Redwood City, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Redwood City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Redwood City had a population of 81,551 as of July 1, 2016. Redwood City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Redwood City is located at latitude 37.5153 and longitude -122.2137 in San Mateo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Redwood City (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.45 sq. miles and a water area of 15.21 sq. miles. San Mateo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Redwood City (GNIS ID: 2410919) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Redwood City is located within San Mateo CCD of San Mateo County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Redwood City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Redwood City: Menzesville, Mezesville, Red Woods City, Redwood.

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Redwood City, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 81,551
Population in Households 80,042
Population in Familes 63,219
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,509
Population Density1 4,192
Diversity Index2 82


Total Households 29,314
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 19,154
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 30,612 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,348 (46.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,967 (48.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,298 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $850,195
Average Home Value $853,518


Median Household Income $82,466
Average Household Income $118,019
Per Capita Income $42,840
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.96% 1.12%
Households 0.76% 1.0%
Families 0.78% 0.96%
Median Household Income   2.55%
Per Capita Income   1.46%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Redwood City, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Redwood City to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 104 93rd
Population Density1 # 292 81st
Diversity Index2 # 288 81st
Median Household Income # 282 81st
Per Capita Income # 287 81st

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