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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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San Carlos is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 29,596. San Carlos is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Carlos offers residents an urban 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
29,596

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,107,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,849
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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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
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$135,220
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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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!
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We've lived in San Carlos for 4 years now and love it more each year, especially since starting a family. We love the walkability to restaurants, grocery store, Burton Park, story-time at the Reading Bug, world class live Jazz at Savanna Jazz, great library, and so many family-friendly activities. We love the engaged community feeling here, and the down-to-earth people who live here. It feels charming and close-knit but with lots of things to do. There's even a brewery (Devil's Canyon) and winery in town, with Friday evening food trucks at the brewery. There's also a ton of convenient stuff nearby like a Home Depot, San Carlos Airport, Hiller Aviation Museum, and In-N-Out.
We lived in San Carlos for 5 years, and put both our sons through the schools. Their education was excellent, caring and ushered both boys towards their goals in high school. We loved living here, but it is much too expensive. We were forced out by housing prices that were ridiculous. We loved the social aspects of San Carlos, the wonderful community and the many, many family friendly activities. I wish we still lived there!