Introduction to Foster City, California

Foster City, California, in San Mateo county, is 3 miles E of San Mateo, California (center to center) and 17 miles S of Oakland, California. The city is included in the San Francisco metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 28,803 people lived in Foster City.

Foster City History

The area that is currently known as Foster City was originally a marshland. It was founded in 1960s, built on an engineered landfill. A major part of the area was owned by T. Jack Foster who contributed significantly to the initial designing of the city.

Foster City and nearby Attractions

  • Mariners Point
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Ho'okahi Pu'uwai
  • Bay Area Dragons
  • Outrigger Canoe
  • Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park

Things To Do In Foster City

There are about 19 parks in Foster city, occupying an area larger than 100 acres. The parks offer a varied range of facilities like basketball and tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields and even biking and rollerblading trails. There are well maintained golf courses for enthusiasts of the game. Windsurfing in the San Francisco Bay is also very popular.

Foster City Transportation

The nearest airport is the San Francisco International Airport.

Foster City Higher Education

The College of San Mateo is the nearest institution of higher education that offers courses in Business, Computer and Information Science, Psychology and many others.


Total Population 31,809
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 15,986
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 61.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 63%
Median Earnings25+ $80,836
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,304
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,500


Median Family Income $130,566
% Above Poverty Level 96.1%
% Below Poverty Level 3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.6%


People Living Alone 23.9%
Median Gross Rent $2
Median House Value $850,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.4%
US/American 0.4%
English 5.2%
Irish 5.7%

Foster City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of San Mateo, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles S of Oakland, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94404
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.558
Longitude -122.27

Foster 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 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 42 to 73 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 79 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 26,503 $142,446
Burlingame 29,618 $132,210
Hillsborough 11,148 $250
Redwood City 79,736 $98,149
San Carlos 29,166 $158,853
San Mateo 100,114 $106,876
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