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Palo Alto Neighborhoods

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 -- $2,068,750 (from December 2012 through November 2013).

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.

-- Carol Blitzer, Editor

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


Greater Miranda

Green Acres

Greendell/Walnut Grove

The Greenhouse

Leland Manor/Embarcadero Oaks/Garland



Monroe Park

Old Palo Alto

Palo Alto Hills

Palo Verde

Palo Alto Orchards


South of Midtown


St. Claire Gardens

Triple El

University South



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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 Fred Smith
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I'm currently homeless living in my vehicle. I've been a resident of Palo Alto for over 30 years. I've paid rent, roughly $500,000 over the years. I have a degree in physics and a few years of graduate school. I'm an out of work software engineer with 25 years experience. I lost my job a couple of years ago, went through my savings, exhausted my unemployment and lost my apartment last year. I borrowed some money from a friend and bought a old RV off craigslist which I now live in. I park either on El Camino Real or in industrial areas. I do no urinate, defecate nor bother my environment in any way. I have no criminal record. I keep a low profile. I cost the city nothing. I've now been out of work a couple of years and I'm considered old, both of these things making it difficult to find work but I continue to send resumes out looking for work. I survive on a small social security check. I cause no one any problems that I know of. It is no "fun" living in my vehicle but until I find work it's the best I can afford. Yet this proposed ordinance will at the least make me a minor criminal through no fault of my own as the economy is bad and seemingly getting worse. When I become a criminal by virtue of this new ordinance it will become even harder to find work. Palo Alto for many years has been a compassionate and liberal place but the proposed ordinance as it's written is heartless and ill thought out. Many people supporting the ban seem to say to those of us unfortunates ... "go away, I don't want to see you around here". How many of you live pay check to pay check? What if the economy continues to get worse and worse? Please be compassionate.

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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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