San Carlos

Population: 29,596Median home value: $1,107,600 82 Ranks better than 96% of areas
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A+ San Carlos Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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F San Carlos Cost of Living Cost of living is 68% higher than California
San Carlos
232132% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Carlos cost of living
A San Carlos Crime Total crime is 57% lower than California
Total crime
1,27354% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7954% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
San Carlos crime
A San Carlos Employment Household income is 112% higher than California
Median household income
$135,220144% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$69,738134% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
San Carlos employment
C- San Carlos Housing Home value is 171% higher than California
Median home value
$1,107,600500% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,84995% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
San Carlos real estate or San Carlos rentals
A+ San Carlos Schools HS graduation rate is 21% higher than California
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
72%46% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
San Carlos K-12 schools

Living in San Carlos, CA

San Carlos is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 29,596 residents. San Carlos has a population density of 5,368 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 78% of San Carlos residents are White, 13% Asian and 1% Black. 85% of the people in San Carlos (over the age of 15) are married and 53% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in San Carlos can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in San Carlos and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

San Carlos has a livability score of 82/100 and is ranked #39 in California and #1,022 in the USA. This is a phenomenal score, as San Carlos ranks well in multiple categories! San Carlos also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that San Carlos has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (A). San Carlos does not do well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., San Carlos has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

The average school test scores in San Carlos are 72%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in San Carlos is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in San Carlos come in at $1,107,600, which is 170.6% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Carlos, the home price to income ratio is 8.2, which is 28.1% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the San Carlos area were 9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 12.5%.

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Compare San Carlos, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around San Carlos, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto837.93,564
Midtown, Palo Alto838.810,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto839.82,410
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto829.52,403
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crescent Park, Palo Alto817.13,831
Duveneck-Saint Francis, Palo Alto818.13,530
Professorville, Palo Alto807.3811
Charleston Gardens, Palo Alto8010.3953

Best Cities Near San Carlos, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Altos, CA8612.830,238
Lafayette, CA8528.525,381
Mill Valley, CA8532.214,318
Hillsborough, CA846.611,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Gatos, CA8425.130,491
Cupertino, CA8417.260,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8431.96,190
Los Altos Hills, CA8411.38,376

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San Carlos is a small town - but it’s a nice one. There isn’t much going on when it comes to nightlife, which is why you’d need to head into San Francisco if you wanted anything to do with that (and there is TONS to do in San Francisco at night!), but San Carlos isn’t really for nightlife. San Carlos is for families and those who want to live outside of the city while still being able to have an easy commute.

One of the things that I really love is the farmer’s market. There’s a good sized market and there’s some excellent booths and foods there! Peter’s Kettle Corn is so good, but go early because you won’t be able to get any after just a few hours! There are special events held around the city for kids and there’s a large library section that’s filled with children’s books and toys. The Caltrain station makes it really easy to commute as well.
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Source: The San Carlos, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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