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San Mateo Demographics

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San Mateo Demographics

With 98,000 people living in the city, San Mateo demographics can show you a lot about the population and quality of life in the area. The San Mateo, California population has continued to grow every year since its incorporation in 1894, and it will continue to grow thanks to its great location and high quality of life. In the past 10 years, the city had a 5 percent total growth, while California grew by 10 percent. San Mateo, CA statistics regarding race are as follows:

• White—47%
• Hispanic—27%
• Asian—19%
• African American—<3%
• Other—2%

While whites make up the largest racial group in the city, San Mateo remains rather diverse, a characteristic of the entire Bay Area. This is supported by the large number of foreign-born residents in the city. Accounting for 34 percent of the city, San Mateo’s foreign-born population is a larger percentage than that of the state, which is 27 percent of the population. Of this population in San Mateo, 43 percent are from Asia.

The median age of San Mateo is 39 years old, which has increased in the past 10 years from 38. The state median age is 35 years old. Those 65 and older make up 14 percent of the total population, which is larger than the state’s 11 percent. This means that San Mateo is a slightly older city than California’s average. This may be because the city tends to attract more educated people.

The education of San Mateo residents is higher than in the state. While 20 percent of California’s population has not completed high school, a mere 11 percent in San Mateo can say the same. In addition, 43 percent of the city’s population holds at least a bachelor’s degree. California as a state can only claim that 30 percent of its population has a bachelor’s degree or higher.  

A population with a high education level leads to a more affluent community and to a higher quality of life overall, which is true for San Mateo. The median income in the city is at $82,000, which is 35 percent more than California’s median income at $60,000. This helps many San Mateo residents realize their dreams of owning a house. Just about half of the homes in San Mateo are occupied by their owners, while a little less than half are occupied by renters.

With a household average of slightly more than 3 people per household, San Mateo beats the state average. In addition, roughly three out of every 10 households in San Mateo have children under the age of 18, and nearly half of these households are headed by married partners of the opposite sex, while about 10 percent of the children in San Mateo live with their mother only. San Mateo also has homes where both opposite-sex and same-sex partners live together, according to the Census Bureau.

With a diverse range of incomes, races, cultures and household types, San Mateo is a great place to live. Embodying the same cultural diversity and educational emphasis that makes the Bay Area so colorful and popular, this city is an ideal location for those who wish to access all the area has to offer.