A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$850,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,871
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    171
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    11
    41
  • Robbery
    42
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    698
    500
  • Theft
    1,139
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    205
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$95,667
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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San Mateo is a beautiful city. If you get the chance to live here, you're not more than 15 minutes away from the closest beach in Half Moon Bay, and not more than a 20 minute drive from San Francisco. The traffic in San Mateo can get busy at times, especially during rush hour, but overall it's manageable and not too claustrophobic. There are a variety of options to grab a bite to eat around here. The only draw back is that it's hard to find a place that's open past 10pm. Regardless of that drawback, people usually make their way down to San Francisco if they want to stay out late, because it's a short drive. The local public and private schools are excellent, and are nationally ranked due to their prestige. Living in San Mateo for the past 7 and a half years, I've always felt safe walking through my neighborhoods, no matter how late I happened to be out. I would recommend this city to anyone who wants to live here, it's a great place to be in.
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San Mateo is perfect location in the peninsula. It is a great diversity community with a lot of active activity to do from senior to family. It is great location for commuter traveling either to San Francisco or to Palo Alto. It offers some the best hole in the wall restaurant. It has change a lot over these past years but, it is only getting better for the community. This location is great for family with awesome school option. The cost of living here is not cheap but, you can find good job opportunities if you don't give up.
I love San Mateo ! There is so much to so here including the mall, parks, shopping centers unique restaurants and the local community college which is great for studnets trying to save money and figure out what career they wish to pursue. The one thing I wish San Mateo was better at is the public transportation. Buses are often late and run behind schedule.