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Palo Alto, CA (California) Houses and Residents

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $2,000,001 (it was $776,000 in 2000)
Palo Alto:

$2,000,001
California:

$509,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $1,595,500 - Over $2,000,001

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $2,746,667
Here:

$2,746,667
State:

$697,940

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,368,772
Here:

$1,368,772
State:

$618,365

In 2-unit structures: $2,526,096
Here:

$2,526,096
State:

$938,396

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $1,049,056
Here:

$1,049,056
State:

$619,611

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $1,295,999
Here:

$1,295,999
State:

$573,773

Mobile homes: $50,617
Here:

$50,617
State:

$121,346

Palo Alto,CA index of house prices

Total population: 66,955 (Urban population: 58,464, Rural population: 319 (all nonfarm))

Houses: 27,072 (25,439 occupied: 13,389 owner occupied, 12,050 renter occupied)

% of renters here:

47%
State:

45%

Housing density: 1,144 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2017: $4,010,752.

Median contract rent in 2017: $1,308 (lower quartile is $901, upper quartile is $1,787)


Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2017: $3,491


Median gross rent in Palo Alto, CA in 2017: $1,349

Housing units in Palo Alto with a mortgage: 8,329 (170 second mortgage, 1,315 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,060

Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $222,274

Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $123,851

Median monthly housing costs: $2,747


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Palo Alto, California Age and Sex of Residents
Median year house/condo built: 1957

Median year apartment built: 1971

Household type by relationship:

Households: 67,170
  • In family households: 53,754 (10,136 male householders, 6,767 female householders)
    14,971 spouses, 20,244 children (19,607 natural, 543 adopted, 94 stepchildren), 47 grandchildren, 125 brothers or sisters, 357 parents, 586 other relatives, 521 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 12,907 (3,112 male householders (2,254 living alone)), 5,424 female householders (4,310 living alone)), 4,371 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 509

Size of family households: 6,806 2-persons, 3,995 3-persons, 4,228 4-persons, 1,576 5-persons, 253 6-persons, 45 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,564 1-person, 1,276 2-persons, 296 3-persons, 142 4-persons, 76 5-persons, 182 6-persons.

14,323 married couples with children.
1,973 single-parent households (499 men, 1,474 women).

58.8% of residents of Palo Alto speak English at home.
6.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
12.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
20.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (64% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
2.7% of residents speak other language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).

Foreign born population: 22,853 (34.0%)
(59.3% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments
Here:

3.8
State:

4.0

Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Palo Alto, California
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Palo Alto, California
  • 0no bedroom
  • 4741 bedroom
  • 2,2182 bedrooms
  • 4,3353 bedrooms
  • 5,0644 bedrooms
  • 1,2985+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Palo Alto, California
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Palo Alto, California
  • 1,104no bedroom
  • 3,2051 bedroom
  • 4,4712 bedrooms
  • 1,9853 bedrooms
  • 9124 bedrooms
  • 3735+ bedrooms
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Palo Alto in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Palo Alto in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 649no vehicle
  • 2,9811 vehicle
  • 6,0362 vehicles
  • 3,2643 vehicles
  • 2824 vehicles
  • 1775+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Palo Alto in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Palo Alto in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,270no vehicle
  • 6,0751 vehicle
  • 3,6302 vehicles
  • 7493 vehicles
  • 1424 vehicles
  • 1845+ vehicles
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Palo Alto, California
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Palo Alto, California
  • 01 room
  • 3222 rooms
  • 3663 rooms
  • 1,3984 rooms
  • 2,2645 rooms
  • 2,7306 rooms
  • 2,2177 rooms
  • 1,6308 rooms
  • 2,4629+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Palo Alto, California
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Palo Alto, California
  • 1,0261 room
  • 1,1802 rooms
  • 2,9383 rooms
  • 3,1584 rooms
  • 1,2015 rooms
  • 1,1426 rooms
  • 5877 rooms
  • 4418 rooms
  • 3779+ rooms
Year house built
Median 2017 house/condo value by year built
Median house/condo value by year householder moved into unit
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders
Owners and renters by unit type in Palo Alto, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA household income distribution

  • Distribution of median household income in Palo Alto, CA in 2017
  • 730Less than $10,000
  • 1,759$10,000 to $19,999
  • 589$20,000 to $29,999
  • 842$30,000 to $39,999
  • 786$40,000 to $49,999
  • 611$50,000 to $59,999
  • 1,227$60,000 to $74,999
  • 1,944$75,000 to $99,999
  • 1,806$100,000 to $124,999
  • 1,711$125,000 to $149,999
  • 2,523$150,000 to $199,999
  • 10,911$200,000 or more
  • Home value of owner - occupied houses in 2017 in Palo Alto, CA

  • Distribution of house value in Palo Alto, CA in 2017
  • 181Less than $10,000
  • 9$25,000 to $29,999
  • 4$50,000 to $59,999
  • 5$80,000 to $89,999
  • 45$90,000 to $99,999
  • 66$100,000 to $124,999
  • 41$125,000 to $149,999
  • 78$150,000 to $174,999
  • 19$175,000 to $199,999
  • 72$200,000 to $249,999
  • 44$250,000 to $299,999
  • 46$300,000 to $399,999
  • 32$400,000 to $499,999
  • 322$500,000 to $749,999
  • 811$750,000 to $999,999
  • 3,134$1,000,000 to $1,499,999
  • 3,526$1,500,000 to $1,999,999
  • 10,482$2,000,000 or more
  • Rent paid by renters in 2017 in Palo Alto, CA

  • Distribution of rent paid by renters in Palo Alto, CA in 2017
  • 88$100 to $149
  • 40$150 to $199
  • 89$200 to $249
  • 187$250 to $299
  • 19$300 to $349
  • 49$350 to $399
  • 108$400 to $449
  • 280$450 to $499
  • 92$500 to $549
  • 71$550 to $599
  • 76$600 to $649
  • 82$650 to $699
  • 28$700 to $749
  • 74$750 to $799
  • 30$800 to $899
  • 163$900 to $999
  • 431$1,000 to $1,249
  • 400$1,250 to $1,499
  • 1,373$1,500 to $1,999
  • 2,260$2,000 to $2,499
  • 2,458$2,500 to $2,999
  • 2,110$3,000 to $3,499
  • 2,934$3,500 or more
  • 398No cash rent
Time Leaving Home To Go To Work in 2017

Percentage of workers working in this county: 77.1%
Number of people working at home: 3,715 (11.7% of all workers)

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 196
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 2,404
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 4,185
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 4,501
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 5,723
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 1,597
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 4,150
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 563
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 706
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 1,867
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 1,488
  • 90 or more minutes: 595
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Palo Alto

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 71,556 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 11,447 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3,026 (3%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 299 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 541 (1%)
  • Railroad: 4,055 (4%)
  • Taxi: 1,255 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 2,606 (3%)
  • Walked: 2,560 (3%)
  • Worked at home: 3,715 (4%)
Class of Workers in 2017
  • Unemployment by race in 2017
  • Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic residents
  • 3.2%Males
  • 1.6%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Black residents
  • 4.1%Males
  • 7.8%Females
  • Unemployment rate for American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • 8.2%Males
  • Unemployment rate for Asian residents
  • 4.6%Males
  • 4.1%Females
  • Unemployment rate for other race residents
  • 0.2%Males
  • 3.5%Females
  • Unemployment rate for two or more race residents
  • 4.7%Males
  • 1.5%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino residents
  • 3.0%Males
  • 3.9%Females
Year of entry for the foreign-born population in Palo Alto, California
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population in Palo Alto, California
  • 6,8522010 or later
  • 4,6972000 to 2009
  • 6,0131990 to 1999
  • 3,8181980 to 1989
  • 2,1841970 to 1979
  • 2,745Before 1970
Ancestries in Palo Alto, CA

First ancestries reported:

  • Russian: 1,749 (4.2%)
  • English: 1,619 (3.9%)
  • European: 1,613 (3.9%)
  • German: 1,348 (3.3%)
  • American: 1,036 (2.5%)
  • Irish: 1,029 (2.5%)
  • Italian: 663 (1.6%)
  • Israeli: 593 (1.4%)
  • Polish: 541 (1.3%)
  • Iranian: 533 (1.3%)
  • Eastern European: 459 (1.1%)
  • British: 415 (1.0%)
  • French: 365 (0.9%)
  • Swedish: 335 (0.8%)
  • Jordanian: 301 (0.7%)
  • Scottish: 288 (0.7%)
  • Ukrainian: 249 (0.6%)
  • Norwegian: 165 (0.4%)
  • Dutch: 162 (0.4%)
  • Armenian: 143 (0.3%)
  • Turkish: 125 (0.3%)
  • Northern European: 124 (0.3%)
  • Canadian: 117 (0.3%)
  • French Canadian: 116 (0.3%)
  • Romanian: 115 (0.3%)
  • Greek: 111 (0.3%)
  • Estonian: 106 (0.3%)
  • Finnish: 102 (0.2%)
  • Danish: 95 (0.2%)
  • Swiss: 86 (0.2%)
  • Scotch-Irish: 75 (0.2%)
  • Portuguese: 72 (0.2%)
  • Bulgarian: 68 (0.2%)
  • Welsh: 68 (0.2%)
  • Serbian: 67 (0.2%)
  • Scandinavian: 65 (0.2%)
  • Czechoslovakian: 56 (0.1%)
  • Belgian: 55 (0.1%)
  • Slovak: 55 (0.1%)
  • Haitian: 54 (0.1%)
  • Austrian: 50 (0.1%)
  • Czech: 49 (0.1%)
  • Moroccan: 48 (0.1%)
  • African: 46 (0.1%)
  • Egyptian: 46 (0.1%)
  • Croatian: 45 (0.1%)
  • Hungarian: 42 (0.1%)
  • Basque: 41 (0.10%)
  • Slovene: 40 (0.10%)
  • Lithuanian: 38 (0.09%)
  • Afghan: 32 (0.08%)
  • Lebanese: 29 (0.07%)
  • Brazilian: 23 (0.06%)
  • Ghanaian: 15 (0.04%)
  • Jamaican: 15 (0.04%)
  • Cajun: 14 (0.03%)
  • Guyanese: 12 (0.03%)
  • Albanian: 11 (0.03%)
  • Latvian: 10 (0.02%)
  • Australian: 4 (0.01%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents (%):

