Introduction to Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay, California, in San Mateo county, is 8 miles SW of San Mateo, California (center to center) and 21 miles S of San Francisco, California. The city is located in the San Francisco metropolitan area. Half Moon Bay has a population of 11,842.

Half Moon Bay History

Half Moon Bay had its beginnings as an agricultural community. It started developing significantly only in the 1840s. At that time it was known as San Benito, later the name was changed to Spanishtown. The present name of Half Moon Bay was adopted by the area in 1874. It began progressing rapidly only after World War II and was incorporated in 1959.

Half Moon Bay and nearby Attractions

  • Ocean View Park
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • Montara Mountain
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach
  • San Gregorio State Beach

Things To Do In Half Moon Bay

Popular activities in Half Moon Bay include fishing, horse riding, golf and kite surfing. One can avail of whale watching cruises from the Pillar Point Harbor. Half Moon Bay is also famous for the Mavericks surf contest, where people have been known to surf against waves that have been as high as fifty feet. The city hosts an Art and Pumpkin Festival every October.

Half Moon Bay Transportation

San Francisco International serves as the local airport.

Half Moon Bay Higher Education

The college of San Mateo is the nearest institution.


Total Population 11,803
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,244
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 57.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.3%
Median Earnings25+ $53,825
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,555
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,377


Median Family Income $108,700
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,852
Median House Value $696,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.4%
Irish 8.1%

Half Moon Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of San Mateo, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles S of San Francisco, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94019
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.463
Longitude -122.427

Half Moon Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 65 F
Oct Temp 49 to 65 F
Annual Precip 27.9 inches
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 56 F
Apr Temp 46 to 63 F
Jul Temp 52 to 70 F
Oct Temp 52 to 68 F
Annual Precip 29.5 inches
Distance 10 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Half Moon Bay, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Princeton by the Sea (94019)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 26,503 $142,446
Burlingame 29,618 $132,210
Hillsborough 11,148 $250
Millbrae 22,177 $106,051
San Carlos 29,166 $158,853
San Mateo 100,114 $106,876
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Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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