Named for an ancient redwood tree that was a living landmark for late-1700s Spanish explorers, Palo Alto today is a diverse community, a mixture of high-tech and locally owned companies and more than 26,000 homes.
Over time, the demographics of Palo Alto have changed dramatically. What once was a homogeneous, mostly blue-collar community, with an enclave of Stanford University professors, has become a diverse, mostly well-to-do, well-educated, but aging, population.
Despite a median household income of $165,292, according to the 2009-13 American Community Survey, many are challenged to keep up with the median single-family home price $2,667,000 (from January to June 2015, according to Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS©).
But people continue to flock to Palo Alto, taking pride in its environmental consciousness, city-owned utilities, support of social services and some firsts, including opening a public children's library in 1940 and becoming the first U.S. city to have an Internet home page in 1994.
The stories of the people and the neighborhoods they live in make up Palo Alto, and you can read about them all in the most recent Neighborhoods publication or through the links below.
The Neighborhoods publication, like Palo Alto itself, is ever-evolving. If we've missed your neighborhood, or if you have additional tidbits about your neighborhood you'd like to share with the Weekly, please let us know.
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