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Located in the state of California, San Mateo is a moderately-sized city with a population of 102,224 residents. San Mateo has a population density of 8,428 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of San Mateo identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 22% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 77% of the population considered married and 55% with kids under the age of 18, San Mateo could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in San Mateo could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around San Mateo, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, education, employment and more.

San Mateo has a livability score of 75 out of 100 and is ranked #193 in California and #4,756 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, San Mateo ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that San Mateo has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (B+) and employment (B+). San Mateo does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

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 Mateo is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in San Mateo come in at $850,200, which is 107.7% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Mateo, the home price to income ratio is 8.9, which is 39.1% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in San Mateo will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In San Mateo, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 14.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 14%.

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Compare San Mateo, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around San Mateo, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto8413.23,564
Midtown, Palo Alto8314.110,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto8315.22,410
Crescent Park, Palo Alto8212.33,831
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto8214.72,403
Duveneck-Saint Francis, Palo Alto8113.33,530
Professorville, Palo Alto8112.6811
Charleston Gardens, Palo Alto8015.6953

Best Cities Near San Mateo, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8934.6228
Los Altos, CA8618.330,238
Mill Valley, CA8526.914,318
Palo Alto, CA851366,649
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cupertino, CA8422.760,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8429.66,190
Hillsborough, CA841.611,312
Lafayette, CA8425.725,381

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Source: The Baywood-Aragon, San Mateo, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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