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Palo Alto, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palo Alto had a population of 69,048 as of July 1, 2019.

The primary coordinate point for Palo Alto is located at latitude 37.4419 and longitude -122.143 in Santa Clara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palo Alto 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.

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

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Palo Alto, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Palo Alto, CA Housing Affordability Index is 48
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Palo Alto, CA Wealth Index is 301
State of California Wealth Index is 123
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 69,048 (100%)
Population in Households 68,465 (99.2%)
Population in Families 54,071 (78.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 583 ( 0.8%)
Population Density 2,893
Diversity Index2 61
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $180,902
Average Household Income $235,061
Per Capita Income $94,346
Wealth Index4 301

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 29,414 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,368 (52.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,355 (42.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,692 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $2,000,001
Housing Affordability Index3 48
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 27,722
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 17,382
Average Family Size 3
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 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.
  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 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

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.75% 0.61%
Households 0.49% 0.48%
Families 0.58% 0.57%
Median Household Income   1.48%
Per Capita Income   1.64%

Palo Alto, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palo Alto to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 131 91st
Population Density # 482 68th
Diversity Index # 828 45th
Median Household Income # 35 98th
Per Capita Income # 28 98th

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