East Palo Alto, California

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East Palo Alto (often abbreviated EPA) is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States.



As of the 2000 census, the population of East Palo Alto was 29,506 (31,915: 2003 estimate). It is situated on the San Francisco Peninsula, roughly halfway between the cities of San Francisco and San Jose. To the north and east is the San Francisco Bay, to the west is the city of Menlo Park, and to the south the prosperous city of Palo Alto. Despite being called "East" Palo Alto, this is a misnomer, as the city is precisely due north of Palo Alto. While widely assumed to be part of the city of Palo Alto,[1][2] East Palo Alto has always been a separate entity, being located in a different county since its founding as an unincorporated community (Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County) and until recently having an entirely different demographic makeup. The two cities are separated only by San Francisquito Creek and, largely, the Bayshore Freeway (the vast majority of East Palo Alto is northeast of the freeway, while all of the residential part of Palo Alto is southwest of the freeway). The revitalization projects in 2000, and the surge of high income high-tech professionals moving into the new developments (including employees from Google and Facebook), have begun to eliminate the cultural and economic differences between the two cities.[3] East Palo Alto and Palo Alto share both telephone area codes and postal ZIP codes.

Although about half of East Palo Alto's residents were African Americans in 1990, Latinos now constitute about 70% of the total population, while the proportion of African Americans has decreased to about 25%. A small minority of Pacific Islander population also resides in East Palo Alto, mostly Tongans with some Samoans and Fijians[citation needed]. East Palo Alto has the largest concentration of Pacific Islanders of any U.S. city or town outside of Hawaii[citation needed].

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