Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States. The city shares its borders with East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Menlo Park. It is named after a coast redwood tree called El Palo Alto.

From elementary to high school, Palo Alto's public school system is ranked among the top in the nation. This fact is not surprising considering the close ties to Stanford University, a leading academic research university that produced many Nobel prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, leading scholars, and famous politicians.

Conveniently located near businesses and access to quality public schools, Palo Alto residents have an amazing array of activities and amenities. Winding throughout Palo Alto are running paths for joggers and walkers. Weekends, residents can be seen playing in the parks, walking in the foothills or baylands, attending cultural activities, shopping in the outdoor malls, and dining at ethnically diverse restaurants.

Within Palo Alto, there are 13 neighborhoods (plus the Stanford campus), each with distinctive character and charm.