San Mateo

San Mateo is the heart and soul of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Welcome to San Mateo

Abundant natural beauty and an electrifying downtown district characterize the county seat of San Mateo


San Mateo is the heart and soul of the San Francisco Peninsula. Once inhabited by Ohlone Indians before Spanish explorers discovered it in the 18th century, the vibrant city offers the best of two worlds: The serenity and open spaces of the suburbs and an unquestionably lively, metropolitan ambiance.

San Mateo is coveted for countless reasons, but chief among them is its dynamic personality, seamless melding with nature, and fantastic weather. It’s located just south of San Francisco, but it’s far enough away to escape some of “the city’s” notorious fog. As such, residents here enjoy plenty of time outside — playing in parks, hiking, mountain biking on nearby trails, and golfing at San Mateo’s pristine and distinguished private country club.

What to Love

 
  • Ideally situated near Silicon Valley’s leading technology hubs
  • Prime San Mateo, CA real estate and homes for sale in the area
  • Proximity to Stanford University and Daly City
  • Brimming with excellent bars, restaurants, and retailers

Local Lifestyle - Living in San Mateo, CA


A huge part of San Mateo’s allure is that it attracts a wide range of residents. Whether you’re a parent with young children, a retiree who enjoys being part of a lively community, a single professional, or an artist who thrives around outstanding views of natural landscapes, you’re certain to be pleased by the hospitality you’ll find in this friendly city. Chances are solid you’ll run into your neighbors downtown or savor time outside in one of San Mateo’s spacious, well-kept parks.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment in San Mateo


The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for its fabulous cuisine. San Mateo is no exception, and people from around the Peninsula and city flock to the town for its culinary offerings.
All Spice is one of the most popular. For a good reason, too: the chic, cheerful spot features some of the most delectable Indian fare in Northern California. Truffle-chili shrimp mousse with fennels, apples, saffron rouille, lentil-topped paneer, and mint chocolate budino with cardamom milk are just three of the dishes you’ll find on their stellar menu. 

Cravings for perfectly-cooked, dry-aged steaks and melt-in-your-mouth seafood are amply satisfied at Porterhouse. The modern interior of the trendy Pausa Bar & Cookery sets the stage for superb Italian dishes and inventive craft cocktails. Here, you can kick off your night with porchetta with rosemary, thyme, and sage, split an artisan pizza with sweet Calabrese salami, and conclude your evening with a slice of pistachio cake with white chocolate creme fraiche.

Shopping in Downtown San Mateo is just as exciting. Independent boutiques and well-known retailers line its streets, where you’ll also find small businesses, gyms and studios, jewelry stores, and coffee houses.

Things to Do in San Mateo


Neither boredom nor monotony is an option for San Mateo: Activities ranging from serene to exhilarating are available. That said, it’s safe to say that many of your activities – at least those enjoyed under the sun – will likely be had at the town’s legendary
San Mateo Central Park. The 16-acre expanse of land boasts several ways to have a blast, from playing baseball on its fields to twirling around its ice skating rink in the winter. You’ll also find the San Mateo Arboretum here, which features a gorgeous rose garden and a copse of heritage trees.

Several of the Bay Area’s most thrilling outdoor adventures are also accessible to San Mateo residents. To wit: Seal Point Park, a glorious area ideal for windsurfing, and Laurelwood Park, a 225-acre expanse of untouched land filled with first-rate trails.

Schools


Children who reside in San Mateo may have the opportunity to attend one of several well-regarded schools, such as:
 
 

Overview for San Mateo, CA

112,215 people live in San Mateo, where the median age is 40.3 and the average individual income is $68,500.49. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

112,215

Total Population

40.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$68,500.49

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for San Mateo, CA

San Mateo has 42,076 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Mateo do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 112,215 people call San Mateo home. The population density is 7,079.76 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

112,215

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

40.3

Median Age

49.87 / 50.13%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
42,076

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$68,500.49

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in San Mateo, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Mateo. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Bay Meadows Kindercare
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
George Hall Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
College Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
North Shoreview Montessori
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Beresford Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Centennial Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Fiesta Gardens International Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
San Mateo Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Compass High School
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Pacific Rim Int'l School
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
St Matthew Catholic School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Meadow Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Junipero Serra High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Tulane Montessori Children's House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
St Matthew's Episcopal Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
2nd - 12th
No rating available

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