San Carlos

The city of San Carlos takes its name from the first European ship to arrive in the San Francisco Bay.

Overview for San Carlos, CA

35,396 people live in San Carlos, where the median age is 41.6 and the average individual income is $94,178.9. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

35,396

Total Population

41.6 years

Median Age

High

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

$94,178.9

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for San Carlos, CA

San Carlos has 12,922 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Carlos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 35,396 people call San Carlos home. The population density is 4,002.01 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

35,396

Total Population

High

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

41.6

Median Age

47.85 / 52.15%

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
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
12,922

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$94,178.9

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 San Carlos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Carlos. 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
6th - 8th
5/5
San Carlos Charter Learning Center
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
4th - 5th
5/5
Brittan Acres Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
5/5
PUBLIC
4th - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 3rd
No rating available

Around San Carlos, CA

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

46
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
43
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Britt Bakes, Trans Bay Metal Detectors, and NicFit.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.62 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.19 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.58 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.16 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.17 miles 27 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.92 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Inhabited for centuries by the Native American Lamchin tribe before the arrival of the Spanish in November 1769, the city of San Carlos takes its name from the first European ship to arrive in the San Francisco Bay on the day of the Feast of Saint Charles as the King Charles III of Spain sought to consolidate his holdings in “Alta California”. The first non-Spanish settlers to arrive were prospectors from the Sierra Nevada during the 1849 Gold Rush who bought land from wealthy Spanish landowners. Incorporated in 1925, residential and agricultural development accelerated in the 1940s and 1950s with the introduction of electronics plants and the arrival of Varian Technologies (now Agilent Technologies), one of the first high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. San Carlos today has grown into a prosperous community situated between the San Francisco Bay on the east, the Santa Cruz mountains to the west, Belmont to the north, and San Mateo to the south.
 
San Carlos’ motto is “The City of Good Living!”, and it certainly lives up to its moniker! And, since a good life involves good eating, local residents have the opportunity for a great life with an expansive array of dining options. Downtown Laurel Street offers a number of sophisticated options that highlight the city’s rich cultural diversity. American food can be found at Johnston’s Saltbox, traditional Hawaiian food is offered at Noelani’s Island Grill, and Creola Bistro serves cajun-creole food in true Louisiana style. Laurel Street also offers international cuisine including Afghan, Chinese, Peruvian, French, Italian, and Indian, and wine tasting is available from one of more than five local wineries. Getting to and from San Carlos from other Silicon Valley communities and San Francisco is via the 82 and 101 and 280 freeways, and a Caltrain station and local bus service aid in public transportation.
 
Families also benefit from good living in San Carlos! The city’s public elementary schools consistently have high ratings, and high school students typically go on to neighboring Sequoia High School, Carlmont High School, or Woodside High School. Shop locally for the family at the downtown farmer’s market held every Sunday, then explore the Hiller Aviation Museum to learn about the history of flight. The Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park will keep kids of all ages happy (and their parents, too!). Some of the city’s many community events include May’s “Hometown Days”, a weekend of parades, live entertainment, food, and crafts, and the San Carlos Art and Wine Faire is an October tradition. Take time to relax with the family all summer long with music and movies put on by the city in Burton Park, or take a hike at the Pulgas Ridge Reserve at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains, bike along the San Francisco Bay Trail or on routes along Cañada Road.
 
It’s all here in San Carlos– the truly exceptional City of Good Living!
 

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