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Palo Alto is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Jose-Sunnyvale metro area.

The community name derives from Spanish for "tall tree," for a giant redwood growing here.

The latitude of Palo Alto is 37.441N. The longitude is -122.141W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 57,233.


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Median household income
Local
$90,377
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Palo Alto demographic reports
Palo Alto is near San Francisco Bay.
William Hewlett and David Packard started the technology boom here in their garage on Addison Avenue.

Downtown Palo Alto, with its many restaurants and book stores, serves as an entertainment hub for the university and the surrounding region.

Debbie Fields launched her cookie empire here.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 88. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 1.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1971 movie, "Harold and Maude"
· 1992 movie, "Raising Cain"
Well-known residents have included:
· Leland Stanford, railroad magnate, founder of Stanford University
· Jerry Garcia, rock musician
· Bill Kreutzmann, drummer with the Grateful Dead
· President Herbert Hoover
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, Torrefazione Italia
Local festivals include:
  • May Fete Parade - May 5, 2007
  • Palo Alto Festival of the Arts - Aug. 25-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Palo Alto web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Peninsula Pops
Nearby parks & recreation: Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center
Historic sites and museums: Museum of American Heritage, Junior Museum/Zoo, Hewlett-Packard Garage, Cantor Center for Visual Arts
Colleges and universities: Stanford University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 110

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Palo Alto demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Santa Clara County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, San Jose area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94301 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Palo Alto residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Palo Alto ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Palo Alto was $56,257, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

74% of Palo Alto residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Palo Alto include Professorville Historic District, Ramona Street Architectural District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Palo Alto, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,308.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,684.


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Libraries in Palo Alto include Children's Library, College Terrace Library, Downtown Branch, Main Library, Mitchell Park Branch, Terman Park Branch ... View libraries

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Santa Clara County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Palo Alto political report.

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Palo Alto restaurants taking online reservations include California Cafe Bar & Grill - Palo Alto, Evvia, Il Fornaio - Palo Alto, Junnoon, LAVANDA Restaurant and Wine Bar, Mantra Restaurant and Lounge, Nola - Palo Alto, Spago - Palo Alto, Straits Cafe - Palo Alto, Tai Pan ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Palo Alto workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Palo Alto between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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