Foster City

Foster City, named after the real estate magnate T. Jack Foster.

Overview for Foster City, CA

112,215 people live in Foster City, where the median age is 40.3 and the average individual income is $68,500.49. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

112,215

Total Population

40.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$68,500.49

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Foster City, CA

Foster City has 42,076 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Foster City do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 112,215 people call Foster City home. The population density is 7,079.76 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

112,215

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

40.3

Median Age

49.87 / 50.13%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
42,076

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$68,500.49

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Foster City, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Foster City. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Bay Meadows Kindercare
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
George Hall Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
College Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
North Shoreview Montessori
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Beresford Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Centennial Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Fiesta Gardens International Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
San Mateo Park Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Compass High School
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Pacific Rim Int'l School
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
St Matthew Catholic School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Meadow Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Junipero Serra High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Tulane Montessori Children's House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
St Matthew's Episcopal Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
2nd - 12th
No rating available

Around Foster City, CA

There's plenty to do around Foster City, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

82
Very Walkable
Walking Score
91
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
43
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Beurre Pastry Shop, The Inspired Cookie, and Abby Volk Yoga Sukha.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.04 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.81 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 14.52 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 13.49 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 9.18 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 20.55 miles 27 reviews 5/5 stars
Foster City, named after the real estate magnate T. Jack Foster, is one of the first planned communities in the United States. It is unique in the fact that, like Redwood Shores directly to the south, what was once San Francisco Bay marshland became reclaimed land that is now a highly desirable waterfront community. Designed in the 1960s, Foster City was incorporated in 1971 at a time when only fifty planned communities existed in the entire United States. Residential housing sits closest to San Francisco Bay, and this charming city of 31,000 people is located conveniently close to so much that the region has to offer. Like most cities in this part of the Peninsula, Foster City is home to international tech, business, and biotech companies including Visa, Gilead Sciences, Sling Media, and Navigenics. Accessible by the 101 freeway, it is bordered by Belmont and San Mateo. The East Bay is easily accessible from the San Mateo Bridge, and there is a nearby Caltrain stop and local bus service.
 
Being a homeowner in Foster City is as close to island living as possible in the Bay Area! Homes offer water views of the large lagoon, the canals, or the San Francisco Bay, and many homes have boats docked for recreational use. The San Francisco Bay Trail winds along the water through Foster City and gives views of the East Bay, the San Mateo Bridge, and the South Bay. World-class windsurfing is enjoyed in the water off the coast, and you can compete with the Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Club or the Bay Area Dragons Club, “two of the biggest, oldest, and friendliest canoe racing clubs in Northern California.” The city’s annual Polynesian festival showcases the music, arts, and life of native Polynesians, and Foster City will soon open a marina for boat berthing. All these water sports can make one forget the city’s close proximity to all of the wonders and activities of the rest of the San Francisco Peninsula!
 
In 2009, Forbes magazine ranked Foster City one of the top 25 cities in the country in which to “live well”, and Money Magazine consistently ranks Foster City as one of the best places to live, ranking 6th safest city in California in 2017. This city by the Bay is also very family-friendly, with most public schools ranked in the top 90% of California schools. Youth activities are offered at the newly opened Foster City ViBE Teen Center which gives access to computers, a kitchen, basketball courts, and a skatepark. There are many local events to enjoy with the family that also highlights Foster City’s cultural diversity. Attend a local play at the community theater, or enjoy a summer concert at the public amphitheater. Throw colored powder on your friends and family at the traditional Indian festival of Holi, and City FEST brings 20 carnival rides, game booths, local vendors, and food trucks to the city each year. One family’s trash is another family’s treasure! Sell your outgrown clothes and buy a new wardrobe at the city-wide yard sale in July.
 
If you need something that Foster City doesn’t provide, limitless options are just a short drive away in neighboring Silicon Valley communities. So sail away to your private island paradise in unique and desirable Foster City!
 

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