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Redwood City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Redwood City had a population of 82,966 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 82,966
Daytime Population: Workers 59,604
Daytime Population: Residents 38,535
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 98,139
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.18
Population in Households 81,465
Population in Familes 64,249
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,501
Population Density2 4,265
Diversity Index3 82


Median Household Income $85,166
Average Household Income $124,689
Per Capita Income $45,600


Total Housing Units 31,169 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,655 (47.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,439 (49.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,075 ( 3.4%)
Median Home Value $895,892
Average Home Value $898,233


Total Households 30,094
Average Household Size 2.71
Family Households 19,601
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.07% 0.92%
Households 1.02% 0.89%
Families 1.0% 0.84%
Median Household Income   2.47%
Per Capita Income   2.47%

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, 2017 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 # 103 93rd
Population Density # 292 81st
Diversity Index # 285 81st
Median Household Income # 290 81st
Per Capita Income # 287 81st

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