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Foster City, CA
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Living in Foster City


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 33,805 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Foster City is the 234th 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 93.98% 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 computer science and math (20.23%), management occupations (18.62%), and business and financial occupations (10.55%).

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.

Of important note, Foster City is also a city of artists. Foster City has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Foster City’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.56% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Foster City is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Foster City is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Foster City, the average commute to work is 33.21 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Foster City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Foster City, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Foster City is a pretty powerful place. 71.35% of the adults in Foster City have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Foster City in 2018 was $74,554, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $298,216 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foster City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 47.93%.

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