Palo Alto

Palo Alto (/ˌpæloʊˈæltoʊ/; Spanish: [ˈpalo ˈalto]; from palo, literally "stick", colloquially "tree", and alto "tall"; meaning: "tall tree") 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.

Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. when he founded Stanford University, following the death of his son, Leland Stanford Jr. The city includes portions of Stanford and is headquarters to a number of high-technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Space Systems/Loral, VMware, Tesla Motors, Ford Research and Innovation Center, PARC, Ning, IDEO, Skype, and Palantir Technologies. It has also served as an incubator to several other high-technology companies such as Google,[6] Facebook, Logitech,[7] Intuit, Pinterest, and PayPal.

Many nearby Silicon Valley companies, no longer primarily in Palo Alto, were once headquartered and experienced major growth in Palo Alto, including Google (now in Mountain View),[43][44] Facebook (now in Menlo Park),[45] and PayPal (now in San Jose).[43][46]

Palo Alto's retail and restaurant trade includes Stanford Shopping Center, an upscale open air shopping center established in 1955, and downtown Palo Alto, centered on University Avenue.[47]

Palo Alto is the location of the first street-level Apple Store,[48] the first Apple mini store,[49] the first West Coast Whole Foods Market store,[50] and the first Victoria's Secret.[51]

Top employers

According to the City's 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[52] the top employers in the city are:

#

Employer

# of Employees

1

Stanford University

11,300

2

Stanford University Medical Center/Hospital

5,900

3

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

4,200

4

Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

3,900

5

VMware Inc.

3,500

6

SAP

3,500

7

Space Systems/Loral

2,800

8

Hewlett-Packard

2,500

9

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

2,200

10

Varian Medical Systems

1,400

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