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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+
Foster City is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 33,529. Foster City is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Foster City offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Foster City there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Foster City and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Foster City are highly rated.
About Foster City...
Population
33,529

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,051,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,763
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Foster City 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
    68.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    17.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    168.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    857.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    35%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Foster City

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$136,383
National
$55,322
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Foster City Reviews

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Foster city gives you a very peaceful and safe vibe. May seem far from other cities, but it's actually not. It's close enough to any freeway entrance and accessible to many shops and restaurants. The only complain I would have is maybe a bit of traffic during rush hours on the 92, but it's nothing you can't deal with. I think moving to Foster city was a great idea especially if you have a family and don't like too much noise! I would definitely recommend Foster city.
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I've lived in Foster City since I was eleven years old, and it has been a wonderful community to grow up in. The public schools are fantastic and afford a great opportunity to receive a great education. Foster City has little to no crime, so much so that you could practically leave your garage open and your doors unlocked. It's a great place to raise a family with so many parks and activities to do. However, I wouldn't say it's the perfect place for a young adult. Commuting is a bit difficult up and down the Peninsula, as depending on where you live, it's hard to get out of Foster City. There is also no defined "downtown" and no nightlife. However, besides this, it's a great place to live.
It is a safe, family friendly suburb, and the activities/festivals that are put together at Leo J Ryan Park are a lot of fun for everyone. However, there is only one middle school here, and multiple elementary schools, and no high schools.