Foster City, CA

Foster City profile

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 33,901 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 93.37% 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 (18.37%), computer science and math (17.77%), and business and financial occupations (10.69%).

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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Foster City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.85 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Foster City is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Foster City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Foster City is a pretty powerful place. 70.26% 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 $70,705, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $282,820 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, Italian, English, and Russian.

In addition, Foster City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (45.05%).

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