Welcome to Palo Alto
We are glad you chose to live in Palo Alto; our city is a great place to live and work.
Whether you’ve just arrived in town or have lived here for years, the information on this page will be of use to you. Hopefully, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
We have centralized all the areas you need to know. See tabs at right.
Besides what you need to know as a new resident, the city has many opportunities for volunteers interested in giving back to the community and helping to keep the city clean and beautiful.
From the City web site about Palo Alto:
Palo Alto, known as the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley,” is home to 69,700 residents and nearly 100,000 jobs. Unique among city organizations, the City of Palo Alto operates a full-array of services including its own gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage provided at very competitive rates for its customers. The City of Palo Alto offers robust community amenities including 36 parks, 39 playgrounds, five community and youth centers, 41 miles of walking/biking trails and five libraries. The City also manages a regional airport and provides fire, police and emergency services. Palo Alto is an award-winning City recognized nationally as innovative and well-managed, one of a small number of California cities with a AAA bond rating.
As the global center of technology and innovation, Palo Alto is the corporate headquarters for many world-class companies and research facilities. Home to Stanford University and a top-ranked public school system, Palo Alto also features beautiful and historic residential neighborhoods, vibrant shopping and retail districts. Palo Alto has a highly educated and culturally sophisticated citizenry that is actively engaged in making a difference both locally and globally.
The City of Palo Alto is more than 100 years old, and is named after a majestic 1000 (not 250) year old coastal redwood tree along San Francisquito Creek, where early Spanish explorers settled. The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character. A charming mixture of old and new, Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect its California heritage. At the same time, Palo Alto is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW