Palo Alto Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work - Median Income by Zipcode

What is the population of Palo Alto?

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There are 67,973 residents in Palo Alto, with a median age of 42.6. Of this, 48.58% are males and 51.42% are females. US-born citizens make up 64.31% of the resident pool in Palo Alto, while non-US-born citizens account for 20.63%. Additionally, 15.05% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 56,908 people in Palo Alto currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 67,973 2.1%
Male Population 33,019 2.2%
Female Population 34,954 2.0%
Male population 48.58%
Female population 51.42%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 42.6 1.9%
Citizen US Born 43,716 4.1%
Citizen not US Born 14,024 -2.3%
Not Citizen 10,233 0.1%
Citizen US Born 64.31%
Citizen not US Born 20.63%
Not Citizen 15.05%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 2,083 -16.7%
Moved from Same County 4,536 -0.2%
Moved from Same State 1,809 -7.6%
Moved from Different State 2,006 6.9%
Same House as Last Year 56,908 3.5%
Moved from Abroad 3.09%
Moved from Same County 6.74%
Moved from Same State 2.69%
Moved from Different State 2.98%
Same House as Last Year 84.51%

What are the employment statistics in Palo Alto?

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White-collar workers make up 96.06% of the working population in Palo Alto, while blue-collar employees account for 3.94%. There are also 3,625 entrepreneurs in Palo Alto (10.92% of the workforce); 21,501 workers employed in private companies (64.76%); and 2,769 people working in governmental institutions (8.34%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 31,893 3.2%
Blue Collar 1,309 23.3%
White Collar 96.06%
Blue Collar 3.94%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 3,625 -12.2%
Private Companies 21,501 2.9%
Governmental Workers 2,769 28.9%
Not for Profit Companies 5,307 10.6%
Self Employees 10.92%
Private Companies 64.76%
Governmental Workers 8.34%
Not for Profit Companies 15.98%

How many households are there in Palo Alto?

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There are a total of 26,150 households in Palo Alto, each made up of around 3 members. Family establishments represent 66.87% of these Palo Alto households, while non-family units account for the remaining 33.13%. Additionally, 33.98% of households have children and 66.02% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 26,150 0.0%
Average People Per Household 3 2.4%
Family Households 17,487 0.6%
Non-family Households 8,663 -1.2%
Family Households 66.87%
Non-family Households 33.13%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 8,886 -0.2%
Households without Children 17,264 0.0%
Households with Children 33.98%
Households without Children 66.02%

What are the median and average incomes in Palo Alto?

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The average annual household income in Palo Alto is $248,703, while the median household income sits at $174,003 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $179,194, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $234,441. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $125,257 and $106,393, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $248,703 7.0%
Median Household Income $174,003 9.9%
People below Poverty Level 3,723 -8.1%
People above Poverty Level 63,144 3.0%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Palo Alto?

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There are 28,309 housing units in Palo Alto, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1962. Of the 26,150 occupied housing units in Palo Alto, 56.32% are owner-occupied, while 43.68% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 59.94% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $2,000,001. In general, housing costs reach $2,790 per month in Palo Alto.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 28,309 0.9%
Median Year Built 1962 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 3,703 -4.6%
Built between 1940 and 1949 2,206 0.8%
Built between 1950 and 1959 7,468 4.5%
Built between 1960 and 1969 3,875 -0.6%
Built between 1970 and 1979 3,479 7.7%
Built between 1980 and 1989 1,681 -9.0%
Built between 1990 and 1999 1,730 -9.5%
Built between 2000 and 2009 2,816 -2.6%
Built in 2010 or Later 1,351 27.3%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 26,150 0.0%
Owner Occupied 14,727 3.2%
Renter Occupied 11,423 -3.9%
Owner Occupied 56.32%
Renter Occupied 43.68%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 8,828 4.9%
Without Mortgage 5,899 0.6%
Median Value with Mortgage $2,000,001 0.0%
Median Value without Mortgage $2,000,001 0.0%
Median Housing Costs per Month $2,790 6.0%
With Mortgage 59.94%
Without Mortgage 40.06%

What is the level of education in Palo Alto?

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Approximately 7.65% of the population in Palo Alto holds a high school degree (that's 4,016 residents), while 8.42% have attained a college certificate (5,150 locals) and 28.95% have a bachelor's degree (15,189 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 605 9.4%
Some High School 4,016 16.6%
Some College 5,150 -1.4%
Associate Degree 1,603 -6.2%
Bachelor's Degree 15,189 -1.6%
Graduate Degree 26,632 4.4%
No High School 1.15%
Some High School 7.65%
Some College 8.42%
Associate Degree 3.06%
Bachelor's Degree 28.95%
Graduate Degree 50.76%

What is the marital status of Palo Alto residents?

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A total of 16,095 people in Palo Alto have never been married (which represents 28.88% of the total population), while 32,367 of them are wedded (58.08%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 402 (0.72%) and 4,316 (7.74%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 16,095 5.3%
Married 32,367 0.8%
Separated 402 -13.2%
Widowed 2,955 6.4%
Divorced 4,316 1.2%
Never Married 28.88%
Married 58.08%
Separated 0.72%
Widowed 5.3%
Divorced 7.74%

What are the most common means of transportation in Palo Alto?

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The top three means of transportation people in Palo Alto use to get to work are: car, bicycle and walking. A total of 20,690 residents commute by car, 2,820 prefer going to work by bicycle and 1,493 by walking.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 20,690 -4.1%
Bus or TrolleyBus 541 2.7%
Subway or Elevated 1,096 N/A
Railroad 9 28.6%
Bicycle 2,820 -2.2%
Motorcycle 47 -13.0%
TaxiCab 127 16.5%
Walk 1,493 4.6%

What is the median and average household income in Palo Alto by zipcode?

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ZipCode Population Number of Households Median Income Average Income
94301 17,470 7,102 $169,270.00 $275,325.00
94303 47,828 14,360 $120,754.00 $183,192.00
94304 4,391 1,935 $143,412.00 $242,185.00
94306 27,650 10,641 $167,043.00 $220,341.00

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2020 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

Zip codes included in this demographic data: 94301 94303 94304 94306

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