The Cities and communities of San Mateo County, California *
Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor, Burlingame
Daly City, Davenport
East Palo Alto, El Granada
Half Moon Bay, Harrison, Hillsborough
La Honda, Loma Mar
Menlo Park, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach
Pacifica, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Purissama
Redwood City (County Seat)
San Bruno, San Carlos, San Gregorio, San Mateo, South San Francisco
West Menlo Park, Woodside
*This list of cities may not be complete
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& Facts about San Mateo County, California
San Mateo County Official Site
The county seat is Redwood City
San Mateo County Clerk
555 County Center, First Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665
Phone: (650) 363-4712
Fax: (650) 363-4843
Links to many county
departments and groups
San Mateo County Economic Development Association
1856 - 3,214
1970 - 556,164
1980 - 588,164
1990 - 691,500
1999 - 722,762
2005 - 757,100 (estimate)
Size and Location
San Mateo County is located on the San Francisco Peninsula, the City and County of San Francisco is to the north, San Francisco Bay on the east and Santa Clara County on the South. The Pacific Ocean is on the west.
552 square miles
45 miles of scenic coastline and
beaches along Highway 1.
Peninsula Library System
The first settlers in the area were the Ohline Indians who lived under the large Oaks of this area. The Spanish came next - explorers, ranchers and padres. There were few or no white settlers until the time of the Gold Rush era. Though no gold was found in the general area, the Gold Rush of the mid 1800's brought new people to the area.
When the city and county of San Francisco was incorporated in 1856, the rest of the land down the peninsula was included in San Mateo County. The county's beginnings were rough due to corrupt politicians who weaseled their way into power through voter fraud. Lucky for the fledgling county, not all of the officials were corrupt. The offenders were tracked down and most left the area suddenly and quietly. A few were caught and tried. One was even hung. Eventually, the entire election results were thrown out in October of 1856. A new, and much more legal, election was held in 1857. Redwood City was named as the "capitol" of San Mateo County that same year.
Many of the rich residents of the
San Francisco area built summer homes in the county. As roads and railroads
improved, the trips were made much shorter than the full day they originally
took to arrive. Some even moved to the county permanently once better roads
were established. Others moved "temporarily" after the great 1906
San Francisco Earthquake and then decided to just stay put. After World War
I had ended, more businesses moved into the peninsula area, bringing with them
more jobs and an improved economy.
San Mateo County Office
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, California 94065
San Mateo County boasts of having the second highest educated population in the nation and has many colleges and universities.
Organizations & Groups
San Mateo Convention & Visitors Bureau
San Mateo County Genealogical
P.O. Box 5083
San Mateo, California 94402
510 Broadway, Suite 200
Millbrae, CA 94030-1966
Phone: (650) 552-9222
Fax: (650) 652-1748
San Mateo County / Redwood City Chamber of Commerce
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 364-1722
Fax (650) 364-1729
Climate & Weather
The area has what is known as a Mediterranean climate which means it is similar to the climates of Italy and Spain.
A weather page from the Mercury News. This weather page is generated by the University of California.
Attractions, Links and Information
median family income: $55,875
median priced home: $326,500.
Rents for a two bedroom apartment average $994.00 /mo.
State Historical Landmarks
Cemeteries of San Mateo County
Beach list for San Mateo County
San Mateo County
Fair and Floral Festival
held each year in August
For event information, call 650-574-3247
For ticket information, call 650-574-0271
CA GenWeb Project page for San Mateo County
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