San Carlos sets the bar high with its motto “the city of good living,” and families flock to the mid-Peninsula community for its highly ranked schools, thriving Laurel Street shopping district, and quaint feel.
The city of approximately 30,000 residents is located between Belmont and Redwood City. San Carlos is close to U.S. Highway 101 and state Route 82 and has a Caltrain stop that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also home to the San Carlos Airport and the Hiller Aviation Museum.
In 2010, the city dissolved its police department and now receives law-enforcement service from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
The median household income in San Carlos is $118,000, and the median home value is $919,000, according to 2013 United State Census Bureau data. Of its 12,018 housing units, 70 percent are owner occupied.