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
$778,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,756
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    183
    273
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    11
    41
  • Robbery
    59
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    696
    525
  • Theft
    1,068
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    197
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$90,208
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    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.
San Mateo's location in the Bay Area is ideal for commuting to the many job opportunities in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and beyond. Easy access to all major freeways and to public transportation make this city a commuter's dream. San Mateo also has a huge variety of restaurants, healthcare professionals, retail stores, and other services.