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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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-
Half Moon Bay is a town in California with a population of 12,706. Half Moon Bay is in San Mateo County. Living in Half Moon Bay offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Half Moon Bay there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Half Moon Bay and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Half Moon Bay are highly rated.
About Half Moon Bay...
Population
12,706

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$917,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,140
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Half Moon Bay Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Half Moon Bay

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$122,691
National
$55,322
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Half Moon Bay Reviews

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Blessed to grow up and live here. Half Moon Bay is a small town which means low crime and a kind community. It's also only 30-40 minutes from larger cities like San Mateo and San Francisco in case you need something that the stores in Half Moon Bay don't have. The combination of rolling hills/mountains and the Pacific Ocean coastline makes for over the top views on hikes and an extremely diverse bird population. There are beautiful backroads here and top notch farms. People give you a smile and a wave as you pass them walking down the street, all part of the beautiful community here. Locals are the best people ever as long as you don't drive below the speed limit on Highway 1!
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Half Moon Bay is a beautiful beachside town. However, it has become a bit of a tourist trap. Traffic can be horrendous on weekends, and local shops all close around 5pm. If you need to run out for something at night, it'll have to be from Safeway or CVS. That being said, the scenery is gorgeous and the people are very friendly. It's nice for a day trip or a little getaway.
Small town atmosphere where everyone knows and looks out for each other YET close to all the Bay Area has to offer in culture. By the ocean with wild shores , outstanding airport for small planes though jet could land if necessary, the organic farms are farm to table with MANY great restaurants.

Great family area.......