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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 73
Demographics 71
Economy 55
Education 73
Health 73
Housing 53
Infrastructure 55

#29. San Mateo, CA

Situated in a prime spot along San Francisco Bay, San Mateo reflects the economic strength of Silicon Valley while featuring a casual pace of life that attracts many young professionals and families.

Top employers include Franklin Templeton Investments and San Mateo Medical Center, and San Mateo’s economy also revolves around technology and retail. The city’s population has grown by five percent over the past 10 years, and the median household income is north of $80,000.

More than 10,000 students attend College of San Mateo, and volunteerism in the community is high thanks in large part to a city-run Volunteer Source that connects volunteers with organizations, events and programs that need their help.

Find out more about what makes San Mateo a Best Place to Live.

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