Palo Alto - University Avenue
|Location in California|
|State :||United States|
|County :||Santa Clara County|
|Time zone :||Pacific ( UTC − 8 / −7 )|
|Residents :||66,642 (as of 2013)|
|Population density :||1,087.1 inhabitants per km 2|
|Area :||66.4 km 2 (approx. 26 mi 2 ) of
which 61.3 km 2 (approx. 24 mi 2 ) is land
|Height :||9 m|
|Area code :||+1 650|
|GNIS ID :||0277572|
|Mayor :||Sid Espinosa|
The garage in Palo Alto, where the Hewlett-Packard company started in 1939 .
Palo Alto is a city with around 67,000 inhabitants (as of 2013), located in the Santa Clara Valley ( Silicon Valley ) in the US state of California , 50 kilometers south of San Francisco and 20 kilometers north of San José . Palo Alto is part of Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area .
The city limits extend from San Francisco Bay in the east to the Santa Cruz Mountains in the west and from Menlo Park in the north to Mountain View in the south. The urban area covers an area of about 61 km², about a third of which is undeveloped.
According to the 2010 census , the population was 64,403, around 6,000 more than in 2000. The number of households in 2010 was around 28,000. The majority of the population consisted of white Americans, who made up around two-thirds of the total population. Latinos and other US citizens of Hispanic descent were poorly represented in California's comparison with around six percent of the city's population. Other minorities are African-American and Asian-American Americans. The 2010 census also showed that for every 100 women there were 95.7 men. The average age of the residents was 41.9 years.
According to an estimate by the US Census Bureau , the city had a population of 66,642 in 2013.
The climate is very mild, and thanks to its proximity to the Pacific are temperature changes only slightly ( oceanic embossed Mediterranean climate ). As a result, the seasons are also less pronounced, simplifying the distinction between a rainy and a dry season. The average annual temperature is 15 ° C (10 ° C in the rainy and 20 ° C in the dry season). Average annual rainfall is around 400 millimeters, with 95 percent of rainfall falling between October and April.
Palo Alto is primarily shaped by Stanford University and is the headquarters of well-known companies in the computer industry such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise , HP , Nanosys, Tesla Motors and VMware, as well as research institutions such as the Palo Alto Research Center and the Foresight Institute . Some venture capital firms are based. There are administrative offices of companies from the solar industry, but their production takes place elsewhere. In addition, the headquarters of " Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc." is located in Palo Alto. Until 2011, the social network Facebook had its headquarters in Palo Alto.
In addition to the many North American companies known from the IT industry, numerous important German companies with research facilities are based in Palo Alto, including the Bosch Research and Technology Center North America RTC, the software company SAP , the audio company Sennheiser and Electronics Research Laboratory ERL of the Volkswagen Group of America until it moved in 2011.
House prices are among the highest in the United States.
In June 2017 it was announced that Heidelberg would be the new twin town of Palo Alto.
Education and Research
In April 1967, history teacher Ron Jones, along with students and teachers at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, carried out the social experiment The Third Wave to warn of the attraction of fascist movements.
sons and daughters of the town
The list contains an alphabetical overview of important personalities born in what is now Palo Alto. Many moved away after their birth and became known elsewhere. The list does not claim to be complete.
