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Overview

Introduction to San Mateo, California

San Mateo, incorporated in 1894, is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California located approximately 20 miles south of San Francisco. Situated amongst three major freeways (U.S.- 101, Interstate - 280 and California state highway 92), San Mateo is linked to San Francisco (to the north), San Jose (to the south) and the East Bay (to the east). One of the largest cities in San Mateo County and one of only two which is governed by its own City Charter, San Mateo is both a residential and business community.

Sometimes referred to as the "Paris of the (San Francisco) Peninsula," San Mateo is afforded shelter from the Pacific Ocean by the Montara Mountain block of the Santa Cruz Mountain chain, resulting in a mild Mediterranean climate. The city (and also the county in which it resides) conveys the Spanish name for Saint Matthew. Until about 1850, this name appeared as "San Matheo."

Arts, Culture and Attractions in the San Mateo Area

The San Mateo Performing Arts Center is one of the largest theaters on the peninsula outside of San Francisco. Other sites of interest in San Mateo include:

  • Coyote Point Museum.
  • Bay Meadows horse racing track.
  • San Mateo Arboretum.
  • San Mateo Japanese Garden.
  • Coyote Point Recreation Area.
  • Horseshoe Cove.
  • Hiller Aviation Museum.
  • Ice Center.

A very short drive north yields access to the many attractions in the city of San Francisco. A few of these are:

  • Alcatraz.
  • Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Chinatown.
  • Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Cable Car Museum.
  • Ghirardelli Square.
  • Ferry Building Marketplace.
  • San Francisco Zoo.

Sports lovers have easy access to many professional teams which call the Bay Area their home. Among these are the following:

  • Basketball:
    • Golden State Warriors (NBA).
  • Baseball:
    • Major League Baseball (MLB): San Francisco Giants (National League).
    • Major League Baseball (MLB): Oakland Athletics (American League).
    • Minor League Baseball (MiLB): San Jose Giants (Single-A affiliate of the SF Giants).
  • Football:
    • National Football League (NFL): San Francisco 49'ers.
    • National Football League (NFL): Oakland Raiders.
    • Arena Football League (AFL): San Jose SaberCats.
  • Hockey:
    • San Jose Sharks (NHL).
  • Soccer:
    • San Jose Earthquakes (MLS).
  • Lacrosse:
    • San Francisco Dragons (MLL).

People

Total Population 101,335
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 53,107
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 50%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.1%
Median Earnings25+ $51,046
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,047
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,180

Wealth

Median Family Income $105,790
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 9.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,756
Median House Value $778,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54%
US/American 0.4%
English 5.8%
Irish 7.8%

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

San Mateo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles S of San Francisco, California
County San Mateo
Standard Zip Codes 94401, 94402, 94403, 94404, 94409
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94405, 94406, 94407, 94408
Company Zip Codes 94497
Phone Area Codes 650
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.563
Longitude -122.324

San Mateo 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 RICHMOND
Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 53 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches
Station REDWOOD CITY
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches
Station WOODSIDE FIRE STN 1
Distance 9.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 26,766 $149,627
Burlingame 29,941 $136,250
Foster City 32,377 $137,940
Hillsborough 11,253 $250
Millbrae 22,416 $107,466
San Carlos 29,454 $162,329

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

San Mateo Public Libraries

Library
San Mateo County Library
25 TOWER RD.
San Mateo, California
(650) 312-5258
Library Web Site
San Mateo Public Library
55 W. THIRD AVE.
San Mateo, California
(650) 522-7802
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San Mateo Hospitals

SAN MATEO MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
222 W 39TH AVE
(650) 573-2222
Emergency Service: Yes

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San Mateo High Schools

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ARAGON HIGH
900 ALAMEDA DE LAS PULGAS
650-762-0129
Serves 1,520 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

SAN MATEO HIGH
506 N. DELAWARE ST.
650-762-0152
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,354 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

HILLSDALE HIGH
3115 DEL MONTE ST.
650-378-8170
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,254 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

JUVENILE HALL/COMMUNITY
21 TOWER ROAD
650-802-5589
A Non-traditional School
Serves 273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

SAN MATEO UNION HIGH COMMUNITY DAY
300 PIEDMONT ROOM 419
650-558-2428
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3

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