Redwood City is one of the more diverse, cosmopolitan cities in Silicon Valley, covering a large swath of San Francisco Bay shoreline and reaching into the Santa Cruz Mountains. With 76,815 residents, it’s a hot spot of revitalization and civic improvements that rival Oakland in the East Bay. The history of Redwood City goes back to its original inhabitation by the Ohlone people, native Americans who were found by Spanish explorers in the 18th century living along the coast from San Francisco Bay to southern Salinas Valley. The city has been a port for the shipment of lumber and other goods. It’s now the seat of San Mateo County.
For families, couples and singles, Redwood City offers a high-quality lifestyle with a full menu of special events, entertainment, shopping and dining. The historical courthouse downtown has seen major improvements including a welcoming courtyard flanked by elegant water fountains. Those with children appreciate the fine educational opportunities in the local schools such as Menlo-Atherton High School, which was named a 2013 California Distinguished School.
Whether you’re looking for exciting nightlife, a simple and serene daylife, or anything in between, you’ll find it in Redwood City. And with San Jose and San Francisco each less than 28 miles away, it’s no wonder more and more people are proud to call Redwood City home.
Redwood City fast facts:
- Size: 19.4 square miles.
- Population density: 3,955 per square mile.
- Redwood City real estate median sale price – single family home: $926,000; condo/townhome: $562,097.
- Median household income (est.): $69,679.
- Average high temperature – July: 82; average low – December, January: 40.
- The computer technology company Oracle employs 6,700, making it Redwood City’s largest employer.
- According to a pre-World War I survey by the U.S. and German governments, Redwood City is tied with the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa and the Canary Islands for the best climate in the world. The city’s motto is “Climate Best By Government Test.”
- The 4th of July parade held in Redwood City dates back to 1887 and is claimed to be the largest Independence Day parade in California, west of the Mississippi and in North America, depending on where the claim comes from.
With its excellent quality of life, outstanding schools, near-perfect climate and plenty of invigorating social and professional activities, Redwood City just might be the ideal location for your new, wonderful home.