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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.

Redwood City History

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 1920s, 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 Cañada 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population82,595
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+43,974
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married49.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.3%
Median Earnings25+$51,186
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,397
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,655

Wealth

Median Family Income$111,066
% Above Poverty Level90.9%
% Below Poverty Level9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.4%
% Using Public Transportation5.6%

Housing

People Living Alone27.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,807
Median House Value$924,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55%
German9.4%
Irish7.9%
Italian7.2%
English5.1%
French Except Basque2.4%
Polish1.7%
Scottish1.3%
Norwegian1.3%
Russian1.2%
Dutch1%
Swedish1%
Danishn0.8%
Arab0.8%
Greek0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Iranian0.4%
US/American0.4%
Czech0.4%
Croatian0.4%
African0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Maltese0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Basque0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
South African0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Redwood City Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94063, 94065, 94061, 94062
P.O. Box Zip Codes94064
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.49
Approximate Longitude-122.21

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)

StationREDWOOD CITY
Distance0.2 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
Distance3.7 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
Distance6.1 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
Atherton7,127$250
Belmont26,918$162,821
Foster City32,967$143,326
Menlo Park33,319$164,014
San Carlos29,596$168,696
Woodside5,496$250

Redwood City Public Libraries

Redwood City Public Library
1044 MIDDLEFIELD RD
Redwood City, California
(650) 780-7061

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Redwood City Hospitals

Kaiser Fnd Hosp - Redwood City
(Non-profit)
1150 Veterans Boulevard
Sequoia Hospital
(Non-profit)
170 Alameda De Las Pulgas

Redwood City Public Schools

John F. Kennedy Middle
2521 Goodwin Ave.
ZIP: 93239
Middle
Total Enrollment 728
Adelante Spanish Immersion
3150 Granger Way
ZIP: 94061
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Hawes Elementary
909 Roosevelt Ave.
ZIP: 94061
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Henry Ford Elementary
2498 Massachusetts Ave.
ZIP: 94061
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Roosevelt Elementary
2223 Vera Ave.
ZIP: 94061
Primary
Total Enrollment 658
Roy Cloud Elementary
3790 Red Oak Way
ZIP: 94061
Primary
Total Enrollment 776
Canyon Oaks Youth Center
400 Edmonds Rd.
ZIP: 94062
High
Total Enrollment 9
Clifford Elementary
225 Clifford Ave.
ZIP: 94062
Primary
Total Enrollment 727
John Gill Elementary
555 Ave. Del Ora
ZIP: 94062
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Mckinley Institute Of Technology
400 Duane St.
ZIP: 94062
Middle
Total Enrollment 384
North Star Academy
400 Duane St.
ZIP: 94062
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Sequoia High
1201 Brewster Ave.
ZIP: 94062
High
Total Enrollment 2135
Sequoia Union High Independent Study
120 James Ave.
ZIP: 94062
Connect Community Charter
635 Oakside Ave.
ZIP: 94063
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Everest Public High
455 Fifth Ave.
ZIP: 94063
High
Total Enrollment 384
Fair Oaks Elementary
2950 Fair Oaks Ave.
ZIP: 94063
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Hoover Elementary
701 Charter St.
ZIP: 94063
Primary
Total Enrollment 787
Orion Alternative
815 Allerton St.
ZIP: 94063
Primary
Total Enrollment 241
Redwood High
1968 Old Co Rd.
ZIP: 94063
High
Total Enrollment 290
Summit Preparatory Charter High
890 Brd.way
ZIP: 94063
High
Total Enrollment 388
Taft Elementary
Tenth Ave. And Bay Rd.
ZIP: 94063
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Redwood Shores Elementary
225 Shearwater Pkwy.
ZIP: 94065
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
San Mateo County Rop
101 Twin Dolphin Dr.
ZIP: 94065
High
San Mateo County Special Education
101 Twin Dolphin Dr.
ZIP: 94065
Other
Total Enrollment 223
Sandpiper Elementary
801 Redwood Shores Pkwy.
ZIP: 94065
Primary
Total Enrollment 508

Redwood City Private Schools

Redwoods International Montessori House Of Chldrn
2000 Woodside Rd
ZIP: 94061
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Pius Elementary School
1100 Woodside Rd
ZIP: 94061
Elementary
Total Enrollment 293
West Bay Christian Academy
901 Madison Ave
ZIP: 94061
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral Schl For The Deaf
3518 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 94062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Our Lady Of Mt Carmel School
301 Grand St
ZIP: 94062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 285
Redeemer Lutheran School
468 Grand St
ZIP: 94062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 198
Sequoia Preschool Kindergarten
233 Topaz St
ZIP: 94062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Holy Family School
151 Buckingham Ave
ZIP: 94063
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Wings Learning Center
411 Middlefield Rd
ZIP: 94063
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 29
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