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 April 2019


Quick Facts
Visits 104,552
Unique Visitors 69,128
Pageviews 317,712
Visits Per Day 3,485
Pages / Visit 3.04
Avg. Visit Duration 2:2 min
% New Visits 56%

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 Details8,156
Junior Museum & Zoo3,904
Site Search3,213
OverAir City Wireless2,630
Animal Services2,615
Great Race for Saving Water and Earth Day Festival2,397
Pay Parking Citations On-Line2,210
Children's Theatre1,872
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve1,859
Foothills Park1,846

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
palo alto california
city of palo alto jobs
palo alto downtown garage
city of palo alto gas walking survey 2017
palo alto
palo alto utilities
palo alto city council agenda
city of palo alto building department
palo lato great race for saving water 2019
city of palo alto council
palo alto building department
palo alto planning sign off

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 iPhone24,265
Apple iPad3,765
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet886
Google Pixel 2487
Google Pixel 3348
Samsung SM-G950U314
Unknown 293
Samsung SM-G960U291
Google Pixel 2 XL243
Google Pixel 3 XL225
Samsung SM-G965U200
Samsung SM-G955U197
Google Pixel183
Samsung SM-N950U176
Samsung SM-N960U172

This month, mobile devices accounted for of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer9%

As of May 2018, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 58%

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

Edge, 2%