Welcome to Palo Alto
Palo Alto (pop. 61,200) is located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose. Its blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character. Its tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect the city’s California heritage; at the same time, it is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. As the “Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” the Palo Alto area is home to Nobel Prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, venture-capital firms, HP, Facebook and Stanford University, one of the most renowned universities and medical centers in the world. Palo Alto’s residents are highly educated, politically aware and culturally sophisticated.