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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
San Mateo County is located in California with a population of 763,450. 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
$917,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,973
National
$949
Area Feel
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

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    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
$105,667
National
$55,322

San Mateo County Reviews

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San Mateo is a very safe and diverse community. The public/private schools and local community colleges have great and outstanding academic environments. Your neighbors in any neighborhood will surely be welcoming and friendly. The downtown area is everyone’s to go place, with plenty of of restaurants to try from Latin to Asian fusion and an abundance of Boba places to try. San Mateo couldn’t be any better with the city of San Francisco only being approximately 20 minutes away.
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I have lived in San Mateo my whole life and truly love it. The location, directly between Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco, is excellent, and it's also near the redwoods and the ocean. Many people raise families in San Mateo and it has a very great, nurturing environment for kids. Lots to be involved in. If you can afford to live there. Also, watch out for car and home burglaries. And mountain lions.
I've been living in San Mateo for majority of my life so far. And I've got to say, they've added some things when I was gone for a little bit. The elementary and middle schools have gated fences now for safety and the park that's nearby my home has been renovated into a more modern playground. Because of it, a lot of parents bring their kids there. Currently there is an extension in a shopping mall and so far it's bigger and nicer (jealous for the next generation to be able to experience it more than I have).