Foster City, California

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Population in 2017: 34,412 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +19.5%
 
Males: 17,161  (49.9%)
Females: 17,251  (50.1%)
Median resident age:

40.7 years
California median age:

36.5 years

Zip codes: 94404.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $150,562 (it was $95,279 in 2000)
Foster City:

$150,562
CA:

$71,805

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $70,504 (it was $45,754 in 2000)

Foster City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: over $1,000,000 (it was $530,200 in 2000)
Foster City:

over $1,000,000
CA:

$509,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: over $1,000,000; detached houses: over $1,000,000; townhouses or other attached units: over $1,000,000; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $663,640; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $849,790

Median gross rent in 2017: $3,163.

March 2019 cost of living index in Foster City: 170.2 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 3.6%
(3.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.5% for Black residents, 9.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.8% for American Indian residents, 7.5% for other race residents, 3.6% for two or more races residents)
  • Races in Foster City, CA (2017)
    • 16,76049.5%Asian alone
    • 13,11038.7%White alone
    • 1,9565.8%Hispanic
    • 1,5964.7%Two or more races
    • 6992.1%Black alone
    • 880.3%American Indian alone
    • 450.1%Other race alone
    • 160.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Foster City detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Foster City, California as of May 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Foster City is 11,135 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Foster City by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
4
(13.8)
2
(6.9)
1
(3.5)
2
(6.9)
1
(3.4)
1
(3.2)
0
(0.0)
2
(6.1)
3
(9.1)
1
(3.0)
10
(29.3)
10
(28.7)
6
(17.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
7
(24.1)
8
(27.6)
5
(17.3)
3
(10.4)
4
(13.7)
2
(6.8)
2
(6.5)
3
(9.6)
3
(9.2)
2
(6.1)
2
(6.0)
5
(14.7)
4
(11.5)
5
(14.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
22
(75.8)
17
(58.6)
15
(51.8)
13
(44.9)
5
(17.2)
21
(71.7)
22
(71.1)
15
(48.0)
10
(30.6)
9
(27.4)
16
(48.0)
17
(49.9)
29
(83.3)
24
(68.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
80
(275.5)
68
(234.4)
65
(224.5)
62
(214.3)
129
(442.9)
103
(351.7)
107
(346.0)
83
(265.8)
69
(211.3)
81
(246.7)
80
(240.1)
60
(176.1)
53
(152.3)
59
(168.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
308
(1,061)
332
(1,144)
375
(1,295)
326
(1,127)
333
(1,143)
273
(932.3)
255
(824.5)
239
(765.3)
216
(661.5)
248
(755.3)
197
(591.4)
261
(765.8)
272
(781.4)
300
(857.3)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
33
(113.6)
37
(127.5)
41
(141.6)
27
(93.3)
33
(113.3)
40
(136.6)
33
(106.7)
23
(73.6)
20
(61.3)
37
(112.7)
25
(75.0)
22
(64.6)
24
(68.9)
17
(48.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
5
(17.2)
2
(6.9)
4
(13.8)
4
(13.8)
6
(20.6)
1
(3.4)
8
(25.9)
1
(3.2)
4
(12.3)
2
(6.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(5.9)
4
(11.5)
3
(8.6)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)93.2110.399.982.498.992.091.067.659.971.166.386.090.581.7

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Foster City, CA

Crime rate in Foster City detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 53 (39 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.11
California average:

1.99
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Ancestries: Russian (2.7%), German (2.5%), Irish (2.2%), Italian (2.1%), European (2.0%), American (2.0%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 3 feet

Land area: 3.76 square miles.

Population density: 9,157 people per square mile   (high).

Foster City, California map

15,281 residents are foreign born (20.5% Asia, 5.2% Europe).

This city:

45.1%
California:

27.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $7,818 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $4,519 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: San Mateo, CA (2.6 miles , pop. 92,482).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fremont, CA (15.6 miles , pop. 203,413).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (324.1 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

San Mateo, CA (1.6 miles ),
Belmont, CA (1.6 miles ),
San Carlos, CA (1.9 miles ),
Highlands-Baywood Park, CA (2.1 miles ),
Hillsborough, CA (2.2 miles ),
Redwood City, CA (2.2 miles ),
Burlingame, CA (2.4 miles ),
Emerald Lake Hills, CA (2.5 miles )

Latitude: 37.55 N, Longitude: 122.27 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,921 (+8.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,846 (16.2%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 650

