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Palo Alto is a bustling, small city on the peninsula south of San Francisco. It is adjacent to Stanford University and home to hundreds of Silicon Valley technology companies, ranging from VMware and Hewlett-Packard to tiny startups operating in garages.

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  1. May Fete Parade, the annual Children’s Parade held in Palo Alto is the oldest annual children event in California. It was started 80 years ago.
  2. Palo Alto is one of the biggest sporting neighborhoods in the US with professional sports such as MLB's San Francisco Giants, the NFL's San Francisco 49'ers, pro basketball's Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse calling it home.
  3. Stanford University, whose main campus is located in Palo Alto, is the largest employer in the neighborhood, boasting a labor force of over 10,000 members of staff.
  4. At $119,124 per capita income, Palo Alto is one of the richest neighborhoods in the world.
  5. Leland Stanford, a tycoon, politician and gold prospector is credited to starting the Stanford University in 1876 on his 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito.

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