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 32,517 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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 20.63% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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.

One downside of living in Foster City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.49 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Foster City, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Foster City is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 70.19% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Foster City in 2018 was $80,545, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $322,180 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 Iranian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Foster City's cultural character, accounting for 48.17% of the city’s population.

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