Distribution of median household income in Foster City, CA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Foster City, CA in 2017

Property values in Foster City, CA

Foster City satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.4%
California:

4.6%
Unemployment by year
Population change in the 1990s: +624 (+2.2%).
Most common industries in Foster City, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (17.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (8.4%)
  • Computer & electronic products (6.9%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Health care (5.7%)
  • Radio, TV, computer stores (3.9%)
  • Construction (3.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (20.0%)
  • Computer & electronic products (8.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.4%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
  • Radio, TV, computer stores (4.9%)
  • Air transportation (3.7%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (3.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (15.2%)
  • Educational services (10.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.8%)
  • Health care (9.3%)
  • Computer & electronic products (4.5%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Foster City, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Computer specialists (12.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Top executives (5.0%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.4%)
  • Engineers (3.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Computer specialists (16.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (9.4%)
  • Top executives (7.6%)
  • Engineers (5.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.8%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (3.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.9%)
  • Computer specialists (6.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Accountants and auditors (4.3%)

Average climate in Foster City, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Foster City, California environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 101. This is worse than average.

City:

101
U.S.:

74
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.421. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.421
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 11.5. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.5
U.S.:

5.6
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.317. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 14.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.317
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 22.0. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 4.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.0
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 11.7. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.7
U.S.:

8.5
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 0.00982. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00982
U.S.:

0.00984

Earthquake activity:

Foster City-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 747% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 50.7 miles away from the city center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1989 at 00:04:15, a magnitude 7.1 (6.5 MB, 7.1 MS, 6.9 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 41.0 miles away from the city center, causing 62 deaths (62 shaking deaths) and 3757 injuries, causing $1,305,032,704 total damage
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 194.9 miles away from Foster City center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 253.6 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 280.2 miles away from Foster City center
On 4/25/1992 at 18:06:04, a magnitude 7.2 (6.3 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.4 mi) earthquake occurred 216.5 miles away from the city center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in San Mateo County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, Landslides: 4, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Earthquake: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Foster City topographic map

Main business address for: EQUINIX INC (TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS (NO RADIO TELEPHONE)), ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING INC (COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT), GILEAD SCIENCES INC (BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS (NO DIAGNOSTIC SUBSTANCES)).

Hospitals and medical centers in Foster City:

  • RCCA - CRANE (724 CRANE AVENUE)
  • FOSTER CITY DIALYSIS CENTER (1261 EAST HILLSDALE BLVD #2)
  • ACCENTCARE HOME HEALTH OF CALIFORNIA, INC (1065 E HILLSDALE BLVD, SUITE 100)

Amtrak stations near Foster City:

  • 8 miles: MILLBRAE (MILLBRAE AVE. & CALIFORNIA DR.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 8 miles: SAN FRANCISCO INT'L AIRPO (SAN BRUNO, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, car rental agency, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 13 miles: HAYWARD (22555 MEEKLAND AVE.) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Foster City:

  • College of San Mateo (about 4 miles; San Mateo, CA; Full-time enrollment: 5,398)
  • Canada College (about 8 miles; Redwood City, CA; FT enrollment: 3,446)
  • Stanford University (about 10 miles; Stanford, CA; FT enrollment: 14,410)
  • Chabot College (about 11 miles; Hayward, CA; FT enrollment: 7,610)
  • Skyline College (about 13 miles; San Bruno, CA; FT enrollment: 5,824)
  • California State University-East Bay (about 14 miles; Hayward, CA; FT enrollment: 12,956)
  • Foothill College (about 16 miles; Los Altos Hills, CA; FT enrollment: 9,635)

Public elementary/middle schools in Foster City:

Private elementary/middle schools in Foster City:

  • KIDS CONNECTION ELEMENTARY (Students: 255, Location: 1998 BEACH PARK BLVD, Grades: PK-5)
  • RONALD C WORNICK JEWISH DAY SCHOOL (Students: 227, Location: 800 FOSTER CITY BLVD, Grades: KG-8)
  • BRIGHT HORIZON CHINESE SCHOOL (Students: 149, Location: 650 SHELL BLVD, Grades: KG-5)
See full list of schools located in Foster City

