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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.

People

Total Population 12,052
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 6,291
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 58.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.7%
Median Earnings25+ $55,779
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,324

Wealth

Median Family Income $107,546
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,896
Median House Value $710,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.9%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station HALF MOON BAY
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
Station PACIFICA 4 SSE
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
Station WOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
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 26,766 $149,627
Burlingame 29,941 $136,250
Hillsborough 11,253 $250
Millbrae 22,416 $107,466
San Carlos 29,454 $162,329
San Mateo 101,335 $105,790

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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LOUIS FOSTER DR.
650-712-7200
Serves 1,169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

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498 KELLY AVE.
650-712-7224
A Non-traditional School
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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