Foster City, CA
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Foster City is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 33,477 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Foster City is the 240th largest community in California.

Foster City home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Foster City real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Foster City is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Foster City is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Foster City who work in management occupations (18.16%), computer science and math (13.75%), and office and administrative support (11.59%).

Also of interest is that Foster City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Foster City has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

One of the nice things about Foster City is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Foster City use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Foster City‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Foster City. 63.01% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Foster City in 2010 was $55,318, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $221,272 for a family of four.

Foster City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Foster City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Foster City residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Foster City include Irish, English, Russian, and Italian.

In addition, Foster City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (43.07%).

The most common language spoken in Foster City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Russian.