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Foster City: Foster City City Hall (A), Foster City Branch San Mateo County Library (B), Bayshore Ambulance (C), Foster City Fire Department (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Metro Center Shopping Center (1), Beach Park Plaza Shopping Center (2), Port O'Call Shopping Center (3), Edgewater Place Shopping Center (4), Charter Square Shopping Center (5), Marlin Cove Shopping Center (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Foster City include: EQUINIX INC (A), ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING INC (B), GILEAD SCIENCES INC (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Foster City include: Peninsula Sinai Congregation (A), Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church (B), Island United Church (C), Bayside Community Church (D), Christ the Victor Lutheran Church (E), Saint Lukes Catholic Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Central Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Belmont Slough (A), O'Neill Slough (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Foster City include: Boothbay Park (1), Catamaran Park (2), Farragut Park (3), Ketch Park (4), Marlin Park (5), Port Royal Park (6), Sea Cloud Park (7), Sunfish Park (8), Archurus Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Birthplace of: Jabari Issa - 2005 NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs, born: Apr 18, 1978), Heather Ludloff - Tennis player, Matthew Fondy - Soccer player.

San Mateo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Foster City and their reported violations in the past:

CUTTER SCOUT RESERVATION (Population served: 400, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-10-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-23-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

70.0%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.0%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Foster City in 2010:

  • 57 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 44 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 5 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Foster City in 2000:

  • 67 people in nursing homes
  • 8 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 6 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 3 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

Banks with branches in Foster City (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Foster City Branch at 999 East Hillsdale Boulevard, branch established on 1965/11/15. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Bank of America, National Association: Foster City Branch at 909 East Hillsdale Boulevard, branch established on 1992/11/20. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Foster City Branch at 925 E. Hillsdale Blvd, branch established on 2003/03/17. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Comerica Bank: Foster City Branch at 1031 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Suite G, branch established on 2004/11/08. Info updated 2011/07/29: Bank assets: $60,970.5 mil, Deposits: $48,300.9 mil, headquarters in Dallas, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 497 total offices, Holding Company: Comerica Incorporated
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Foster City Branch at 1098 Shell Boulevard, branch established on 1978/10/25. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Citibank, National Association: Hillsdale Branch at 951 Edgewater Blvd, branch established on 1921/01/01. Info updated 2012/01/10: Bank assets: $1,288,658.0 mil, Deposits: $882,541.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, International Specialization, 1048 total offices, Holding Company: Citigroup Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Foster City:

Marital status in Foster City, CA
  • Never married: 24.9%
  • Now married: 62.4%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 5.1%
  • Divorced: 6.5%

For population 25 years and over in Foster City:

  • High school or higher: 96.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 69.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 34.7%
  • Unemployed: 2.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
California average:

15.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Foster City
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Foster City, CA (based on San Mateo County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic243,63422
Other31,69778
Evangelical Protestant24,771166
Mainline Protestant23,84074
Orthodox5,3505
Black Protestant2,04612
None387,113-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 171
San Mateo County:

2.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 39
Here:

0.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 114
San Mateo County:

1.62 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 703
San Mateo County:

10.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
San Mateo County:

7.1%
State:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

16.9%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
San Mateo County:

18.0%
California:

17.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

56.1%
State:

48.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

53.7%
State:

47.1%

Average BMI:
Foster City:

27.1
State:

28.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Foster City:

16.6%
California:

20.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Foster City:

14.0%
State:

11.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
California:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

29.4%
State:

31.3%

General health condition:
This city:

60.9%
California:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Foster City:

82.3%
State:

80.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Foster City, CA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Parks and Recreation 37$244,440$79,27822$17,116
Police Protection - Officers 37$345,542$112,0680$0
Firefighters 33$362,842$131,9430$0
Other Government Administration 18$154,012$102,67514$15,890
Streets and Highways 12$96,620$96,6201$1,352
Police - Other 12$84,148$84,1481$640
Sewerage 11$74,676$81,4651$854
Financial Administration 11$88,888$96,9690$0
Water Supply 9$56,498$75,3310$0
Fire - Other 2$11,756$70,5361$880
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 182$1,519,422$100,18240$36,732

