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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 33,784. 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
33,784

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,153,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$3,002
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
    60.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    23.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    182
    500.1
  • Theft
    984.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    60.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 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
    7%
    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
$152,446
National
$55,322
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Foster City Reviews

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Very peaceful community... until rush hour! Squeezed into a corner between highways 92 and 101, Foster City turns from a quiet suburb to a noise city parking lot. Besides that a cute family town with great resources and beautiful homes.
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Living in the Bay Area I am used to traffic, dirty streets, and noise. People tend to be in a hurry. Foster city is a little hidden unnoticeable gem. I say its unnoticeable because it is so quiet and peaceful that nobody cares to explore a boring noiseless city. Unfortunately many don't know It has beautiful parks with well taken care of clean streets. You typically see people taking walks around the block because of the harmonious ambience. You get a sense of safety and friendliness.
Though Foster City may be small, it is a city full of excitement and opportunity. Recent construction has occurred, but the city still remains a great residential area. There are lots of plazas and nearby places for food or fun. It is near water and you can get to many places due to the proximity to 101, 92, etc. The Hillsdale mall is a great place and the Caltrain is great for traveling to work or school. I believe the schools could use a bit of work as the elementary class size has increased from 20 to 30 students since I attended and the middle schools haven't had any new changes recently. Night life is what you make of it, but don't expect it to be like Boston or SF. Overall, a great place to live.