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Palo Alto Neighborhoods

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.

Since incorporation in 1894, Palo Alto has expanded to encompass the area stretching from San Francisquito Creek to the north to San Antonio Road to the south, from the San Francisco Bay to the Skyline Ridge. It is home to nearly 65,000 residents -- but during weekdays the population swells to nearly 140,000 with the daily flow and ebb of commuters.

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 $117,127 (estimated by U.S. Census for 2008-10), many are challenged to keep up with the median single-family home price -- $2,430,000 (from December 2013 through November 2014).

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.

Home-sales data: Courtesy of J. Robert Taylor, Taylor Properties

Adobe Meadow/Meadow Park

Barron Park

Charleston Gardens

Charleston Meadows

College Terrace

Community Center

Crescent Park

Downtown North

Duveneck/St. Francis

Esther Clark Park

Evergreen Park

Fairmeadow

Greater Miranda

Green Acres

Greendell/Walnut Grove

The Greenhouse

Leland Manor/Embarcadero Oaks/Garland

Mayfield

Midtown

Monroe Park

Old Palo Alto

Palo Alto Hills

Palo Verde

Palo Alto Orchards

Professorville

San Alma

South of Midtown

Southgate

St. Claire Gardens

Triple El

University South

Ventura

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Posted by Henry Zwang
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I am proud to be Al Pepper's cousin, also formally from Brooklyn, and I am now living in Los Angeles. I knew Al and his brothers (Herman and Ralph) and his sister (Ann) and being cousins we saw each other regularly in Brooklyn as kids and teen-agers until we all went our ways as adults. Bless you Al for being there when this great country needed you. I remember you vividly.
With much respect and love - your Cousin, Henry


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Posted by deedee
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Reading Tree for all the books.

Vanier Elementary School

Web Link


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Posted by Ralph Hansen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Steve wrote an interesting piece BUT he only mentions Miller the first historian and Steiger the latest. There were a few more who contributed to the cause.


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Posted by julie
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

Very nice.


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