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    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Redwood City is a town in California with a population of 82,595. Redwood City is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Redwood City offers residents a suburban 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
82,595

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$924,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,807
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    105
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    66
    41
  • Robbery
    71
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    205
    500
  • Theft
    1,219
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    185
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$90,461
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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Redwood has changed, for the worse. If you have children, DO NOT SEND THEM TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. The kids are either privileged and entitled (roy cloud, northstar ect) or low lifes that sell drugs on campus and are gang affiliated (roosevelt, kennedy, mckinley ect). For the high price in real estate, it's not worth it if you're famly. Move to Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park ect, if you want to live in a safe good neighborhood. Heavy traffic do to the flow of tech workers. Since the city wants to build as many skyrise buildings for companies, they lack parking. Unless you're a hipster tech worker with a startup, you can find a job for minimum wage. a lot of gangbanging, especially downtown and even residential neighborhoods. A lot of the kids will steal, fight and even sell drugs during school. Redwood city is also closing many schools so you can expect overcrowding and bad teachers. Overall, don't move here, it's not worth it. And if you are still here, get out while you can.
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I have lived in Redwood City all of my life. I'm 18 and the local public schools. Redwood City is positioned conveniently between two major airports, SFO and SJC.

Public transportation is good as CalTrain runs right through the city. We are also bordered by Highways 101 and 280 with easy access to San Jose, San Francisco and even the East Bay.

Traffic on the peninsula is often congested, so you need to plan your routes and times.

There's plenty of wholesome activities including the Marine Science Center, many parks, and expansive walking trails.

The city hosts many events downtown and has a beautiful theater district. Dining is great and there are many grocery stores to choose from.

I'm glad I grew up here!
I am born and raised here and it is clear that it is no longer for us. The city has been bought by the "tech business" resulting in ridiculous prices for what you get. High rise apartment buildings are being erected on tiny 2 lane streets with stop signs instead of traffic lights. This cities infrastructure was made to accommodate 50,000 and now we're approaching 80,000. Families are leaving in droves and selling their homes to foreign investors for cash. Violent crime and gang crime are down, while property crime is way up. To add to this we are in the heart of "silicon valley" and have pitiful internet service. If you're single and want to live in an apartment for the rest of your days here, great. If you're from here and/or aren't into all this high tech stuff, I'll see you in the valley, where the Association of Bay Area Governments wants us.