About This Website

As part of the City's ongoing commitment to improve the City website, staff enlisted a group of community volunteers to serve on a Website Advisory Committee with the goal of producing a set of recommendations to address concerns raised by citizens and enhance the overall website user-experience. The Website Advisory Committee, comprised of a select group of dedicated community volunteers, has met regularly during the past three years to help City staff with the creation of our present website.

Below you will find statistics about the performance of this site. The statistics are updated on a monthly basis for the prior month's activity. To the left are buttons to take you to information about the ongoing maintenance of this website, Ways to contact the City of Palo Alto about this website, and legal information.

Data For Month of June 2019


Quick Facts
Visits 130,060
Unique Visitors 90,763
Pageviews 491,193
Visits Per Day 4,335
Pages / Visit 3.78
Avg. Visit Duration 1:46 min
% New Visits 61%

The "Quick Facts" section provides "at a glance" information about this website.

Note: When somebody comes to this website, that constitutes a "visit". If the same person (from the same computer) visits again, that visit is counted again, but the "Unique Visitors" number does not increment, it counts two visits from the same computer in a certain period as one visit.

Top Pages
PageUnique Views
News Details10,066
Utilities Outages5,386
Junior Museum & Zoo4,778
Site Search3,350
Children's Theatre2,801
OverAir City Wireless2,518
Summer Hot Dog Productions2,460
Pay Parking Citations On-Line2,220
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve2,027

With website metrics, a trend is generally more useful than any one snapshot in time. This information can be very useful in helping City Staff to determine what information visitors are looking for the most.

The Home Page of this site has a "Most Popular" corner, but it is a curated list, whereas these results are based on raw data.

Top Referring Keywords
city of palo alto
the city of palo alto historic inventory
palo alto utilities
palo lato great race for saving water 2019
palo alto library
palo alto municipal code
city of palo alto msa\
comprehensive annual finacial report palo alto
city of palo alto building department
city of palo alto budget
city of palo alto jobs
palo alto city council

When visitors come to the website as a result of a Google search, analytics captures the terms the visitor entered to find the site. This report helps City Staff determine visitor's interests in both the short (monthly) and long (annual) term.

New site content is one outcome of analysis of this report. Another outcome is the addition of keywords to commonly sought after pages to make them more easily found by a search.

Mobile Devices
Apple iPhone31,275
Apple iPad4,006
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet873
Google Pixel 2649
Unknown 560
Samsung SM-G960U499
Samsung SM-G950U476
Google Pixel 3473
Google Pixel 2 XL363
Samsung SM-G965U313
Google Pixel 3 XL260
Samsung SM-G955U260
Samsung SM-N950U256
HTC Pixel 3255
Google Pixel215

This month, mobile devices accounted for 32% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer6%

As of May 2018, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 58%

Safari, 14%
Firefox, 5%
IE, 3%

Edge, 2%