Palo Alto is home to the headquarters of a number of high-technology companies: Hewlett-Packard, VMware, Tesla Motors, PARC, Ning, IDEO, Skype, Palantir Technologies, etc. It has also been where many other companies were located early in their life: Apple, Google, Facebook, Logitech, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Pinterest, and PayPal. Palo Alto's strong association with the creation of high-tech companies and Stanford University attracts people wanting to either create their own company or to help build a new company.
The public schools in Palo Alto are very highly rated, almost all having API scores over 900. Additionally Stanford University is within walking distance of downtown Palo Alto and many of the neighborhoods.
The 2010 census gives Palo Alto's population as 64,403. It is listed by city-data as the top city in the United States for having the most people with advanced degrees.
Excellent job opportunities, excellent schools, great weather all attract people to the city making it one of the most expensive cities in the United States.
Extensive graphs of Palo Alto home values for both single family homes and condos can be viewed at my Palo Alto Home Values web page. Recent Palo Alto home sales can be viewed at my Palo Alto Just Sold web page. Four key values: price, price per sq ft, size, and lot size, for Palo Alto single family houses are shown in the tabbed windows below.
A series of pictures are shown to give you a feeling for the city. Visiting the Palo Alto neighborhood web pages listed at the top of this page will give you information about Palo Alto's neighborhoods.