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A+ Palo Alto Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Palo Alto Cost of Living Cost of living is 118% higher than California
Palo Alto
305205% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Palo Alto cost of living
B Palo Alto Crime Total crime is 17% lower than California
Total crime
2,3469% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 439% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Palo Alto crime
A+ Palo Alto Employment Household income is 115% higher than California
Median household income
$137,043148% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$78,721164% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%34% lower than the US average
Palo Alto employment
C+ Palo Alto Housing Home value is 316% higher than California
Median home value
$1,702,100822% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$2,283141% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Palo Alto real estate or Palo Alto rentals
A+ Palo Alto Schools HS graduation rate is 22% higher than California
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
82%68% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:112% higher than the US average
Palo Alto K-12 schools or Palo Alto colleges

Living in Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 66,649 inhabitants. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Palo Alto might be a good fit as 83% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 50% have kids who are 18 years old or younger. The average American spends an average of about 26 minutes on their one way commute each day. Lower travel times to work can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family. While living in Palo Alto, your commute times will be about average with a one way commute time of 24 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Palo Alto, California. To help you find the best places to live in and around Palo Alto, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, education and more.

Palo Alto, CA receives 85/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #5 in California and #407 in the USA. Clearly, Palo Alto is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Palo Alto also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Palo Alto has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (A+). There are some categories that Palo Alto scores poorly for, including: cost of living (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Palo Alto, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Stanford University, The Stanford Shopping Center, and Undiscovered Country Bike Tours.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Palo Alto gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 133 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

The Palo Alto unemployment rate (1.33%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

Knowing that the Palo Alto schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 82%, which is far higher than the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Palo Alto. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Palo Alto are affordable. Median real estate prices in Palo Alto come in at $1,702,100, which is 315.9% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Palo Alto, the home price to income ratio is 12.4, which is 93.8% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Palo Alto will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Palo Alto, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 13.8%.

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Compare Palo Alto, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Palo Alto, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto830.53,564
Midtown, Palo Alto831.110,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto832.42,410
Mission Valley, Fremont8213.57,452
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Weibel, Fremont8212.54,568
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto821.82,403
Crescent Park, Palo Alto810.83,831
Kimber-Gomes, Fremont8113.65,583

Best Cities Near Palo Alto, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Altos, CA865.730,238
Lafayette, CA8531.125,381
Mill Valley, CA8538.914,318
Hillsborough, CA8414.311,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Gatos, CA8417.930,491
Cupertino, CA841060,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8433.86,190
Los Altos Hills, CA845.28,376

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Palo Alto, CA - A Great Place to Visit

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 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.
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Palo Alto, CA - Western Days and Cowboys

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 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.
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Source: The Palo Alto, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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