What you need to know about Palo Alto, CA

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is a charming mix of old and new. The city is home to many prominent, cutting-edge technology companies and benefits from its proximity to Stanford University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. With historic neighborhoods, a vibrant shopping district and diverse cultural attractions, Palo Alto is an exciting destination – for business or pleasure, making it an obvious choice for a spot our Top 100 Best Places Live lists.

Best Places to Raise a Family
Top 10 Best Cities for Kids 2014


Homes Owned 54.75%
54.75% Complete
Homes Rented 45.25%
45.25% Complete

Real Estate

In Palo Alto, California

Ready to move to Palo Alto? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Palo Alto.

Median Home Price

Higher than the state average


In Palo Alto, California

The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Palo Alto rates.

Median Household Income

Higher than the national average


In Palo Alto, California

Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Palo Alto.


Most residents are
5-17 Years old


In Palo Alto, California

Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Palo Alto.


Bachelor’s Degree 80%
80% Complete
Graduated High School 98%
98% Complete

Palo Alto, CA's Livability Rankings

Best Places to Raise a Family
Top 10 Best Cities for Kids 2014

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Why Palo Alto, Calif., is A Top 100 Best Place to Live
With great weather, a thriving economy and proximity to San Francisco, this Silicon Valley city has it all