Palo Alto is No. 1 'Most Livable City'

And the survey says ... our town is tops for weather, economy and culture and nature.

Photo by Rick Hyland/Livability.com
Photo by Rick Hyland/Livability.com
Palo Alto ranked as the No. 1 "Most Livable City" in a nationwide survey released Wednesday by Livability.com.

"Take mild weather, a thriving economy, great cultural and natural amenities; add in not one, but two downtowns surrounded by housing; and finally, drop in one of the highest-ranked universities in the world," the surveyors said, "and you’ll find yourself in Palo Alto, Livability.com’s 2014 Best Place to Live."

Palo Alto received a score of 646 compiled from such factors as healthcare, housing, infrastructure, housing, education and economics.

Coming in second and third on the list were Boulder, Co., and Berkeley with livability scores of 643, according to the poll.

Livability.com and its research partners used data from public sources like the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as private-sector sources including Esri, Walk Score and Great Schools, and nonprofits like the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Americans for the Arts, to compile the survey results. 

To view the complete list, click here. 

Frank Flynn October 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM
A survey like this is always somewhat subjective - nice weather sure, although drought is sometimes a problem. Our thriving economy is the reason that a simple starter home here will cost 1 million dollars; I don't think my children will be able to live here. Stanford is a wonderful institution but I don't think living next to it is that huge a benefit - are the acceptance standards different for children from Gunn of Palo Alto High? Very livable unless you are not rich (remember Buena Vista mobile home park? the car camping ban?), or Senior (Measure D, the Maybell project). I live here and I do like it very much but we have much to do to make our town what I would call "livable"
dena dersh October 21, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I found this survey to be amusing. The traffic is so bad in Palo Alto that it takes me a very long time to go from South Palo Alto to North Palo Alto during peak times. The signal lights look like they've not been updated since the 60's. What does it take to put in left turn arrows at busy intersections so people don't have to risk their lives making left turns? Also Palo Alto home prices are astronomical. The weather is great, yes, but that has nothing to do how well our city is run! Like Frank says, new development is out-of-control and getting worse. Unfortunately the mayor is a figure-head with no actual power to do anything. Do you in big cities, mayors actually do things?! Yes, I know, it's hard to believe!


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