Palo Alto, CA


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Palo Alto, CA

About Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto, California is a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley. Home to Stanford University and various tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Facebook, it has long been known as the epicenter for cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking. Residents here enjoy warm weather year round, excellent public schools, a thriving nightlife scene, plus vast amounts of green space perfect for hiking, biking or horseback riding. There's also no shortage of culture with world class museums and galleries showcasing some of the area’s most celebrated artworks. With its abundant resources and booming economy, Palo Alto truly offers something for everyone! Large city / suburban complex - Northern California, on the south end of San Francisco Bay.

Zip Codes: 94306 94301 94304
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 67 ft above sea level

This large metro area covers the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area and is otherwise known as Santa Clara County, or more informally, as the “Silicon Valley.” Once a quiet agricultural valley of orchards and small towns and anchored by the indistinct processing and shipping point of San Jose, the area has completely transformed over a period of forty years into an economic and technology powerhouse and cultural crossroads between America and Asia.

The small towns, which include the likes of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, have completely grown together into a vast sprawl of residential and commercial spaces. Major high-tech manufacturers, research facilities and an enormous array of supporting small- and medium-size businesses fill the valley. Several defense technology suppliers are also present. The area has a distinct high-tech culture with its own lingo and architectural style of endless long, low, glass-fronted buildings in some way mimicking the circuit boards they produce.

Many settle in the area because of career opportunity and the excellent climate, and are rewarded so long as they are tolerant of crowding and high prices. Entertainment assets and cultural activities are abundant and varied, but some of the better activities fill quickly and hard to get into. Like many recent-growth places in California, San Jose suffers from overcrowding and sprawl. In fact, neighborhoods cover buildable land in all directions and traffic along main commute corridors is very bad.

Neighborhoods such as Los Gatos, Los Altos, and Palo Alto at the western edges adjacent to Coastal Range foothills feature exceptional housing and appealing, small downtowns, but homes under $1 million are rare.

The broad, flat valley narrows considerably but continues south toward Gilroy. The sheltered, coastal, Mediterranean climate is ideal. Summers are clear, dry, and sunny, with normal daytime highs in the low 80’s. In the evening, marine air often delivers low, stratus clouds, known locally as “fog,” which typically burns off by mid-morning the next day. Light jackets are usually required in summer. The valley location and stable, summer air produce some hazy or smoggy days. Hot, desert winds sometimes blow in late summer and fall, but temperatures seldom reach 100. Winter is typically mild with days in the 60’s and nights in the 40’s, with occasional lows in the 30’s or upper 20’s. Winter is the rainy season; most precipitation falls when steady Pacific storms enter the area, but the coastal mountains reduce the impact.

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Palo Alto Cost of Living
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Year-round climate, educated population, and entertainment make Palo Alto a great place to live.

$3,107,600
+89.1% higher than avg
$194,782
+64.6% higher than avg
$3,527 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+67.5% higher than avg
Palo Alto Crime
34.4 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Palo Alto, California
$595,440
for a family
$110,000
for a single person
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The Bay Area in general, but Palo Alto specifically provides many of the qualities sought by many; the climate is beautiful, there is access to cultural and recreational  More

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Over 17 years ago

VTA and SamsTrans and Caltrain all provide good service and most times frequency of service is  More

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