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 February 2019


Quick Facts
Visits 112,184
Unique Visitors 72,803
Pageviews 238,745
Visits Per Day 4,007
Pages / Visit 2.13
Avg. Visit Duration 2:3 min
% New Visits 52%

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
Creek Levels10,992
News Details7,028
Creek Monitor5,248
Junior Museum & Zoo4,927
Children's Theatre3,246
Animal Services2,918
Site Search2,868
OverAir City Wireless2,306
Pay Parking Citations On-Line2,184

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 creek monitor
palo alto
city of palo alto E-1 generation rate
palo alto california
palo alto police department
city of palo alto building department
4leaf palo alto contract C13149364
city of palo alto daytime population
palo alto library
palo alto building permits
palo alto 2018 council priorities
palo alto art center

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 iPhone25,895
Apple iPad4,765
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet811
Google Pixel 2683
Samsung SM-G950U437
Google Pixel 3372
Google Pixel 2 XL346
Unknown 344
Samsung SM-G960U332
Samsung SM-G965U288
Google Pixel287
Google Pixel 3 XL279
Samsung SM-N950U244
Samsung SM-G955U230
Motorola Moto X4208

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

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer8%

As of May 2018, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 58%

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

Edge, 2%