San Mateo, CA, City and Education Information

Information about San Mateo

San Mateo is the county seat of San Mateo County and home to more than 102,893 residents, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau figures. San Mateo is a well-off community, with a median household income of $90,087 for 2010-2014.

The city offers a variety of attractions, including the San Mateo Arboretum, the San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden in Central Park, Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Sanchez Adobe, a restored Spanish colonial mission. San Mateo County boasts miles of coastline along both the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The area also offers easy access to the activities and amenities afforded by the bustling city of San Francisco, including sites such as Alcatraz, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Education in San Mateo

San Mateo is home to the College of San Mateo, a community college that offers certificates, apprenticeships and associate's degrees in nearly 40 fields of study. CSM had nearly 9,000 students as of Fall 2014.

Students seeking a 4-year school can find several within a 30-mile radius, including Stanford University, which was ranked the fourth best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other schools within a short commute include San Francisco State University, the University of California - San Francisco and California State University - East Bay.

Economy and Employment

San Mateo is part of San Mateo County, a group of several municipalities on the San Francisco Peninsula that serve as host to multinational companies such as Genentech, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard. Other industries providing employment in San Mateo include professional and related services, retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate, transportation and manufacturing. Top employers in San Mateo include the San Mateo Medical Center, Motif Inc., and Franklin Resources Inc.

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