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San Mateo, CA
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Living in San Mateo


San Mateo is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 105,661 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, San Mateo is the 68th largest community in California.

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

San Mateo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Mateo is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Mateo who work in management occupations (16.72%), computer science and math (9.55%), and office and administrative support (9.08%).

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.02% 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 thing noticeable about San Mateo, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because San Mateo is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes San Mateo a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

San Mateo 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.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Mateo, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Mateo is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 56.44% 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 San Mateo in 2018 was $65,319, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $261,276 for a family of four. However, San Mateo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Mateo is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Mateo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Mateo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Mateo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.55% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Mateo include Irish, German, Italian, English, and European.

In addition, San Mateo has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (34.96%).

The most common language spoken in San Mateo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.