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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,967
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+16,520
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married62.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher69.4%
Median Earnings25+$87,394
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,058
Median Earnings With High School Degree$46,484

Wealth

Median Family Income$143,326
% Above Poverty Level95.7%
% Below Poverty Level4.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation7.5%

Housing

People Living Alone24%
Median Gross Rent$2,535
Median House Value$949,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56.3%
German7.7%
Irish6.9%
Italian4.7%
English4.5%
Russian3.4%
French Except Basque2%
Arab1.8%
Polish1.5%
Iranian1.4%
Scottish1%
Israeli0.9%
Norwegian0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Portuguese0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Turkish0.6%
Greek0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Swiss0.5%
West Indian0.5%
African0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Maltese0.3%
US/American0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Liberian0.1%
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Foster City Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94404
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.55
Approximate Longitude-122.26

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)

StationREDWOOD CITY
Distance5.6 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp45 to 70 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip20.1 inches
StationWOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp36 to 60 F
Apr Temp42 to 73 F
Jul Temp51 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 79 F
Annual Precip28.7 inches
StationPALO ALTO
Distance10.6 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp57 to 79 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip15.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belmont26,918$162,821
Burlingame30,118$147,466
Hillsborough11,312$233,424
Redwood City82,595$111,066
San Carlos29,596$168,696
San Mateo102,224$110,228

Foster City Public Schools

Audubon Elementary
841 Gull Ave.
ZIP: 94404
Primary
Total Enrollment 688
Bowditch Middle
1450 Tarpon St.
ZIP: 94404
Middle
Total Enrollment 998
Brewer Island Elementary
1151 Polynesia Dr.
ZIP: 94404
Primary
Total Enrollment 699
Foster City Elementary
461 Beach Park Blvd.
ZIP: 94404
Primary
Total Enrollment 900
San Mateo-foster City Special Education Preschool
1170 Chess Dr.
ZIP: 94404

Foster City Private Schools

Bright Horizon Chinese School
650 Shell Blvd
ZIP: 94404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 149
Kids Connection Elementary
1998 Beach Park Blvd
ZIP: 94404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
Ronald C Wornick Jewish Day School
800 Foster City Blvd
ZIP: 94404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 227
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