San Mateo County, CA

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Population

769,545

0.242% decline

Median Age

39.9


Median Household Income

$124,425

6.66% growth

Poverty Rate

7.26%


Number of Employees

418,073

0.0289% decline

Median Property Value

$1.21M

11.2% growth

About

In 2018, San Mateo County, CA had a population of 770k people with a median age of 39.9 and a median household income of $124,425. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of San Mateo County, CA declined from 771,410 to 769,545, a -0.242% decrease and its median household income grew from $116,653 to $124,425, a 6.66% increase.

The population of San Mateo County, CA is 38.4% White Alone, 29.1% Asian Alone, and 24.3% Hispanic or Latino. 45.8% of the people in San Mateo County, CA speak a non-English language, and 85.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in San Mateo County, CA are College of San Mateo (1,932 degrees awarded in 2017), Skyline College (1,234 degrees), and Canada College (870 degrees).

The median property value in San Mateo County, CA is $1.21M, and the homeownership rate is 60.5%. Most people in San Mateo County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.1 minutes. The average car ownership in San Mateo County, CA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: San Mateo Bridge at Sunrise

Economy

The economy of San Mateo County, CA employs 418k people. The largest industries in San Mateo County, CA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (66,087 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (50,121 people), and Retail Trade (36,564 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($123,944), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($121,052), and Finance & Insurance ($100,066).

Median household income in San Mateo County, CA is $124,425. Males in San Mateo County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,298. The income inequality in San Mateo County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$124,425

2018 value

± $4,666

6.66%

1 Year Growth

± 4.51%

Households in San Mateo County, CA have a median annual income of $124,425, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $116,653 in 2017, which represents a 6.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,575

Average Male Salary

± $755

$62,298

Average Female Salary

± $633

In 2018, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $73,860 ± $1,174

  2. White

    $65,115 ± $611

  3. Two or More Races

    $54,912 ± $1,843

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for San Mateo County, CA is from California.

0.499

2018 Wage GINI

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in California was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.324% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 6057

  2. Census Tract 6114

  3. Census Tract 6115

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Mateo County, CA was Census Tract 6057 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 6114 and Census Tract 6115, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

The following map shows all of the tracts in San Mateo County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.26% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Mateo County, CA (55k out of 757k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    24,266 ± 1,185

  2. Hispanic

    23,937 ± 1,227

  3. Other

    11,995 ± 964

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in San Mateo County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

418k

2018 Value

± 10,630

-0.0289%

1 Year decline

± 3.62%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in San Mateo County, CA declined at a rate of -0.0289%, from 418k employees to 418k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Mateo County, CA, are Management Occupations (64,257 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (42,103 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (37,273 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Mateo County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of San Mateo County, CA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (64,257 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (42,103 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (37,273 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Mateo County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.38 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.18 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of San Mateo County, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($166,213), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($129,905), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($129,712).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

418k

2018 Value

± 10,630

-0.0289%

1 Year decline

± 3.62%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in San Mateo County, CA declined at a rate of -0.0289%, from 418k employees to 418k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Mateo County, CA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (66,087 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (50,121 people), and Retail Trade (36,564 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Mateo County, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Mateo County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in San Mateo County, CA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (66,087 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (50,121 people), and Retail Trade (36,564 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Mateo County, CA has an unusually high number of Information (2.35 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.1 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in San Mateo County, CA, by median earnings, are Information ($123,944), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($121,052), and Finance & Insurance ($100,066).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.9% of the population of San Mateo County, CA has health coverage, with 60.6% on employee plans, 11.6% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 0.588% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of San Mateo County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in San Mateo County, CA see 972 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.21% decrease from the previous year (994 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 988 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 300 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

972 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in San Mateo County, CA see an average of 972 patients per year. This represents a 2.21% decrease from the previous year (994 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in San Mateo County, CA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.05%

Uninsured

60.6%

Employer Coverage

11.6%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

0.588%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Mateo County, CA grew by 6.19% from 3.82% to 4.05%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in San Mateo County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

