San Carlos, “The City of Good Living,” is located in the center of the San Francisco Bay Area and has everything at its doorstep. San Francisco is 25 miles north and San Jose is 25 miles south. San Carlos boasts an ideal climate, good government, an outstanding school system, attractive residential areas, a fine shopping district, excellent restaurants, a modern industrial and commercial area and plenty of open space. As part of the northern end of Silicon Valley, San Carlos hosts several technology companies and is the address of many of the West Coast’s biotech and medical instrumentation firms. You’ll find friendly, involved people here and an inviting community atmosphere.
Longitude: 122 degrees, 14 minutes, 55 seconds West
Latitude: 37 degrees, 30 minutes, 40 seconds North
Elevation: 27 feet above sea level
Prevailing Winds: Direction – WNW. Mean Hourly Speed – 10.5mph.
The Municipality of San Carlos covers 4.83 sq. miles.
Population in 2011: 28,453.
Males: 13,752 (48.3%)
Females: 14,701 (51.7%)
Median resident age: 42.6 years
California median age: 45.6 years
Zip codes: 94070, 94071.
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Estimated median household income in 2009: $106,021 (it was $88,460 in 2000)
San Carlos: $106,021
Estimated per capita income in 2009: $55,416
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $860,668 (it was $607,100 in 2000)
San Carlos: $860,668
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $895,266; Detached houses: $935,715; Townhouses or other attached units: $800,324; In 2-unit structures: $586,694; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $594,346; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $502,561; Mobile homes: $495,023
Median gross rent in 2009: $1,517.
San Carlos is served by US 101 and Interstate 280 for north/south traffic and is halfway between State Highways 92 and 84 for east/west traffic across the bay and to the coast. Major local streets are Holly Street, Industrial Road and El Camino Real (Hwy 82).
Served by the Southern Pacific main line. Commuter train service is provided by CalTrain to San Francisco and San Jose from the historic San Carlos Depot on El Camino near Holly.
Approximately 50 common carriers are in the area including two with terminals in San Carlos. Overnight delivery is available to all points within 500 miles and all California cities.
Served by regional and local bus service provided by San Mateo County Transit (SamTrans) from San Francisco to Palo Alto. SamTrans also coordinates its service with other regional agencies (CalTrain, BART, Santa Clara County Transit, etc.
San Carlos is 25 miles from San Francisco port facilities and two miles from the Port of Redwood City.
San Francisco International Airport is located 11 miles to the north. San Jose International Airport is 25 miles to the south. The San Carlos Airport is a local general aviation airport with a control tower and 2600 foot runway.
Education is an important aspect in our community’s quality of life. San Carlos is well known for the quality of it’s public school system. For reference, visit
Educational superiority is essential to attracting strong businesses, to maintaining the economic vitality of San Carlos and to developing the future workforce.
San Carlos Public Library
The San Carlos Public Library, at 610 Elm Street, is part of the San Mateo County Library system, made up of 12 community libraries in the following 11 cities and towns: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside. The Library also serves the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. For hours of operation and reading programs in San Carlos, visit the library website. Our library also has a large community room (which can be divided into 2 smaller rooms) on the 2nd floor that can be rented by non-profits and community groups for meetings.
Health and Well-Being
Our idea of a healthy community focuses on allowing people in the community to celebrate and live life to its fullest. San Carlos boasts an excellent Parks & Recreation Department with a large variety of classes available for all ages, a very active Adult Community Center and a busy Youth Center built with donations from the residents! Check out the Business Directory under the category Physical Fitness for a list of local businesses ready to help you maintain that healthy lifestyle on a personal basis.
Public Safety and Welfare
Today, more than ever, security is critical to our economic development and our citizens. Feeling safe and secure in our own community is vital. The San Carlos Police Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and the San Carlos Fire Department have excellent reputations in the state. San Carlos is a safe place to live and work.