This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Palo Alto has a very low population density. Palo Alto is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Palo Alto, CA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 9/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Palo Alto has a population density of 2,533, with 59,974 current residents.
Out of the 59,974 current residents, 50% are male and 50% are female. 57% of the residents are married and 43% are single.
- 72% Sun
- 17% Rain
- 0% Snow
58°F average temperature
- 50 years Median home age
- $1,080,980 Median home price
- -4.54% Home appreciation rate
- 5.62% Annual property tax
As for living in Palo Alto, the air quality is 12% and the weather, on average, is 72% sunny, 17% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 58°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Palo Alto, you should know that 53.2% of homes are owned while 42.2% of homes are rented, and 4.6% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $1,080,980, the median age of homes is 50 years, the annual home appreciation is -4.54% and the annual property tax is 5.62%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)3
When looking at the community of Palo Alto, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Palo Alto’s crime rate is 3 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Palo Alto is 44 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 69.45% Democratic, 28.55% Republican, and 2.00% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:15
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
96%High school diploma
4%Some college or associates degree
43%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Palo Alto, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 6.50% of residents are unemployed in Palo Alto (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Palo Alto residents: 27% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 49.61% are in the arts and sciences field, 4.4% are in the customer service field, 14.6% are in the sales field, 0.01% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 1.9% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 2.4% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:15. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 96.24%, 4.06% of residents have an associate’s degree, 31.43% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 43.10% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Palo Alto, you should be aware that the average commute time is 23 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Palo Alto have a few different options. 74% of commuters use their own cars, 6% of commuters carpool, 3% of commuters use the transit system, and 7% of residents work from home.