Income/capita 164%
Household income 148%
Unemployment 34%
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IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$78,721$31,458$29,829
Median household income$137,043$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$179,628$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$93,786$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$107,089$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$61,046$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate3.1%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level5.9%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Palo Alto is 164% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Palo Alto is 148% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Palo Alto is 34% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Palo Alto is 61% lower than the national average

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      Palo Alto employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry2.3%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector15.1%0.1%
      Financial & insurance services5.4%3.3%
      Wholesale & retail services6.9%6.1%
      Public administration1.6%1.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities0.7%0.7%
      Education, health & social services17.1%37.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Ladera, CA1,514$250,001351.9%
      Atherton, CA7,127$250,001351.9%
      Los Altos Hills, CA8,376$243,701340.5%
      Portola Valley, CA4,550$232,981321.1%
      Woodside, CA5,496$223,934304.8%
      Palo Alto, CA66,649$137,043147.7%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Portland, ME66,649$48,25912.8%
      Camarillo, CA66,630$88,12559.3%
      Woodbury, MN66,699$101,92284.2%
      South San Francisco, CA66,587$85,07653.8%
      Oshkosh, WI66,713$43,96020.5%
      Palo Alto, CA66,649$137,043147.7%
      Source: The Palo Alto, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).