Foster City government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $1,669,000 ($48.50)
    Housing and Community Development: $417,000 ($12.12)
  • Current Operations - Parks and Recreation: $9,576,000 ($278.28)
    Police Protection: $9,171,000 ($266.51)
    Water Utilities: $8,436,000 ($245.15)
    General - Other: $8,267,000 ($240.24)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,149,000 ($236.81)
    Sewerage: $4,792,000 ($139.25)
    Central Staff Services: $3,574,000 ($103.86)
    Regular Highways: $2,575,000 ($74.83)
    Housing and Community Development: $2,229,000 ($64.77)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,696,000 ($49.29)
    Financial Administration: $737,000 ($21.42)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $340,000 ($9.88)
    Transit Utilities: $201,000 ($5.84)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $594,000 ($17.26)
    Police Protection: $15,000 ($0.44)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,136,000 ($614.20)

Foster City government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $7,509,000 ($218.21)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,082,000 ($31.44)
    Other: $614,000 ($17.84)
    Housing and Community Development: $202,000 ($5.87)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,005,000 ($29.20)
    General Revenue - Other: $247,000 ($7.18)
    Rents: $234,000 ($6.80)
    Fines and Forfeits: $180,000 ($5.23)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $10,346,000 ($300.65)
    Transit Utilities: $108,000 ($3.14)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $876,000 ($25.46)
    General Local Government Support: $866,000 ($25.17)
    Water Utilities: $101,000 ($2.94)
    Other: $48,000 ($1.39)
  • Tax - Property: $29,583,000 ($859.67)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,882,000 ($112.81)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,730,000 ($50.27)
    Other License: $1,591,000 ($46.23)
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,123,000 ($32.63)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $598,000 ($17.38)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $168,000 ($4.88)

Foster City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $13,297,000 ($386.41)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $49,040,000 ($1425.08)

6.90% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($153,556 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.90%
California average:

5.03%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,088 average AGI)
San Mateo County:

0.07%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from San Francisco County, CA  1.54% ($139,745 average AGI)
from Santa Clara County, CA  1.32% ($219,350)
from Alameda County, CA  0.61% ($99,304)


7.51% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($143,515 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.51%
California average:

5.21%

0.12% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,865 average AGI)
San Mateo County:

0.12%
California average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to San Francisco County, CA  1.20% ($169,587 average AGI)
to Santa Clara County, CA  1.10% ($154,202)
to Alameda County, CA  1.04% ($98,442)
Businesses in Foster City, CA
NameCountNameCount
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill1Jamba Juice1
Baskin-Robbins1Marriott1
Budget Car Rental1McDonald's1
Carl\s Jr.1Nike2
Chipotle1Pizza Hut1
Cold Stone Creamery1RadioShack1
Costco1Safeway1
DHL2Starbucks2
Ethan Allen1Subway1
FedEx4T-Mobile2
GNC1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1UPS7
IHOP1Vons1

Strongest AM radio stations in Foster City:

  • KNBR (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KNBR LICO, INC.)
  • KYCY (1550 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KGO (810 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KGO-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KTCT (1050 AM; 50 kW; SAN MATEO, CA; Owner: SUSQUEHANNA RADIO CORP.)
  • KFAX (1100 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: GOLDEN GATE BROADCASTING CO, INC.)
  • KTRB (860 AM; 50 kW; MODESTO, CA; Owner: PAPPAS RADIO OF CALIFORNIA, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KIQI (1010 AM; 35 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF SAN FRANCISCO LICENSE CORP.)
  • KSFB (1220 AM; 5 kW; PALO ALTO, CA; Owner: SCA-PALO ALTO, LLC)
  • KLOK (1170 AM; 50 kW; SAN JOSE, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KSFO (560 AM; 5 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KGO-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KNEW (910 AM; 20 kW; OAKLAND, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KCBS (740 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KOIT (1260 AM; 5 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Foster City:

  • KCSM (91.1 FM; SAN MATEO, CA; Owner: SAN MATEO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KFRC-FM (99.7 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY KFRC-FM, INC.)
  • KYLD (94.9 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KBLX-FM (102.9 FM; BERKELEY, CA; Owner: ICBC BROADCAST HOLDINGS - CA, INC.)
  • KFJC (89.7 FM; LOS ALTOS, CA; Owner: FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COMM. COLLEGE DIST.)
  • KZBR (95.7 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • KMEL (106.1 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KSAN (107.7 FM; SAN MATEO, CA; Owner: SUSQUEHANNA RADIO CORP.)
  • KQED-FM (88.5 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KQED, INC.)
  • KITS (105.3 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KIOI (101.3 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KKSF-FM1 (103.7 FM; PLEASANTON, ETC., CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KOIT-FM (96.5 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • KKSF (103.7 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KFOG (104.5 FM; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KFFG LICO, INC)
  • KFRC-FM3 (99.7 FM; WALNUT CREEK, CA; Owner: INFINITY KFRC-FM, INC.)
  • KZBR-FM1 (95.7 FM; WALNUT CREEK, CA; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • KBLX-FM2 (102.9 FM; PLEASANTON, CA; Owner: ICBC BROADCAST HOLDINGS -CA, INC.)
  • KSOL-FM3 (98.9 FM; PLEASANTON, CA; Owner: TMS LICENSE CALIFORNIA, INC)
  • KISQ-FM3 (98.1 FM; CONCORD, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Foster City:

