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San Mateo, CA
12. San Mateo, CA
Among the most diverse cities in Silicon Valley, with a 43 percent minority population, San Mateo contains a rich assortment of historic buildings, parks and restaurants. Technology and finance companies anchor the economy in San Mateo, which is home to Franklin Templeton Investments and GoPro. Sustainability efforts are a priority for city leaders, and many residents use local buses and a commuter rail service to get to work. See where San Mateo ranked on our Top 100 Best Places to Live 2015 list.