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Palo Alto, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palo Alto had a population of 69,236 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Palo Alto is located at latitude 37.3998 and longitude -122.1428 in Santa Clara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palo Alto (see map below) encompass a land area of 23.87 sq. miles and a water area of 1.9 sq. miles. Santa Clara County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 30 feet.

The City of Palo Alto (GNIS ID: 2411362) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Palo Alto is located within San Jose CCD of Santa Clara County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Palo Alto population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Palo Alto: Paloalto, University Park.


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Palo Alto, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)

POPULATION

Total Population 69,236
Population in Households 68,645
Population in Familes 54,107
Population in Group Qrtrs 591
Population Density1 2,900
Diversity Index2 60
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 27,951
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 17,513
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 29,549 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,251 (51.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,700 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,598 ( 5.4%)
Median Home Value $1,000,001
Average Home Value $1,132,595
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $134,444
Average Household Income $192,516
Per Capita Income $78,018
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.16% 1.32%
Households 0.86% 1.2%
Families 0.98% 1.28%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   1.46%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Palo Alto, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palo Alto to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 125 92nd
Population Density1 # 468 69th
Diversity Index2 # 814 46th
Median Household Income # 46 97th
Per Capita Income # 38 98th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.