  • KQED (Channel 9; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KQED, INC.)
  • KGO-TV (Channel 7; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KGO TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KPIX-TV (Channel 5; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KTVU (Channel 2; OAKLAND, CA; Owner: KTVU PARTNERSHIP)
  • KCSM-TV (Channel 60; SAN MATEO, CA; Owner: SAN MATEO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT)
  • KRON-TV (Channel 4; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SAN FRANCISCO, INC.)
  • KMTP-TV (Channel 32; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: MINORITY TELEVISION PROJECT)
  • KBHK-TV (Channel 44; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: VIACOM TELEVISION STATIONS GROUP OF SAN FRANCISCO INC.)
  • KBWB (Channel 20; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KBWB LICENSE, INC.)
  • KFSF (Channel 66; VALLEJO, CA; Owner: TELEFUTURA SAN FRANCISCO LLC)
  • KCNS (Channel 38; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: WRAY, INC.)
  • KBIT-CA (Channel 28; SAN FRANCISCO, ETC., CA; Owner: POLAR BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KICU-TV (Channel 36; SAN JOSE, CA; Owner: KTVU PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOVR (Channel 13; STOCKTON, CA; Owner: SCI - SACRAMENTO LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KXTV (Channel 10; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: KXTV, INC.)
  • KTEH (Channel 54; SAN JOSE, CA; Owner: KTEH FOUNDATION)
  • KTSF (Channel 26; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: LINCOLN BROADCASTING COMPANY, A CALIFORNIA LP)
  • KDTV (Channel 14; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KDTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • KSTS (Channel 48; SAN JOSE, CA; Owner: TELEMUNDO OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LICENSE CORP.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Foster City fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 13Number of bridges
  • 3,953ft / 1,205mTotal length
  • $367,648,000Total costs
  • 461,048Total average daily traffic
  • 28,883Total average daily truck traffic
  • 373,580Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Foster City, CA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 101960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 11990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Foster City, CA
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 8 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED17$560,294218$508,2111,535$410,78041$331,63475$326,947
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$483,00034$511,559247$450,0402$647,5004$381,750
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$569,80035$496,800287$471,81512$229,75012$299,833
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$569,00018$479,444187$439,1937$118,0005$323,800
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$05$509,40082$472,3056$377,8333$286,333

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 6080.01 , 6080.02, 6080.04, 6080.13, 6080.23, 6081.00, 6082.00, 6083.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 6 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$485,5001$412,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$604,6001$561,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$02$574,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 6080.01 , 6080.02, 6080.04, 6080.13, 6080.23, 6081.00, 6082.00, 6083.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Foster City, CA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Foster City, CA - Value

2005 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2005 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 46. The highest number of fires - 100 took place in 2005, and the least - 19 in 2015. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Foster City, CA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (59.3%), and Outside Fires (20.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Foster City, CA
    • 38159.3%Structure Fires
    • 13020.2%Outside Fires
    • 7611.8%Other
    • 568.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Foster City, CA
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Foster City, CA
  • 71.7%Utility gas
  • 25.0%Electricity
  • 1.5%No fuel used
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Foster City, CA
  • 57.7%Electricity
  • 37.0%Utility gas
  • 3.2%No fuel used
  • 1.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.2%Other fuel


Foster City compared to California state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Foster City on our top lists:

  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: professional, scientific, and technical services (population 5,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in China (population 500+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (population 500+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Japan (population 500+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: life, physical, and social science occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Hong Kong (population 500+)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: computer and mathematical occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Eastern Asia (population 500+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Asia (population 500+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: professional, scientific, and technical services (population 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Taiwan (population 500+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: management occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest median house value (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #93 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: computer and mathematical occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Egypt (population 500+)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: life, physical, and social science occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
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