Palo Alto is considered a highly desirable community. Its tree-lined residential streets offer a visual feast of distinctive architecture and well-kept gardens.
A hallmark of Palo Alto is citizen involvement in local government and larger causes. The site of many a peace march in the 1960s, the city's 62,000 residents continue to be outspoken and upfront about what they believe - from fighting global warming to preserving historic buildings.
Education is a core value for Palo Alto. Its school system is top-rated, and 95% of its high school graduates go on to college. More than 40 percent of Palo Alto residents over the age of 25 have a graduate degree or better, and the guy next to you at Starbucks just may be a Nobel Laureate.
Being Stanford University's home town has its advantages. The cultural and academic offerings on campus add immeasurably to the intellectual life of Palo Alto and tailgating at Stanford Stadium is a favorite activity in the fall.
Throw in a breathtaking environment full of recreational opportunities, highly reliable City-owned utilities, and world-class shopping and dining, and you'll understand why a Palo Alto address is much sought-after.
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