China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan
Palo Alto:

21.7% (5,239)
California:

5.8% (608,533)

India
Palo Alto:

9.8% (2,364)
California:

4.4% (464,381)

Taiwan
Palo Alto:

5.9% (1,418)
California:

1.7% (176,288)

Mexico
Palo Alto:

5.5% (1,330)
California:

39.9% (4,196,887)

Korea
Palo Alto:

5.2% (1,253)
California:

3.1% (326,935)

Russia
Palo Alto:

5.1% (1,240)
California:

0.6% (66,811)

Israel
Palo Alto:

3.6% (860)
California:

0.3% (32,763)

Canada
Palo Alto:

3.2% (773)
California:

1.3% (132,692)

Japan
Palo Alto:

3.1% (756)
California:

1.0% (107,906)

Hong Kong
Palo Alto:

2.9% (695)
California:

1.0% (101,715)

France
Palo Alto:

2.8% (665)
California:

0.4% (37,581)

United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland
Palo Alto:

2.5% (605)
California:

0.6% (58,853)

Germany
Palo Alto:

2.5% (595)
California:

0.7% (78,828)

Vietnam
Palo Alto:

2.3% (545)
California:

4.9% (516,046)

Iran
Palo Alto:

1.8% (441)
California:

2.0% (206,488)

Philippines
Palo Alto:

1.6% (397)
California:

8.0% (842,233)

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 25,202
  • Other state: 17,921
  • Northeast: 5,754
  • Midwest: 5,903
  • South: 3,742
  • West: 2,522

81.3% of Palo Alto residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36.9% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 54.2% lived in California.


Palo Alto:

81.3%
State average:

87.0%

Education attainment for males 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 0
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 127
  • 5th and 6th grade: 0
  • 7th and 8th grade: 43
  • 9th grade: 97
  • 10th grade: 8
  • 11th grade: 52
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 216
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 301
  • Less than 1 year of college: 405
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 1,117
  • Associate degree: 478
  • Bachelor's degree: 5,984
  • Master's degree: 7,237
  • Professional school degree: 1,835
  • Doctorate degree: 4,335
Educational Attainment for Males

Education attainment for females 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 94
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 58
  • 5th and 6th grade: 369
  • 7th and 8th grade: 68
  • 9th grade: 0
  • 10th grade: 19
  • 11th grade: 65
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 0
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 304
  • Less than 1 year of college: 408
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 1,294
  • Associate degree: 932
  • Bachelor's degree: 8,826
  • Master's degree: 7,901
  • Professional school degree: 1,334
  • Doctorate degree: 2,461
Educational Attainment for Females
Palo Alto marital status for males
Palo Alto marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 15,238
  • One, attached: 1,193
  • Two: 658
  • 3 or 4: 1,435
  • 5 to 9: 1,215
  • 10 to 19: 2,476
  • 20 to 49: 1,814
  • 50 or more: 3,043

Median worth of mobile homes: $32,812

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities in 2017: 0.8%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities in 2017: 3.8%

House/condo owner moved in on average 17 years ago

Renter moved in on average 2 years ago

Year householders moved into residence in Palo Alto
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Palo Alto, CA
  • 81.9%Utility gas
  • 15.3%Electricity
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%Solar energy
  • 0.5%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Palo Alto, CA
  • 56.1%Utility gas
  • 40.7%Electricity
  • 2.0%No fuel used
  • 0.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Solar energy
  • 0.2%Other fuel
  • 0.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:

Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,041
Here:

11.6%
California:

8.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 356
Here:

8.7%
California:

8.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 324
Here:

20.1%
California:

15.1%
School Enrollment by Level of School for Male Students
School Enrollment by Level of School for Female Students
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability