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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
San Carlos is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 30,080. 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
30,080

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,502,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,182
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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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
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    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
$169,640
National
$55,322
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San Carlos Reviews

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San Carlos is blessed with great weather throughout the year. All of North, South and Easy bay are easily accessible making our daily commute very easy. The neighborhood has quaint downtown full of restaurants with excellent food and ambience. Even the new apartments being built by the Laurel street and the Caltrain station are aesthetically pleasing. SC is full of Redwood and other large trees. Edgewood park is close by and great for hikes and picnics. Trader Joe's, Lucky, Home depot, TJ Max, etc are close by. Access to highly rated schools, downtown book shops, SC Youth center makes it perfect for kids too!
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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.
An average place, with average people. It's definitely Brady Bunch suburbia. I am moving out, back to Marin County. The truth is, to afford a mediocre lifestyle, you have to work all of the time. The homes are overpriced with often agro neighbors, who I suspect believe they're getting the short end of the stick. The schools are ok, but our now high schoolers prefer the Marin schools. Lots of petty theft and road raging going on (think: rat race). Mostly "middle class" or working class, which is great, but their is a vibe of bitterness.