Census 2010: Quick facts about Palo Alto


MORE KIDS ... Palo Alto's population of kids is inching upward. Last year, 23.4 percent of Palo Alto residents were under 18 years old; in 2000, the percentage was 21.2. The racial make-up of that growing population is also skewing. Within the Asian population, 26.8 percent are under 18 up from 24 percent a decade earlier compared with only 19.3 percent of the white population.

MOST DIVERSE ... Census tract 5107 can claim the title of being Palo Alto's most diverse area. The tract, a thin rectangle, stretches from Oregon Expressway past Charleston Road and is bounded by Alma Street and El Camino Real. The 0.56-square-mile tract includes both the Ventura and Charleston Meadows neighborhoods, the latter of which contains the new Arbor Real and Redwood Gate developments. The tract's population is 50.3 percent white; 37.4 percent Asian; 3.7 percent black; 0.4 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; 0.2 percent American Indian/Alaskan; and 5.2 percent "other." About 10 percent also identified themselves as ethnically Hispanic or Latino.

MOST REPRESENTATIVE ... To find the census tract with a population most similar to Palo Alto's overall racial profile, look no further than the middle of the city. In Midtown, tract 5109 -- bounded by Oregon Expressway, Middlefield Road, Alma Street and Barron Creek -- is 61.8 percent white; 28.8 percent Asian; 1.7 percent black; 0.3 percent American Indian/Alaskan; 0.2 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; and 2.2 percent "other." About 7 percent identified themselves as ethnically Hispanic or Latino.

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Sure Palo Alto is diverse, but when we talk about Palo Alto residents and all the big players in our area - none of them are of color. A grand example is the recent dinner President Obama had with White Silicon Valley. Everyone but Obama was white. There was two white women and the rest were white men. So, are we diverse? Really??? Do you think that if Zuckerberg (or any of them) was black, asian or latino, he would have all the financing he had to start his business? The glass ceiling is there, out high.

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Posted by Not a WASP
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2011 at 12:17 am


Would it have pleased you more if they planted a token black, a token Asian, and a token Hispanic at that dinner? But then, what about the token Jew, Asian Indian, Cambodian, Korean, Tongan, Japanese, American Indian? The hostess was white and so are all her friends. People invite their friends.

The glass ceiling is not in this area as much as elsewhere. Plenty of successful people here are not white. Glass ceilings exist in the Midwest, South, East Coast.

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Posted by Aaron@PalyVoice
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Where can I find primary source access to 2010 census data for Palo Alto? (i.e. where can I find the raw data used by your articles?)

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