San Mateo 75 Excellent
San Mateo Livability #243 ranked city in California#7,278 ranked city in the USARanks better than 75% of areas
A+ San Mateo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Mateo Cost of Living Cost of living is 46% higher than California
San Mateo
204104% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Mateo cost of living
C+ San Mateo Crime Total crime is 5% lower than California
Total crime
2,4514% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 414% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
San Mateo crime
B+ San Mateo Employment Household income is 50% higher than California
Median household income
$95,66773% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,22765% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
San Mateo employment
C+ San Mateo Housing Home value is 108% higher than California
Median home value
$850,200360% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,87197% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
San Mateo real estate or San Mateo rentals
B- San Mateo Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than California
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
San Mateo K-12 schools
B San Mateo User Ratings There are a total of 13 ratings in San Mateo
Overall user rating
73% 13 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
83% 11 total surveys
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      Living in San Mateo, CA

      San Mateo is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 102,224 people. In San Mateo, there are 8,428 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. 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. San Mateo has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 77% of the population is classified as married and 55% have kids.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in San Mateo is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, you can easily compare the best places to live in San Mateo and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare San Mateo to California and the national average.

      Using data and statistics San Mateo has received a livability score of 75/100. This score is ranked in the 83rd percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the United States average, San Mateo ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! There are seven total categories that form the livability score. San Mateo scores well for amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (B+) and employment (B+). There are some categories that San Mateo does not rank well for, including: cost of living (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., San Mateo 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in San Mateo: Coyote Point Recreation Area, CuriOdyssey, and The San Mateo Japanese Garden.

      Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that San Mateo has an unemployment rate of 1.43% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

      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. Real estate appreciation rates in San Mateo are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for San Mateo homes comes in at 14.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 14%.

      San Mateo transportation information

      StatisticSan MateoCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute27min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work69.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit10.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.8%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.8%5.4%4.6%

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