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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B+
San Carlos is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 29,954. San Carlos is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Carlos offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In San Carlos there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in San Carlos and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in San Carlos are highly rated.
About San Carlos...
Population
29,954

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,240,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,043
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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San Carlos 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
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
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in San Carlos

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$152,521
National
$55,322
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San Carlos Reviews

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Equidistant from SF, South and East Bays opening up a lot more job options compared to the rest of the bay, Beautiful downtown with wide range of restaurants. Johnston's Saltbox, Pazzo, Cusinett, My Breakfast House, Susie Cakes, Boba guys, Red Hot Chilli Pepper are some of my favorites!

Extremely safe, residential neighborhoods with great schools. White Oaks Elementary and Central Middle School both have 10/10 ratings.

Strong community feel. Neighbors are super friendly and helpful. Charming homes with distinctive styles. Trader Joe's, Lucky (supermarket), Home Depot, Tesla Supercharger are all close by. Many local book stores with lots of weekend activities for kids. Sunday farmers' market is something to look forward too.
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We scouted for homes in pretty much every neighborhood from SF to Cupertino before deciding on this one. While South Bay was too far for my spouse working in the city, anywhere further up from SC would have been too far from Cupertino, where I work. Traveling to Sunnyvale or Cupertino is reverse traffic making the drive easier. Short drive to Milbrae and take BART after or take Caltrain to SF.

From bars to restaurants to book stores to Boba guys, the charming downtown has everything we need.

The area is full of trees. While South bay tends to get super hot and SF tends to get cold and windy, SC and RWC have great weather all through the year. San Carlos additionally has great schools with 10/10 ratings which is a huge plus. The youth center, Nextdoor community for the area are super helpful and active.

Real estate is expensive, but historical data shows a plateau in home prices during housing market crash while homes in other neighborhoods show a dip.
San Carlos is okay. We moved here from the East Bay just short of one year ago to work at a nearby university. I miss the East Bay (and before that Marin and before that San Francisco). It's good for small children, but it seems a bit small-townish for our growing kiddos and a bit dull. The schools are good, not stellar. The nearby high schools in the town or Belmont definitely have issues. It's halfway between San Jose and SF, so on paper that's a plus...just try to scoot around the traffic. Lamorinda, Danville, Berkeley, event parts of Oakland and all of Piedmont are better places to live, IMO. And the houses are Brady-Bunch-cute updated but the housing bubble will burst soon and they will come down to a more affordable price point. That will make the town even more attractive!