East Palo Alto, California Population 2021

28,970
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East Palo Alto is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 28,970, it is the 251st largest city in California and the 1337th largest city in the United States. East Palo Alto is currently declining at a rate of -0.59% annually but its population has increased by 2.89% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,155 in 2010. East Palo Alto reached it's highest population of 29,811 in 2016. Spanning over 3 miles, East Palo Alto has a population density of 11,492 people per square mile.

The average household income in East Palo Alto is $99,176 with a poverty rate of 13.47%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,766 per month, and the median house value is $821,200. The median age in East Palo Alto is 30.7 years, 28.9 years for males, and 31.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 103.9 males.

East Palo Alto Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of East Palo Alto was:

  • Other race: 37.62%
  • White: 35.42%
  • Black or African American: 11.65%
  • Asian: 5.05%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 4.64%
  • Two or more races: 4.25%
  • Native American: 1.37%
The current population of East Palo Alto, California is 28,970, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 29,486.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 28,155.

East Palo Alto, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race11,13337.62%
White10,48235.42%
Black or African American3,44711.65%
Asian1,4955.05%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,3724.64%
Two or More Races1,2584.25%
American Indian and Alaska Native4061.37%
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East Palo Alto Population by Race

East Palo Alto Population Pyramid 2021

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East Palo Alto Median Age

30.7


Total

28.9


Male

31.9


Female

East Palo Alto Adults

There are 21,212 adults, (2,033 of whom are seniors) in East Palo Alto.

East Palo Alto Age Dependency

54.3

Age Dependency Ratio

10.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.7

Child Dependency Ratio

East Palo Alto Sex Ratio

Female

14,515

49.05%

Male

15,078

50.95%

East Palo Alto Population by Age

East Palo Alto Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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East Palo Alto Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male48.3%51.7%
Married44.9%55.1%
All39.8%60.2%
Non Family35.7%64.3%
Female30.3%69.7%

39.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

East Palo Alto Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,7243.8139.8
Married3,7124.7344.9
Non Family1,9071.5635.7
Female1,5904.1630.3
Male5154.448.3

4.31

Average Family Size

3.81

Average Household Size

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East Palo Alto Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,49024.85%
9th to 12th Grade1,7459.66%
High School Graduate4,37124.19%
Some College3,07117.00%
Associates Degree6673.69%
Bachelors Degree2,18712.11%
Graduate Degree1,5358.50%
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East Palo Alto Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

East Palo Alto Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic10,8585,118735
Other Race6,2072,993523
Black2,5832,321379
White2,4782,3811,647
Asian1,090966729
Islander76771253
Multiple Races431360138
Native American28713728

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.09%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 66.88%.

East Palo Alto Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,457$35,169$31,498
Less Than High School$28,019$28,988$25,207
High School Grad$30,999$33,469$27,493
Some College$32,267$40,428$31,783
Bachelors Degree$63,474$80,109$53,781
Graduate Degree$100,565$106,000$86,141

$32,457

Average Earnings

$35,169

Average Male

$31,498

Average Female

East Palo Alto Earnings by Educational Attainment

East Palo Alto Language by Age

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East Palo Alto Language

30.29% of East Palo Alto residents speak only English, while 69.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 61.40% of the population.

East Palo Alto Language

East Palo Alto Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic19,5382,73313.99%
Other11,1211,50213.51%
Black3,43944212.85%
Islander1,37226819.53%
Multiple1,25824519.48%
White2,9902257.53%
Asian1,4951268.43%
Native4069022.17%

13.47%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.99%

Male Poverty Rate

15.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in East Palo Alto

The race most likely to be in poverty in East Palo Alto is Native, with 22.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in East Palo Alto is White, with 7.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.63%.

East Palo Alto Poverty

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Name Poverty
Some College13.24%
Less Than High School12.77%
High School11.74%
Bachelors or Greater4.51%

East Palo Alto Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.35%
Male Unemployed24.73%
Female Employed6.71%
Male Employed6.12%

East Palo Alto Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

East Palo Alto Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$67,087$99,176
Families$70,823$99,594
Married Families$97,641-
Non Families$49,961$84,863
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Income by Household Type

East Palo Alto Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.9%

Male Marriage Rate

41.5%

Female Marriage Rate

East Palo Alto Married by Age and Sex

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East Palo Alto Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

East Palo Alto Marital Status by Race

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East Palo Alto Marital Status

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438

Number of Veterans

362

Male Veterans

76

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam71
First Gulf War49
Second Gulf War32
Korea25
World War II

East Palo Alto Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54135
55 to 64129
75+125
65 to 7437
18 to 3412

East Palo Alto Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1986.64%
White1902.50%
Hispanic470.37%
Hawaiian252.48%
Asian191.53%
2 or More60.96%

East Palo Alto Veterans by Race

East Palo Alto Veterans by Education

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16.21%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.27%

Veteran Disability Rate

East Palo Alto Veterans by Education

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72.5%

Labor Force Participation

69.2%

Employment Rate

4.4%

Unemployment Rate

East Palo Alto Employment by Age

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East Palo Alto Employment by Race

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East Palo Alto Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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49.91%

Born in California

60.80%

Native Born

39.20%

Foreign Born

27.96%

Non Citizen

11.24%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

60.80% of East Palo Alto residents were born in the United States, with 49.91% having been born in California. 27.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

East Palo Alto Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202128,970-172-0.59%
202029,142-172-0.59%
201929,314-172-0.58%
201829,486-185-0.62%
201729,671-140-0.47%
201629,8111500.51%
201529,6611790.61%
201429,4822700.92%
201329,2122860.99%
201228,9263751.31%
201128,5513291.17%
201028,222-1,284-0.44%
200029,5066,0552.32%
199023,4515,2602.57%
198018,191-536-0.29%
197018,7270.00%

East Palo Alto Population by Year