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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Housing
    C-
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    B+
  7. Weather
    A+
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B
San Mateo County is located in California with a population of 765,935. San Mateo County is one of the best places to live in California. In San Mateo County, most residents own their homes. In San Mateo County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in San Mateo County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in San Mateo County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$994,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,158
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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San Mateo County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    131.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    75.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    335.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,329.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    190.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in San Mateo County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$113,776
National
$55,322

San Mateo County Reviews

75 reviews
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The San Mateo county is very calm and family-friendly. This county has everything you need. The schools are very diverse and very good in terms of education and programs. The housing is quite expensive; though the opportunities are limitless. What I love about San Mateo County is the diversity; you see a lot of different ethnicities, and you can definitely learn about a lot of cultures through the people who live in this County. The weather is extremely nice; it's not too hot and it's not too cold. Everything is near and very accessible so the location is great and the way the cities were planned.
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I have lived in the Bay Area for about 19 years and it has its up's and down's. The Bay Area is a very expensive place to live and can be hard for many families and students to live around here. In addition, depending on your neighborhood, can be less safe than others. But, our public schools are some of the best. Our students are continually striving for a better education, and offering education for not only kids, but adults as well. Our community strives on having diverse and fun events and will hold many events downtown and other campus to highlight the diverse community that we are.
I've lived in the county my entire life and there are definitely highs and lows. The law enforcement here is great and it's pretty easy to get around. San Mateo County is a great place to live, its just really expensive!