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San Mateo, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Mateo had a population of 102,368 as of July 1, 2016. San Mateo ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for San Mateo is located at latitude 37.5603 and longitude -122.3106 in San Mateo County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Mateo (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.13 sq. miles and a water area of 3.75 sq. miles. San Mateo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 46 feet.

The City of San Mateo (GNIS ID: 2411800) 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 San Mateo is located within San Mateo CCD of San Mateo County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with San Mateo 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 San Mateo: San Matheo.

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San Mateo, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 102,368
Population in Households 101,041
Population in Familes 77,441
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,327
Population Density1 8,440
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 39,757
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 24,418
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 41,622 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,054 (48.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 19,703 (47.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,865 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $791,696
Average Home Value $823,199


Median Household Income $90,364
Average Household Income $125,748
Per Capita Income $49,346
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.83% 1.06%
Households 0.63% 0.93%
Families 0.65% 0.95%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
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.

San Mateo, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Mateo 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 # 71 95th
Population Density1 # 91 94th
Diversity Index2 # 409 73rd
Median Household Income # 211 86th
Per Capita Income # 188 88th

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