there will most likely be a wait. I have even attempted to find a seat at 10 PM on a weeknight and still found there is a wait. For me this is a drawback but once you do get seated, the food will impress you greatly.

Whether you have a student looking for a college or not, one fun thing to do is to visit the Stanford Campus. This is one of the most beautiful campuses in America and a simple walk through the campus will take your breath way. Read Less
Palo Alto, CA - Western Days and Cowboys 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Jan 03, 2011) I have visited Palo Alto many times for business deals and always have a great time in this part of California. There is something about Palo Alto that reminds one of western days and cowboys. This gorgeous city has plenty to offer tourists and residents of the city.

Overall, I
...Read More was impressed by how much there was to do in Palo Alto. I loved the variety of mexican restaurants this city had to offer. It was simply shocking to have so many restaurants to choose from while I was visiting the city.

For business in particular, Palo Alto is a great city. Technology is huge in this city right now. As someone who works in the field of technology, I have many meetings with high powered tech executives in Palo Alto. There are also plenty of great colleges training young people to go into the field of technology in this city.

For night life, Palo Alto has plenty of great clubs and bars to choose from. It is a great time to go out at night in this city. I also love touring the museums of this city and seeing the natural wildlife.

Overall, Palo Alto is a great city with much to offer. Read Less
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A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Palo Alto? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


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Rinconada Park
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Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Children's Theater
Hewlett Packard's Garage
Ray Field
Palo Alto History Museum
Museum of American Heritage
Steuber Rugby Stadium
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium

Food & Drink

Peninsula Creamery
Baskin & Robbins Ice Cream
Tin Pot Creamery
Jamba Juice
Kirk's Steaksburger
Papa Murphy's

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Palo Alto? Of all people who commute, 5.6% take public transportation in Palo Alto.
Drive to Work

19% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit

equal to the US average

Walk to Work

2% higher than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Palo Alto a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


VA Palo Alto Health Care System


CVS Pharmacy
Hoover Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Maximart Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy


One Medical
Acupuncture Clinic
Davis Plastic Surgery
Monica Stone Skin
Palo Alto SpineMED
Premiere Plastic Surgery
Stanford Chiropractic Center
ATI Physical Therapy

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