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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  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
    A-
Redwood City is a town in California with a population of 84,368. Redwood City is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Redwood City offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Redwood City there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Redwood City and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Redwood City are above average.
About Redwood City...
Population
84,368

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,016,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,956
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Redwood City Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    105.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    66
    40.7
  • Robbery
    70.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    205
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,219.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    185.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Redwood City

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$99,026
National
$55,322
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Growing up and still living in Redwood Shores, one of the more peaceful and beautiful areas of Redwood City, has been one of the great blessings of my life. The town is very family-friendly and safe, making it a popular place to raise children. There are two elementary schools, 5 public parks, and countless gorgeous views of the lagoons and channels that run across our waterfront community. There is also a library, restaurants, grocery store, electronics store, athletic club, and everything you need, all within a very short distance of each other. If you are looking for more action, then just go to the downtown district of Redwood City, which is only about 7 minutes from Redwood Shores. Here there is a movie theater, museums, shopping centers, and free concerts/events at Courthouse Square every night. A truly amazing place to grow up and live in!
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I’ve lived in Redwood City my whole life and I’ve always loved it. It has generally been a medium-sized town throughout my life but has recently been expanding. It has really great schools and a community college nearby to attend, as well as it is a 15 minute drive to Stanford. It is midway from SF and San Jose so it is in a perfect location driving distance to everywhere in the bay. It is voted as the city with the best weather. The only con is that living expenses has skyrocketed so you need to have a lot of money to live here. Also, the city is expanding which sucks because now downtown is filled with apartment complexes that seeing fireworks in downtown gets harder every year with construction. Also, with a lot of new people moving here, there is so many changes to traffic patterns, school systems, etc. It is a good alternative to crowded cities like San Francisco though.
Redwood City is broken up into two parts: Redwood Shores and Redwood City. I've lived in Redwood Shores my entire life (one house for six years, one for eleven and counting) and my experience has been great. It's a very safe neighborhood, and everyone here is very friendly. Redwood City is a much bigger area, and whereas the Shores are more suburban, downtown Redwood City is popping with life almost around the clock. With the Fox Theatre and the Century 20 within walking distance from Pizza My Heart, Five Guys, and many other awesome restaurants, downtown is a social hub for teens, families, and adults of all ages alike. It really is a great place to be.