San Mateo County, CA is home to a population of 770k people, from which 85.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 34.3% of San Mateo County, CA residents were born outside of the country (265k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of San Mateo County, CA is composed of 295k White Alone residents (38.4%), 224k Asian Alone residents (29.1%), 187k Hispanic or Latino residents (24.3%), 32.7k Two or More Races residents (4.25%), 15.6k Black or African American Alone residents (2.03%), 8.48k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.1%), 4.82k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.626%), and 1.6k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.208%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in San Mateo County, CA are Spanish (131,510 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (69,746 speakers), and Tagalog (Incl. Filipino) (50,273 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in San Mateo County, CA was 39.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in San Mateo County, CA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all San Mateo County, CA residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

34.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

265k people

34.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

261k people

As of 2017, 34.3% of San Mateo County, CA residents (265k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in San Mateo County, CA was 34.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,032,642 ± 46,722 people

  2. Philippines

    840,765 ± 22,271 people

  3. China

    696,409 ± 20,307 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,032,642 California residents, followed by Philippines with 840,765 and China with 696,409.

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Citizenship

85.2%

2018 Citizenship

85.2%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 85.2% of San Mateo County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in San Mateo County, CA was 85.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    295k ± 2.3k

  2. Asian Alone

    224k ± 3.01k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    187k ± 12.9k

In 2018, there were 1.32 times more White Alone residents (295k people) in San Mateo County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 224k Asian Alone and 187k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in San Mateo County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    131,510 speakers (18.1%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    69,746 speakers (9.6%)

  3. Tagalog (Incl. Filipino)

    50,273 speakers (6.92%)

45.8% of San Mateo County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in San Mateo County, CA was Spanish. 18.1% of the overall population of San Mateo County, CA are native Spanish speakers. 9.6% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 6.92% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,547 ± 1,288

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,803 ± 1,326

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,717 ± 863

San Mateo County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in San Mateo County, CA awarded 5,393 degrees. The student population of San Mateo County, CA is skewed towards women, with 12,553 male students and 16,118 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in San Mateo County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (1,730 and 33.6%), followed by Asian (1,387 and 27%), White (1,322 and 25.7%), and Two or More Races (256 and 4.98%).

The largest universities in San Mateo County, CA by number of degrees awarded are College of San Mateo (1,932 and 35.8%), Skyline College (1,234 and 22.9%), and Canada College (870 and 16.1%).

The most popular majors in San Mateo County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (878 and 16.3%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (458 and 8.49%), and General Business Administration & Management (428 and 7.94%).

The median tuition costs in San Mateo County, CA are $37,276 for private four year colleges, and $1,380 and $8,070 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 191 degrees awarded

  2. 266 degrees awarded

  3. 249 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in San Mateo County, CA was General Psychology with 191 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in San Mateo County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,932 degrees awarded

  2. 1,234 degrees awarded

  3. 870 degrees awarded

$1,380

Median In-State Public

$37,276

Median Private

In 2017, the San Mateo County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was College of San Mateo with 1,932 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,122

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,271

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,122 men were awarded degrees from institutions in San Mateo County, CA, which is 0.649 times less than the 3,271 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    1,730 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    1,387 degrees awarded

  3. White

    1,322 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in San Mateo County, CA were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 1,730 degrees mean that there were 1.25 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,387 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in San Mateo County, CA was $1.21M in 2018, which is 5.26 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $1.09M to $1.21M, a 11.2% increase. The homeownership rate in San Mateo County, CA is 60.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in San Mateo County, CA have an average commute time of 28.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in San Mateo County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$1.21M

2018 Median

± $20,826

$1.09M

2017 Median

± $19,715

In 2018, the median property value in San Mateo County, CA grew to to $1.21M from the previous year's value of $1.09M.

The following charts display, first, the property values in San Mateo County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Mateo County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $1M - $1,499,999 range.

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Household Income

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$124,425

Median Household Income

± $4,666

260k

Number of Households

± 7,515

In 2018, the median household income of the 260k households in San Mateo County, CA grew to $124,425 from the previous year's value of $116,653.

The following chart displays the households in San Mateo County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in San Mateo County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Mateo County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

60.5%

2018 Homeownership

59.1%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 60.5% of the housing units in San Mateo County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in San Mateo County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

28.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Mateo County, CA have a longer commute time (28.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.12% of the workforce in San Mateo County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    68.2%

  2. Public Transit

    10.6%

  3. Carpooled

    9.81%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in San Mateo County, CA was Drove Alone (68.2%), followed by those who Public Transit (10.6%) and those who Carpooled (9.81%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in San Mateo County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in San Mateo County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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