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San Mateo

San Mateo is a vibrant community just south of San Francisco and in the heart of the peninsula.

Welcome to San Mateo

The largest city in its namesake San Mateo County, San Mateo is a vibrant community just south of San Francisco and in the heart of the peninsula. With a large Central Park, the famous CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point Museum, a charming downtown area lined with historic buildings, and destination restaurants and upscale shopping at the Hillsdale Shopping Mall, San Mateo is an incredible place to live and call home. For those interested in the arts, the San Mateo Performing arts center is a magnificent venue to take in a concert or a show. You can also check out the San Mateo Arboretum and the Japanese Tea Garden for exquisite displays of horticulture while visiting the town.

San Mateo was once home to the Bay Meadows Race Track, which was (until its closure) the longest running thoroughbred racetrack in California. Heading to go see the ponies was a fond memory for many local residents, but the land proved too valuable to operate as a horse racing track. Bay Meadows is now a hip and urban master planned development that will include apartments, townhomes, condominiums, smaller lot single family homes, and some commercial space as well. The proximity to the Caltrain station nearby makes this an ideal housing location for those looking to commute up and down the peninsula.

Elementary school-aged children attend schools within the San Mateo-Foster City School District. The San Mateo schools in the district do not carry the same high marks as the Foster City schools, but they are considered good mid-range schools. High school-aged children in the area attend one of the regional schools in the San Mateo Union High School District. As an alternative, Junipero Serra High School is a local private school that is located in the heart of the city and includes notable alumni such as Tom Brady and Barry Bonds.

San Mateo is in the 94402 and 94403 zip code, and homes in the region are primarily single family homes. Although, the new construction in Bay Meadows is rapidly changing the overall makeup of housing in the city with each new phase of development.

Overview for San Mateo, CA

105,087 people live in San Mateo, where the median age is 37.7 and the average individual income is $71,429. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

105,087

Total Population

37.7 years

Median Age

High

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

$71,429

Average individual Income

Around San Mateo, CA

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

82
Very Walkable
Walking Score
91
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
43
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Trans Bay Metal Detectors, NicFit, and Daniel Singer Dance Lessons.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 3.28 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.38 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.65 miles 41 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.05 miles 44 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.39 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.96 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for San Mateo, CA

San Mateo has 40,233 households, with an average household size of 2.58. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Mateo do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 105,087 people call San Mateo home. The population density is 8,660.48 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

105,087

Total Population

High

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

37.7

Median Age

49.63 / 50.37%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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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
40,233

Total Households

2.58

Average Household Size

$71,429

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

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 Mateo, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Mateo. 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
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Bay Meadows Kindercare
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
George Hall Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
College Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
North Shoreview Montessori
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Beresford Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Centennial Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Fiesta Gardens International Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
San Mateo Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Compass High School
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Pacific Rim Int'l School
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
St Matthew Catholic School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Meadow Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Junipero Serra High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Tulane Montessori Children's House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
St Matthew's Episcopal Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
2nd - 12th
No rating available
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