Redwood City, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Redwood City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Redwood City had a population of 83,954 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 83,954
Population in Households 82,485
Population in Familes 65,382
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,469
Population Density2 4,316
Diversity Index3 82


Median Household Income $87,945
Average Household Income $127,911
Per Capita Income $47,130


Total Housing Units 31,884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,029 (47.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,681 (49.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,174 ( 3.7%)
Median Home Value $966,413
Average Home Value $1,043,841


Total Households 30,710
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 19,850
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.08% 0.78%
Households 1.14% 0.8%
Families 1.03% 0.71%
Median Household Income   3.21%
Per Capita Income   3.2%

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, 2018 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 # 102 93rd
Population Density # 290 81st
Diversity Index # 286 81st
Median Household Income # 312 79th
Per Capita Income # 300 80th

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