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East Palo Alto, California - Basic Facts

The City of East Palo Alto had a population of 28,561 as of July 1, 2020. East Palo Alto ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for East Palo Alto is located at latitude 37.4688 and longitude -122.1411 in San Mateo County. The formal boundaries for the City of East Palo Alto encompass a land area of 2.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. San Mateo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 16 feet.

The City of East Palo Alto (GNIS ID: 2410389) 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 East Palo Alto is located within San Mateo CCD of San Mateo County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for East Palo Alto: Ravenswood.

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East Palo Alto, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 28,561 (100%)
Population in Households 28,407 (99.5%)
Population in Families 23,531 (82.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 154 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 11,330
Diversity Index2 94
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $72,208
Average Household Income $97,549
% of Income for Mortgage4 51%
Per Capita Income $23,991
Wealth Index5 81
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 7,881 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,089 (39.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,931 (49.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 861 (10.9%)
Median Home Value $880,910
Average Home Value $930,597
Housing Affordability Index3 47
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 7,020
Average Household Size 4.05
Family Households 5,356
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.14% 0.12%
Households 0.11% 0.09%
Families 0.14% 0.12%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   2.61%
Owner Occupied HU   0.45%

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East Palo Alto, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares East Palo Alto to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 273 82nd
Population Density # 45 97th
Median Household Income # 622 59th
Housing Affordability Index # 204 13th
Per Capita Income # 1121 26th
Diversity Index # 3 100th

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