Palo Alto is located in Santa Clara County, 32 miles (51 km) southeast of San Francisco. The Palo Alto community is home to the prestigious Stanford University, which is located just south of the city limits. Tall structures on the Stanford campus, including the landmark Hoover Tower, can be found at Stanford.
Palo Alto was founded in 1894 and incorporated as a city in 1909. It is a regional center of retail, financial and professional services, medicine, and research. It is also home to a number of industries. Palo Alto is named for a 1,200 year old giant redwood which stands in the city.