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East Palo Alto, California - Basic Facts

The City of East Palo Alto had a population of 29,622 as of July 1, 2017. 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 37.4678 and longitude -122.1326 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with East Palo Alto population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for East Palo Alto: Ravenswood.

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East Palo Alto, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 29,622
Daytime Population: Workers 5,698
Daytime Population: Residents 15,949
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,647
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.73
Population in Households 29,468
Population in Familes 24,384
Population in Group Qrtrs 154
Population Density2 11,820
Diversity Index3 94


Median Household Income $53,220
Average Household Income $72,951
Per Capita Income $18,066


Total Housing Units 8,198 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,055 (37.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,189 (51.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 954 (11.6%)
Median Home Value $507,006
Average Home Value $522,279


Total Households 7,244
Average Household Size 4.07
Family Households 5,534
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.7% 0.73%
Households 0.59% 0.65%
Families 0.65% 0.69%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   2.98%

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, 2017 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 # 270 82nd
Population Density # 41 97th
Diversity Index # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 846 44th
Per Capita Income # 1260 17th

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