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Palo Alto, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palo Alto had a population of 69,648 as of July 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

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

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Palo Alto, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 69,648
Population in Households 69,064
Population in Familes 54,923
Population in Group Qrtrs 584
Population Density2 2,918
Diversity Index3 61


Median Household Income $154,174
Average Household Income $210,982
Per Capita Income $85,027


Total Housing Units 29,506 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,603 (52.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,376 (41.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,527 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $1,784,467
Average Home Value $1,710,882


Total Households 27,979
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 17,578
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.95% 0.86%
Households 0.66% 0.68%
Families 0.78% 0.76%
Median Household Income   2.64%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

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, 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 # 128 92nd
Population Density # 476 69th
Diversity Index # 821 46th
Median Household Income # 47 97th
Per Capita Income # 38 98th

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