San Carlos 84 Exceptional
San Carlos Livability #20 ranked city in California#1,206 ranked city in the USARanks better than 95% of areas
A+ San Carlos Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Carlos Cost of Living Cost of living is 67% higher than California
San Carlos
233133% more expensive than the US average
14040% 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
1,11552% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9052% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%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
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
San Carlos K-12 schools
A+ San Carlos User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in San Carlos
Overall user rating
91% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
100% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
89% 9 total surveys
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      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%.

      San Carlos transportation information

      StatisticSan CarlosCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute28min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.5%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.8%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The San Carlos, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).