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san mateo county

california

OVERVIEW

AVG DAYS ON MARKET

20

MEDIAN PRICE

$1,522,500

Memorial Park in Woodside.

Palo Alto Hills overlooking the peninsula.

San Mateo County, or, officially, the County of San Mateo, straddles the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Santa Cruz Mountains running its entire western length. The northern and north-east parts of the county are very heavy densely populated with largely urban and suburban areas, with many of its cities as edge-cities for the Bay Area, whilst the deep south and the west central parts of the county are less densely populated with more rural environment and coastal beach areas.

As of the 2010 census, San Mateo County had a population of 718,451, with 258,648 households, and 174,582 families residing throughout. About 30% of these families had children. The population density was 2,753/sq mi. The county seat is Redwood City. San Mateo County is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Statistical AreaSilicon Valley, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area, the nine counties bordering San Francisco Bay. It covers most of the San Francisco Peninsula

Many cities within the county are considered some of the most-expensive, most-exclusive, and most-desirable communities in the world.

San Francisco International Airport is located at the northern end of the county. The county's built-up areas are mostly suburban with some areas being very urban, and are home to several corporate campuses.

 

The county has a total area of 741 square miles, of which 448 square miles is land and 293 square miles (40%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in California by land area.

The county encompasses a variety of habitats including estuarine, marine, oak woodland, redwood forest, coastal scrub and oak savannah. There are numerous species of wildlife present, especially along the San Francisco Bay estuarine shoreline, San Bruno MountainFitzgerald Marine Reserve and the forests on the Montara Mountain block.

Since 2012, San Mateo County has been the top wage-earning county in the country. The average weekly wage is $3,240, which is equivalent to $168,000 per year, more than 50% higher than the next highest county, New York County, which came in at $2,107 a week, or roughly $110,000 a year.

Woodside Redwoods

Pacifica coastside

The Santa Cruz Mountains

The County is responsible for some 93,000 students across across 33 schools in six districts. Most districts routinely have schools found on national top-ten lists for the quality of their education available in public systems.

Crystal Springs Upland Private School was recently ranked 8th in the nation, Stanford Online High was ranked 5th, and Castilleja  of Palo Alto was ranked 14th.

Some students in San Mateo County's public schools attend outdoor education in La Honda. San Mateo Outdoor Education is a residential school that teaches major concepts of ecology via exploration of forest, pond, garden, tidepoolwetland, and sandy shore habitats.

Junipero Serra High School in Belmont

The Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City, marking the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy Aquaduct into the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

The County of San Mateo Parks Department operates an extensive system of 22 parks, trails, and historic sites spread throughout the county.

The county encompasses a variety of habitats including estuarine, marine, oak woodland, redwood forest, coastal scrub and oak savannah. There are numerous species of wildlife present, especially along the San Francisco Bay estuarine shoreline, San Bruno MountainFitzgerald Marine Reserve and the forests on the Montara Mountain block. These include deer, elephant seals, killer whales, great white sharks, mountain lions, california condors and golden eagles.

 

Several creeks discharge to the San Francisco Bay including San Mateo Creek and Laurel Creek and several coastal streams discharge to the Pacific Ocean such as Frenchmans Creek and San Vicente Creek.

Año Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area and Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area are two adjoining marine protected areas off the coast of San Mateo County. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.

A young mountain lion in San Carlos.

A humpback whale breaching off the coast of Pacifica.

A killer whale breaches off the coast of Half Moon Bay.

recreation

Hiking

Camping

Boating

Surfing

Incorporated Cities

communities

Atherton

Brisbane

Colma

East Palo Alto

Half Moon Bay

Menlo Park

Pacifica

Redwood City

San Carlos

South San Francisco

Belmont

Burlingame

Daly City

Foster City

Hillsborough

Millbrae

Portola Valley

San Bruno

San Mateo

Woodside

Census-Designated Places

Broadmoor

El Granada

Emerald Lake Hills

Highlands-Baywood Park

Ladera

La Honda

Loma Mar

Montara

Moss Beach

North Fair Oaks

Pescadero

West Menlo Park

Unincorporated Cities

Burlingame Hills

Devonshire

Kings Mountain
Los Trancos Woods

Menlo Oaks

Palomar Park

Princeton-by-the-Sea

San Gregorio

Sky Londa

famous for...

Some of the most expensive real estate in the world.

Top public schools in the country.

Redwood forests.

Surf spots.

Rural zip codes in the middle of Silicon Valley.

you'll love it here if you...

Work in San Francisco or Silicon Valley but don't want to live in the city.

Love to hike & explore nature.

Prefer more temperate climates and foggy skies.

Have children.

MILITARY

Coast Guard Island to the east.

Travis AFB to the northeast.

Camp Parks to the east.

TRANSPORTATION

San Francisco International Airport

San Carlos Airport

Half Moon Bay Airport

San Mateo Harbor District

CalTrain

BART

SamTrans

5 largest employers

Kaiser Permanente

Sony

Facebook

Genentech

Visa

upper education

Cañada College

College of San Mateo

Menlo College

Notre Dame de Namur

Draper University

Fuller NorCal

St. Patrick’s Seminary

Skyline College

tourist attractions

Filoli

Hiller Aviation Museum

SMC History Museum

Coyote Point Museum

Wyatt Earp’s grave

CuriOdyssey

Pulgas Water Temple

state & national parks

County Parks

Coal Creek

Coyote Point

Devil’s Slide

Fitzgerald

Friendship

Junípero Serra

La Honda Creek

Mirada Surf

Pescadero Creek

Quarry

San Bruno Mt.

Sanchez Adobe

Woodside Store

Crystal Springs

Edgewood

Flood

Huddart

Memorial

Moss Beach

Pillar Point

Sam McDonald

San Pedro Valley

Tunitas Creek Beach

Wunderlich

Los Trancos

Mid-Pen Open Space District

Long Ridge

Pulgas Ridge

Ravenswood

Russian Ridge

Purisima Creek Redwoods

El Corte de Madera Creek

Skyline Ridge

Teague Hill

Thornewood

Windy Hill

State Parks

Portola Redwoods

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

Pigeon Point Light Station

Point Montara Light Station

San Bruno Mountain

Año Nuevo

Butano

Castle Rock

Heritage Grove

Quarry Park

State Beaches

Año Nuevo

Bean Hollow

Big Basin

Gray Whale Cove

Half Moon Bay

Montara

Pacifica

Pebble Beach

Pescadero

Pomponio

San Gregorio

Thornton

National Wildlife Preserves

Don Edwards SF Bay Nat’l Wildlife

Golden Gate Nat’l Recreation Area

Montara State Marine Reserve

Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area

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