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Overview

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. 

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.

People

Total Population 32,377
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,806
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 63.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $137,940
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 6%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $2,356
Median House Value $897,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.6%
Irish 6.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station REDWOOD CITY
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
Station WOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
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
Station PALO ALTO
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 26,766 $149,627
Burlingame 29,941 $136,250
Hillsborough 11,253 $250
Redwood City 81,342 $103,608
San Carlos 29,454 $162,329
San Mateo 101,335 $105,790

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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