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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,281
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens20.3%
Employed Population 16+6,844
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married57%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.3%
Median Earnings25+$56,243
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,711

Wealth

Median Family Income$109,167
% Above Poverty Level96%
% Below Poverty Level4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone24.8%
Median Gross Rent$2,032
Median House Value$774,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.5%
German14.5%
English10.9%
Irish7.5%
Italian7.1%
Portuguese6.2%
Scottish3.7%
Polish2.9%
Norwegian2%
Dutch1.6%
Iranian1.4%
French Except Basque1.4%
Russian1.4%
Swedish1.2%
Welsh1.2%
Danishn1.1%
Arab0.8%
Hungarian0.7%
Greek0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Austrian0.3%
Maltese0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Palestinian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Latvian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Half Moon Bay Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94019
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.44
Approximate Longitude-122.41

Half Moon Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHALF MOON BAY
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp43 to 58 F
Apr Temp45 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 65 F
Oct Temp49 to 65 F
Annual Precip27.9 inches
StationPACIFICA 4 SSE
Distance9.7 miles
Jan Temp45 to 56 F
Apr Temp46 to 63 F
Jul Temp52 to 70 F
Oct Temp52 to 68 F
Annual Precip29.5 inches
StationWOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
Distance10 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belmont26,918$162,821
Burlingame30,118$147,466
Hillsborough11,312$233,424
Millbrae22,522$116,089
San Carlos29,596$168,696
San Mateo102,224$110,228

Half Moon Bay Public Schools

Alvin S. Hatch Elementary
490 Miramontes Ave.
ZIP: 94019
Primary
Total Enrollment 663
El Granada Elementary
400 Santiago St.
ZIP: 94019
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Half Moon Bay High
Lewis Foster Dr.
ZIP: 94019
High
Total Enrollment 1018
Kings Mountain Elementary
498 Kelly Ave.
ZIP: 94019
Primary
Total Enrollment 73
Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate
498 Kelly Ave.
ZIP: 94019
Middle
Total Enrollment 745
Pilarcitos Alternative High (continuation)
498 Kelly Ave.
ZIP: 94019
High
Total Enrollment 31

Half Moon Bay Private Schools

Wilkinson School
750 Avenue Alhambra
ZIP: 94018
Elementary
Total Enrollment 85
Sea Crest School
901 Arnold Way
ZIP: 94019
Elementary
Total Enrollment 247
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