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East Palo Alto, California - Basic Facts

The City of East Palo Alto had a population of 29,135 as of July 1, 2018. 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 (see map below) 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, 2018)


Total Population 29,135
Population in Households 28,985
Population in Familes 24,143
Population in Group Qrtrs 150
Population Density2 11,625
Diversity Index3 94


Median Household Income $56,082
Average Household Income $77,618
Per Capita Income $19,299


Total Housing Units 8,049 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,082 (38.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,078 (50.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 889 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $546,958
Average Home Value $579,382


Total Households 7,160
Average Household Size 4.05
Family Households 5,463
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.42% 0.38%
Households 0.38% 0.34%
Families 0.42% 0.36%
Median Household Income   4.18%
Per Capita Income   4.02%

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

The table below compares East Palo Alto to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 44 97th
Diversity Index # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 828 45th
Per Capita Income # 1239 18th

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