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What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About Palo Alto

It's green, there are bike lanes, the school district is the best of California, there is a beautiful public library (1 over 5 here in town) nearby, there are a few public parks nearby.

My street is 10' off the ground so no cars, protected from floods, etc. There is a parking garage beneath it.

my nieborhood has changed since my family moved here over 50 years ago. my favorite local business here is the library. our library has many different things to do. they have movie night and different people visiting

Old trees, beautiful original homes, great schools, can walk to two different shopping areas and two more are a long walk or easy bike ride.

Old trees, beautiful homes, close to restaurants but not too close. We go to midtown restaurants and shops on foot.

Great restaurants and entertainment options within walking distance. Young and older population interacting. College town feel. Many families with young kids. Lots of playgrounds and parks.

Who Lives Here

Palo Alto Demographics

Education

High School

7%

Associate's

12%

Bachelor's

32%

Master's

34%

Doctorate

16%

Family Size

2 people

42%

3 people

26%

4 people

21%

5 people

8%

6+ people

2%

Household Income

0-50k

18%

50-100k

16%

100-150k

13%

150-200k

11%

200k+

41%

Age

0-10

11%

10-20

14%

20-45

30%

45-65

26%

65+

19%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Palo Alto?

Percentage: 2/52/5

Renters gave this area a 2 out of 5 for affordability

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Feb '24$3447$4360$3620$5500
Jan '24$3447$4360$3900$5500
Dec '23$3447$4360$3900$5500
Nov '23$3392$4360$3530$5500
Oct '23$3438$4360$3635$5500
Sep '23$3438$4360$3700$5500
Aug '23$3518$4360$3700$5500
Jul '23$3412$4360$4300$5750
Jun '23$3387$4355$3987$5750
May '23$3202$4005$3673$5500
Apr '23$3234$4000$3630$5725
Mar '23$3177$4345$3620$5750
Feb '23$3177$4345$3599$5750

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Palo Alto

Palo Alto Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

22%

15-30 Mins

47%

30-40 Mins

16%

40-60 Mins

8%

60+ Mins

7%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 7373

Walk Score®

Walkable

Yes

Say 10 of 20 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 15 of 20 renters

Percentage: 9393

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 15 of 20 renters

Percentage: 4040

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

Say 11 of 20 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 11 of 20 renters

Top Scores: Retail, Pet, Art

Things To Do In Palo Alto

Top Score

Retail Shops

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Palo Alto's retail scene is in the bag.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. 9% fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You'll labra-adore Palo Alto.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 20% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Palo Alto is a masterpiece for fine art lovers.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. 72% more fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Rest assured, you won't go hungry around here.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. 30% more restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Things are heating up. Palo Alto gets a solid score for coffee.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. 72% more coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

More of a gem than germ, this Palo Alto is not too bad for medical care.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 40% more medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Parks

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There's fresh air to be had here.

  1. A high number of parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 23% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Cardio is hale and hardy in Palo Alto.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 12% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The food shops around here are few and far between.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. 77% more grocery stores than average
  3. 41% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You'll need to stock up the mini-bar. Palo Alto is running dry.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. 19% more bars and clubs than average
  3. 70% fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Honk if you see a gas station.

  1. Few gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. 44% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

What Renters Are Saying

Palo Alto Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 20 of 20 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 20 of 20 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 20 of 20 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 19 of 20 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 18 of 20 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 18 of 20 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 17 of 20 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 17 of 20 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 16 of 20 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 16 of 20 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 16 of 20 renters

Maintained Yards

Yes

Say 15 of 20 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 14 of 20 renters

Near Highways

Yes

Say 13 of 20 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 13 of 20 renters

Tree Lined Streets

Yes

Say 13 of 20 renters

Well Lit

Yes

Say 13 of 20 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 12 of 20 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 13 of 20 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 14 of 20 renters

Palo Alto Education

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Palo Alto

Information provided by GreatSchools. To verify school enrollment eligibility, contact the school district directly.

What You Need to Know

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All About

Living in Palo Alto, CA

The small city of Palo Alto, California is home to just over 67,000 residents. Retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (19%) here than nationally (14%), while young adults are less well-represented. Renters tend to be in the minority in Palo Alto, and 55% of residents own their homes. Relatively high rent costs could be a contributing factor, as the average rent is substantially higher than the state average.

With an average commute time of about 26 minutes, quicker than most cities in California, Palo Alto residents are well aware that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Many residents (34%) commute to work by car or truck, while public transit isn't widely used. Cycling is the second-most common method of commuting to work, selected by 4% of workers. A small percentage of commuters (2%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.

Palo Alto residents have a plethora of industries from which to choose, the most common four of which are scientific, education, manufacturing, and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 31% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in management, which ranks as the top field in the city. Palo Alto workers bring in an average annual income of about $139K, more than the California average. Palo Alto's average income also compares favorably to the national average of $73,345. Palo Alto has a high percentage of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 31% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Furthermore, 21% have a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.