- Lee Arenberg (born 1962), actor
- Theodore Brunner (* 1985), volleyball and beach volleyball player
- Lindsey Buckingham (born 1949), rock musician
- Ursula Buschhorn (* 1969), German actress
- Doug Clifford (born 1945), drummer
- Whitfield Crane (born 1968), singer
- Connie Crothers (1941-2016), jazz pianist
- Jon Fogarty (* 1975), racing car driver
- Dave Franco (born 1985), actor
- James Franco (* 1978), actor, producer, screenwriter and director
- Walther F. Goebel (1899–1993), immunologist and chemist
- Robert E. Hall (* 1943), economist
- Teri Hatcher (born 1964), actress
- Tony F. Heinz (* 1956), physicist and university professor
- Amy Irving (born 1953), actress
- Eugene Jarvis (* 1955), game developer
- Ollie Johnston (1912-2008), animator
- Bill Keller (* 1949), journalist, editor-in-chief of the New York Times
- Hilary Knight (* 1989), ice hockey player
- Bill Kreutzmann (* 1946), rock musician
- Anne La Berge (* 1955), flautist and composer
- Jordan Lage (born 1963), actor
- Jeremy Lin (* 1988), basketball player
- Jamie Luner (born 1971), actress
- Pamela Melroy (* 1961), NASA astronaut
- Jessica Monroe (born 1966), rower
- Susan Morton Blaustein (* 1953), composer and music teacher
- Ahna O'Reilly (* 1984), actress
- Julie Otsuka (* 1962), writer
- Sven S. Poser (* 1963), German screenwriter
- Markie Post (born 1950), actress
- Elizabeth Prommer (* 1965), communications and media scientist
- Haley Pullos (born 1998), actress
- Rick Rossovich (born 1957), actor
- Robert Spencer Olpin (1940–2005), art historian and university professor
- Rosalynn Sumners (* 1964), figure skater
- Bree Turner (born 1977), actress
Other personalities related to the city
- Gene Amdahl (1922–2015), computer architect and hi-tech entrepreneur
- Joan Baez (born 1941), singer
- Gregory Bateson (1904–1980), co-founder of psychological communication theory at the MRI ( Palo Alto group )
- Andreas von Bechtolsheim (* 1955), computer scientist and entrepreneur
- Sergey Brin (* 1973), co-founder of Google
- The Donnas , rock band
- Richard R. Ernst (* 1933), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
- Christine Blasey Ford (* 1966), American psychology professor
- Phil Hellmuth (* 1964), professional poker player
- William Hewlett (1913–2001), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP)
- Marcian Hoff (* 1937), microprocessor inventor at Intel
- Steve Jobs (1955-2011), co-founder of Apple
- Ron Jones (born 1941), teacher
- David Leavitt (born 1961), writer
- Chester Ray Longwell (1887-1975), geologist
- Marissa Mayer (* 1975), CEO of Yahoo
- David Packard (1912–1996), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP)
- Larry Page (* 1973), co-founder of Google
- Richard Rorty (1931–2007), philosopher and literary scholar
- Leland Stanford (1824-1893), Governor of California and founder of Stanford University
- Frederick Terman (1900-1982), a professor at Stanford University, often called the father of Silicon Valley called
- Peter Thiel (* 1967), high technology investor
- Paul Watzlawick (1921–2007), communication scientist, psychotherapist
- Irvin D. Yalom (* 1931), psychoanalyst, writer
- Jerry Yang (entrepreneur) (* 1968), co-founder of Yahoo!
- Mark Zuckerberg (* 1984), founder and CEO of the online network Facebook
In their song “Palo Alto”, released at the end of February 2019, the Hamburg band Kettcar addresses various jobs that are being lost due to the digital revolution . Many of the companies that drive this are based in the San Francisco Bay Area (see “Economics” section ). In the music video, lead singer Marcus Wiebusch drives to Palo Alto with a former journalist, a former record dealer, an ex-porn actress and a former bank clerk to "smash the algorithms" (lyrics).
- further information and pictures on CityData.com (English)
- Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
- Palo Alto Historical Association
- Quickfacts: Palo Alto, California (English)
- United States Census 2010 ( Memento from February 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
- bosch.us ( Memento of the original from December 18, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Dream homes for Facebook millionaires. Video on faz.net from May 4, 2012 , accessed May 5, 2012
- FOCUS Online: City of Heidelberg: Palo Alto (USA) and Hangzhou (China) are Heidelberg's new partner cities . In: FOCUS Online . ( focus.de [accessed on July 29, 2017]).
- Grand Hotel van Cleef: Kettcar - Palo Alto (Official Video). February 25, 2019, accessed March 3, 2019 .