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Overview

Introduction to Redwood City, California

The suburban community of Redwood City is located in the Bay Area of northern California, approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco and 27 miles north of San Jose. The county seat of San Mateo County, Redwood City extends from the hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the San Francisco Bay shoreline. U.S. Highway 101 runs through the city, and Interstate-280 is easily accessible.

Incorporated as a city in 1867, Redwood City derived its name from the large quantity of timber that had regularly been hauled out from its waterfront (the only deep water port in the bay south of San Francisco itself). In the 1920's, the city's Real Estate Board and Chamber of Commerce each sponsored contests to find a slogan which would capture and publicize the city's finest qualities. The resulting slogan "Climate Best By Government Test" referred to a series of obscure climatological surveys conducted by the United States and German governments prior to World War I, during which Redwood City was found to be at the center of one of the world's three best climates (the others being The Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa).

Redwood City was home to the famous trial of Scott Peterson, who was housed at the San Mateo County jail. This facility, the most secure in the Bay Area, was also used in 1976 to hold Patty Hearst (granddaughter of legendary newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst), who made national headlines when she participated in a series of crimes conducted by a radical group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), which had previously kidnapped her.

Events and Attractions in Redwood City

Redwood City is fast becoming a major entertainment destination in the Bay Area. Some of the city's events include: Independence Day Parade, held continuously since 1939 and billed as "The largest Independence Day Parade in California"; the Stafford Park Concert Series; the CaƱada College Arts and Olive Festival; the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market; the Fair Oaks Community Center Anniversary Celebration; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. "Freedom Festival". City landmarks include the San Mateo County Historical Museum and the Union Cemetery.

Less than a half-hour away is the city of San Francisco and its large array of attractions, which include:

  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Alcatraz
  • Embarcadero Center
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Wells Fargo History Museum
  • Chinatown
  • Ferry Building Marketplace
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Nob Hill
  • Cable Car Museum
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • Ghirardelli Square

San Francisco professional sports teams include: NFL's San Francisco 49'ers (which up until the mid-1990s used to hold its workout practices at Red Morton Park in Redwood City); baseball's San Francisco Giants, the NBA's Golden State Warriors, and the Major League Lacrosse entry, the San Francisco Dragons.

Pro teams located in San Jose include: Minor League Baseball's San Jose Giants (the Single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants); Arena Football's San Jose SaberCats, and the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks.

People

Total Population 79,736
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 41,208
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.3%
Median Earnings25+ $49,057
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,787
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,029

Wealth

Median Family Income $98,149
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,588
Median House Value $795,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 5%
Irish 7.8%

Redwood City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of San Jose, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94061, 94062, 94063, 94065
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94059, 94064
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.485
Longitude -122.235

Redwood 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 0.2 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 3.7 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 6.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Redwood City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Emerald Hills (94062)

Palomar Park (94062)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atherton 7,034 $250
Belmont 26,503 $142,446
Foster City 31,809 $130,566
Menlo Park 32,792 $156,439
San Carlos 29,166 $158,853
Woodside 5,427 $242,143

Redwood City Public Libraries

Library
Redwood City Public Library
1044 MIDDLEFIELD RD
Redwood City, California
(650) 780-7018

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Redwood City Hospitals

SEQUOIA HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
170 ALAMEDA DE LAS PULGAS
(650) 367-5551
Emergency Service: Yes

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL - REDWOOD CITY
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1150 VETERANS BLVD
(650) 299-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Redwood City High Schools

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SEQUOIA HIGH
1201 BREWSTER AVE.
650-367-9780
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,549 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

SPECIAL EDUCATION
101 TWIN DOLPHIN DR.
650-802-5589
A Special Education School
Serves 685 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

REDWOOD HIGH (CONT.)
1968 OLD COUNTRY ROAD
650-369-1411
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

AURORA HIGH
656 BAIR ISLAND RD.
650-361-1345
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

SUMMIT PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL
201 MARSHALL STREET
A Charter School.
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

SEQUOIA DISTRICT COMMUNITY DAY
2600 MIDDLEFIELD ROAD
650-369-1411
A Non-traditional School
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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