Palo Alto, California

Palo Alto, California
City of Palo Alto
Flag of Palo Alto, California
Official seal of Palo Alto, California
Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California
Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California
Palo Alto, California is located in the United States
Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°25′45″N 122°8′17″W / 37.42917°N 122.13806°W / 37.42917; -122.13806Coordinates: 37°25′45″N 122°8′17″W / 37.42917°N 122.13806°W / 37.42917; -122.13806
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountySanta Clara
IncorporatedApril 23, 1894[1]
Named forEl Palo Alto
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • BodyCity council
members:[2]
  • Mayor Pat Burt
  • Vice Mayor Lydia Kou
  • Greer Stone
  • Eric Filseth
  • Greg Tanaka
  • Alison Cormack
  • Tom DuBois
 • MayorPatrick Burt
Area
 • Total26.00 sq mi (67.35 km2)
 • Land24.10 sq mi (62.41 km2)
 • Water1.91 sq mi (4.94 km2)  7.38%
Elevation30 ft (9 m)
Population
 • Total68,572
 • Density2,871.52/sq mi (1,047.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
94301, 94303, 94304, 94306
Area code650
FIPS code06-55282
GNIS feature IDs277572, 2411362
Websitewww.cityofpaloalto.org Edit this at Wikidata

Palo Alto (/ˌpæl ˈælt/; Spanish for "tall stick") is a charter city in the northwestern corner of Santa Clara County, California, United States, in the San Francisco Bay Area, named after a coastal redwood tree known as El Palo Alto.

The city was established in 1894 by the American industrialist Leland Stanford when he founded Stanford University in memory of his son, Leland Stanford Jr. Palo Alto includes portions of Stanford University and borders East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Menlo Park. At the 2020 census, the population was 68,572.[5] Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States in which to live,[6][7] and its residents are among the most educated in the country. However, it also has a youth suicide rate four times higher than the national average, often attributed to academic pressure.[8]

As one of the principal cities of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is headquarters to a number of high-tech companies, including HP, Space Systems/Loral, VMware, Ford Research and Innovation Center, PARC, IDEO, Skype, Houzz, SAP Labs, and Lockheed Martin.[9] Palo Alto has also served as headquarters to several other high-tech companies, including Apple,[10] Google,[11] Facebook, Logitech,[12] Tesla,[13] Intuit, Pinterest, and PayPal.

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "City Council & Mayor". City of Palo Alto. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Palo Alto". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Palo Alto (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  6. ^ Scheinin, Richard (March 29, 2016). "Palo Alto, Atherton crack top 10 priciest ZIP codes in U.S." San Jose Mercury News.
  7. ^ White, Martha C. (January 5, 2015). "America's Most Outrageously Expensive Places to Live". Time.
  8. ^ "CDC releases preliminary findings on Palo Alto suicide clusters". The Stanford Daily. July 21, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  9. ^ "Advanced Technology Center". Lockheed Martin. August 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "Apple – 1 operation manual, 1976" (PDF). S3data.computerhistory.org. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  11. ^ Green, Jason (July 17, 2013). "Google Buys Nearly 15 acres in Palo Alto". San Jose Mercury-News. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Logitech History" (PDF). Logitech.com. March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  13. ^ Cite error: The named reference tesla was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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