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San Carlos

The outstanding schools, transportation options, and unusually low crime rate add to the lure of this area.

Welcome to San Carlos

San Carlos is located between Redwood City and Belmont, with a population just under 30,000. Once part of the expansive Rancho de las Pulgas holdings and now a major biotech hub, “The City of Good Living” is a charming and central peninsula town with a quaint, historic downtown, local museums, and acres of open space. Along revitalized Laurel Avenue, shops and restaurants bustle with locals. The newly built San Carlos Museum houses artifacts from the Ohlone Indian and Spanish eras and the nearby Hiller Aviation Museum is a must for flying buffs. The museum specializes in helicopter and aviation history and has more than 40 aircraft replicas. Overlooking neat streets lined with single family homes stretching to the Bay Shore, San Carlos’ Pulgas Ridge offers miles of scenic hiking and biking trails for the outdoor enthusiast

The outstanding schools, transportation options, and unusually low crime rate add to the lure of this area. San Carlos has its own elementary and middle school district, and all of the schools consistently rank near the top in the State. Students currently travel to Carlmont High School in Belmont or Sequoia High School in Redwood City to receive their public secondary education. In late 2014, the school district studied the viability of creating a 400 student high school on Old County Road, but there would be no athletic facilities at this school and a proposed adjacent park would be used instead. The local community is challenging this proposed school, and there has been no firm decision made as to proceeding. San Carlos also holds the distinction as the first city in California to open a charter school.

San Carlos' hilly terrain make for some incredible views of the bay, but the hillside lots can also leave residents with very little usable yard space, so access to 14 local parks sitting on over 143 acres of land make up for this difference. On the weekends the sports fields are full, and residents like to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Another incredible local benefit is access to the SamTrans bus system and Caltrain system, which provide access throughout San Mateo County and up and down the peninsula with 35 minute limited stop service to San Francisco. The San Carlos downtown is also home to Hot Harvest Nights and is a must visit during the summer months for dining and other festivals.

San Carlos is located in the 94070 zip code and consists of mainly single-family homes, but there are condominium and townhome properties located closer to the downtown area and at the top of the mountain ridge along Crestview drive.

Overview for San Carlos, CA

30,754 people live in San Carlos, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $104,853. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

30,754

Total Population

41 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$104,853

Average individual Income

Around San Carlos, CA

There's plenty to do around San Carlos, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

46
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
43
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including PeteZeria Forno, Brogue, and Nitty Gritty Preschool At Acton SV.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.58 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.74 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.91 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.32 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.79 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.05 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for San Carlos, CA

San Carlos has 11,393 households, with an average household size of 2.69. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Carlos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 30,754 people call San Carlos home. The population density is 5,682.7 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

30,754

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41

Median Age

48.88 / 51.12%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
11,393

Total Households

2.69

Average Household Size

$104,853

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

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Single
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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in San Carlos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Carlos. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
San Carlos Charter Learning Center
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
4th - 5th
5/5
Brittan Acres Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
5/5
PUBLIC
4th - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
No rating available
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