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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population102,224
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+54,161
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.1%
Median Earnings25+$52,190
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,323
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,303

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,228
% Above Poverty Level92.1%
% Below Poverty Level7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation10.1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,871
Median House Value$850,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.1%
German8.7%
Irish8.2%
Italian7.7%
English5.4%
French Except Basque2.1%
Russian2.1%
Scottish1.7%
Polish1.7%
Arab1.5%
Swedish1.2%
Dutch0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Greek0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Iranian0.5%
Brazilian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Palestinian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
African0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Maltese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Australian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Basque0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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San Mateo Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Mateo County
Standard Zip Codes94401, 94402, 94403, 94404
Company Zip Codes94497
Phone Area Codes650
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.57
Approximate Longitude-122.32

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)

StationRICHMOND
Distance4.4 miles
Jan Temp43 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 66 F
Jul Temp55 to 71 F
Oct Temp53 to 72 F
Annual Precip23.3 inches
StationREDWOOD CITY
Distance7.4 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
Distance9.9 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
Foster City32,967$143,326
Hillsborough11,312$233,424
Millbrae22,522$116,089
San Carlos29,596$168,696

San Mateo Public Libraries

San Mateo County Libraries
125 LESSINGIA COURT
San Mateo, California
(650) 312-5258
San Mateo Public Library
55 WEST THIRD AVE
San Mateo, California
(650) 522-7802

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San Mateo Hospitals

Mills Health Center
(Non-profit)
100 South San Mateo Drive
San Mateo Medical Center
(Government - Local)
222 West 39th Avenue

San Mateo Public Schools

College Park Elementary
715-a Indian Ave.
ZIP: 94401
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Lead Elementary
949 Ocean View Ave.
ZIP: 94401
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
North Shoreview Montessori Elementary
1301 Cypress Ave.
ZIP: 94401
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
San Mateo High
506 N. Delaware St.
ZIP: 94401
High
Total Enrollment 1555
Aragon High
900 Alameda De Las Pulgas
ZIP: 94402
High
Total Enrollment 1423
Baywood Elementary
600 Alameda De Las Pulgas
ZIP: 94402
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
Borel Middle
425 Barneson Ave.
ZIP: 94402
Middle
Total Enrollment 958
Gateway Center
35 Tower Rd.
ZIP: 94402
High
Total Enrollment 71
Highlands Elementary
2320 Newport St.
ZIP: 94402
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Hillcrest At Youth Services Center
10 Loop Rd.
ZIP: 94402
Other
Total Enrollment 60
Margaret J. Kemp
400 Paul Scannell Dr.
ZIP: 94402
High
Total Enrollment 18
Parkside Elementary
1685 Eisenhower St.
ZIP: 94402
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
San Mateo Park Elementary
161 Clark Dr.
ZIP: 94402
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Sunnybrae Elementary
1031 S. Delaware St.
ZIP: 94402
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Abbott Middle
600 36th Ave.
ZIP: 94403
Middle
Total Enrollment 802
Bayside S.t.e.m. Academy
2025 Kehoe Ave.
ZIP: 94403
Middle
Total Enrollment 625
Beresford Elementary
300 28th Ave.
ZIP: 94403
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Fiesta Gardens International Elementary
1001 Bermuda Dr.
ZIP: 94403
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
George Hall Elementary
130 San Miguel Way
ZIP: 94403
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Hillsdale High
3115 Del Monte St.
ZIP: 94403
High
Total Enrollment 1349
Laurel Elementary
316 36th Ave.
ZIP: 94403
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
Meadow Heights Elementary
2619 Dolores St.
ZIP: 94403
Primary
Total Enrollment 348

San Mateo Private Schools

Centennial Montessori School
27 10th Ave
ZIP: 94401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Kinder Academy Montessori
300 E Santa Inez Ave
ZIP: 94401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Muslim Children's Garden
225 Tilton Ave
ZIP: 94401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Russell Bede School
446 Turner Ter
ZIP: 94401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
St Matthew's Episcopal Day School
16 Baldwin Ave
ZIP: 94401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 201
St Timothy School
1515 Dolan Ave
ZIP: 94401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 214
Stanbridge Academy
515 E Poplar Ave
ZIP: 94401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 108
Odyssey School
201 Polhemus Rd
ZIP: 94402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
St Matthew Catholic School
910 S El Camino Real
ZIP: 94402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 614
Tulane Montessori Children's House
315 Tulane Rd
ZIP: 94402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Alpha Beacon Christian School
2025 Kehoe Ave
ZIP: 94403
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 99
Grace Lutheran School
2825 Alameda De Las Pulgas
ZIP: 94403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Junipero Serra High School
451 W 20th Ave
ZIP: 94403
Secondary
Total Enrollment 897
Kindercare Learning Centers
1350 Wayne Way
ZIP: 94403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Kubo Montessori
2131 Soutoh Norfolk St
ZIP: 94403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
St Gregory School
2701 Hacienda St
ZIP: 94403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 322
The Carey School
1 Carey School Ln
ZIP: 94403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 235
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