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Palo Altos: side by side

Palo Alto

California

Population: about 62,600 residents

Race: 76% white; 17% Asian; 5% Hispanic; 2% black

Budget: $128.5 million (city's general fund)

Nickname: Paly, with one 'l,' refers to the high school

Noted landmark: El Palo Alto, a coast redwood

Median household income: $90,377 (2000 Census)

Price of 3-bedroom home: $1,150,000 to $5,995,000

Industry: high technology

Fire dept. staff: 126

Police officers: 91

Palo Alto

Pennsylvania

Population: nearly 1,500 residents

Budget: $250,000 (borough)

Race: 99% white; 1% other

Nickname: Pally, with two "l's," refers to the borough

Noted landmark: white rock on Pally Mountain

Median household income: $35,729 (2000 Census)

Price of 2-3 bedroom: $80,000

Industry: formerly coal mining, underwear manufacturing

Fire dept. staff: about 40 volunteers

Police officers: 1

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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