Palo Alto

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Costs of living

Costs of living in Palo Alto are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 250 Teleport cities and the 13th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Palo Alto will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

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Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$13
Monthly fitness club membership$73
Monthly public transport$110
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Palo Alto are very high. For this job type, Palo Alto ranks 2nd for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Palo Alto.

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People in Palo Alto

Population of Palo Alto

893 /km²
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Impressions from Palo Alto

2:47 Living in Palo Alto, California | Syben Carree

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On living in Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a bustling suburb in Santa Clara County south of the city of San Francisco. It is adjacent to Stanford University and home to hundreds of Silicon Valley technology companies, ranging from VMware and Hewlett-Packard to tiny startups operating in garages.

Palo Alto means tall tree in Spanish, and in this case refers to an aging redwood tree at the north end of the city appropriately named "El Palo Alto". The 1061-year-old Coast Redwood, which stands 110 feet (34 m) high and has a base diameter of 90 inches (229 cm), marks a campsite for the Portola Expedition Party of 1769.

Accessible by train, bus or automobile from nearby San Francisco (about 25 miles/40 km) and San Jose (about 20 miles/32 km) airports. US 101 is the primary highway access, although I-280 also passes through the western edge of Palo Alto. Palo Alto Municipal Airport, which is a few miles from the center of the city, serves private aircraft.

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