Introduction to Daly City California

Daly City is a city in eastern San Mateo County, in the Bay Area of Northern California. Daly City is approximately ten minutes south of San Francisco, twenty-five minutes southwest of Oakland, and fifty minutes northwest of San Jose. The city is bounded by the the Pacific Ocean on the west and nearly to San Francisco Bay on the east. Daly City is one of the few majority Asian-American cities in the continental United States .

The first non-native American settlement of the area now occupied by Daly City started in the 1850s. The city was incorporated in 1911, and was named after John Daly, a prominent area businessman.

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located approximately nine miles to the south of Daly City. The city is also bisected by two major highways, U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 280. Daly City is also served by two Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) system stations as well as the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) and the San Mateo County Transit District (samTrans).

Daly City has received four "League of California Cities Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence" between 1997 and 2005, the most recent of which were in 2003 for "Community Services & Economic Development" and "Public Works, Infrastructure, and Transportation". Daly City's George Washington Elementary school of the Jefferson Elementary District was recognized as an "Honorable Mention School" by the "California School Recognition Program".

Daly City Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Daly City residents have easy access to all of the cultural and entertainment attractions of nearby San Francisco and Oakland. Some of the more notable items in and near Daly City include:

  • Daly City's seven-mile coast which is accessible to the public
  • The Cow Palace arena that is the home for the annual Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show.
  • The Lake Merced Golf and Country Club
  • The Golden Gate National Recreation Area which includes Daly City's Thornton Beach
  • The Pacific Plaza
  • San Bruno Mountain, with 2,063 acres of park land

Daly City's location provides sports-minded residents with access to the many professional teams located in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, including:

  • The San Jose Skyrockets of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA)
  • The Oakland Slammers of the International Basketball League (IBL)
  • The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • The San Jose Giants of Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The Giants are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
  • The San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the San Jose Stealth of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).
  • The San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).
  • The San Francisco Seals who play in the USL Premier Development League of the United Soccer League (USL).


Total Population 103,897
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 54,916
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 48.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.2%
Median Earnings25+ $39,564
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,126
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,917


Median Family Income $83,096
% Above Poverty Level 90.5%
% Below Poverty Level 9.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 20.4%


People Living Alone 20.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,599
Median House Value $564,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 81%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.4%
Irish 2.3%

Daly City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SW of San Francisco, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94014, 94015
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94016, 94017
Company Zip Codes 94013
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.705
Longitude -122.46

Daly City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 59 F
Jul Temp 54 to 61 F
Oct Temp 53 to 65 F
Annual Precip 19.7 inches
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 65 F
Jul Temp 54 to 68 F
Oct Temp 55 to 70 F
Annual Precip 22.2 inches
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 53 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brisbane 4,421 $96,477
Colma 1,837 $95,208
Pacifica 38,283 $113,750
San Bruno 42,090 $89,805
San Francisco 829,072 $93,391
South San Francisco 65,537 $89,186

Daly City Public Libraries

Daly City Public Library
Daly City, California
(650) 991-8025
Library Web Site

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Daly City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(650) 992-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,789 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

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Serves 1,289 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

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Serves 212 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

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