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Foster City Chamber of Commerce

About Foster City

Foster City is a thriving city with a population of approximately 30,000 people and a daytime population of employees that nearly equals the evening population of residents. The City is resplendent with trees, lagoons and award-winning homes. Foster City is located midway between San Francisco and San Jose on the western shoreline of the San Francisco Bay, east of U.S. 101, which provides convenient access to San Francisco and the San Francisco Airport to the north, and Santa Clara County and San Jose Airport to the south. The City is bisected by State Route 92 (the J. Arthur Younger Freeway), which runs between Half Moon Bay to the west and to Hayward and Highway 880 to the east via the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. State Route 92 provides convenient access to the East Bay. The City encompasses 12,45 acres, of which 9,726 acres are part of San Francisco Bay and Belmont Slough, and 2,619 acres are reclaimed marshland. This equates to approximately 4 square miles of land area.

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Community Profile: Background information about the City of Foster City and a comprehensive look at population, housing, land use, economic, and transportation trends as of January 2011.

Demographic Information: View a wide variety of demographic information collected by the Census Bureau about population, income, housing, education, age, business, cultural origin and language and veterans.


Foster City Snapshot: Prepared as part of the General Plan Update in 2011, this report highlights the challenges and opportunities, strategies, policies, and programs that could be adopted to take Foster City where it wants to be in the next decades.

Retail Analysis: In 2013, the City commissioned an analysis of its retail sector, with a specific set of questions about the success of existing retail and the potential for new retail. Included in this report is a section on Foster City demographics as they relate to consumer spending.

 Past History of Foster City: Although it is difficult to picture the raw, barren land of Brewer's Island in the midst of the beauty and prosperity in Foster City today, Foster City does have a very interesting story as a planned community, springing from the reclaimed land of Brewer's Island in the 1950's and 1960's.






City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200