Woodside, California

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Woodside, California

Introduction to Woodside, California

Woodside, California, in San Mateo county, is 3 miles S of Redwood City, California and 20 miles W of San Jose, California. The town's population is approximately 5,352.

Woodside History

Woodside was initially inhabited by Ohlone Native Americans. The area was first explored by the Spanish. Woodside is also the oldest English-speaking settlement on the southern San Francisco Peninsula. In 1849, Mathias Alfred Parkhurst purchased around 127 acres of timberland and named it Woodside. The town was incorporated in 1956. Woodside is currently one of the wealthiest communities in the world.

Woodside and nearby Attractions

  • Filoli Center
  • Woodside Store Park
  • Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
  • Cantor Center for Visual Arts
  • Ardenwood Historic Farm
  • Ardenwood Regional Preserve

Things To Do In Woodside

Local parks include the Ardenwood Regional Preserve, the Big Basin Redwooods State Park, Butano State Park and Castle Rock State Park, to name a few. The Bean Hollow State Beach on the San Mateo Coast offers opportunities for fishing and beachcombing. The Ardenwood Historic Farm is nearby as well. Built in 19th century, this historic farm includes a mansion and Victorian gardens.

Woodside Transportation

San Francisco International is the nearest major airport.

Woodside Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Canada College, Stanford University and the College of San Mateo.

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High Points

Woodside strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Woodside Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Woodside Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Woodside Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Woodside College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Woodside People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Woodside Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Woodside, California

Comparing Woodside to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 7
Senior Citizens 7 9
Racial Diversity 7 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Female Share of the Population 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 8 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 3 2
Short Commute Times 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
People Living Alone 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Woodside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Redwood City, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles W of San Jose, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94061, 94062
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.43
Longitude -122.252

Woodside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.3 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 6.7 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
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
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Woodside Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,352 100%
Male 2,654 49.6%
Female 2,698 50.4%
Under 18 1,252 23.4%
18+ 4,100 76.6%
65+ 855 16%
Median Age 44.4
Average Family Size 2.98
White 4,828 90.2%
African-American 20 0.4%
Asian 267 5%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 70 1.3%
Mixed Race 153 2.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 232 4.3%

Estimated Woodside Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,463
Growth 111
Growth % 2.1%

Woodside Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.7%
English 14.1%
German 10.5%
Irish 8.7%
Italian 7.7%
US/American 6.4%
European 3.6%
Scottish 3%
Swedish 2.8%
Russian 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Norwegian 2.3%
Polish 1.8%
Welsh 1.5%
Iranian 1.4%
Danish 1.4%
Dutch 1.1%
British 1.1%
Swiss 1%
Eastern European 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Croatian 0.6%
Basque 0.6%
Palestinian 0.5%
Northern European 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
New Zealander 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Woodside, 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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Woodside 5,352 $196,505
Atherton 7,194 $200,001
Menlo Park 30,785 $105,550
Palo Alto 58,598 $117,574
Portola Valley 4,462 $180,893
Redwood City 75,402 $73,798
San Carlos 27,718 $103,971
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Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

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