Zip Code: 94404
Foster City is a planned city located in San Mateo County, California 94404. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 30,567. Forbes ranked Foster City #10 on their 2009 list of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well. Money has also recognized Foster City multiple times as one of the Best Places to Live. Foster City is sometimes considered to be part of Silicon Valley for its local industry and its proximity to Silicon Valley cities.
Foster City was founded in the 1960s on engineered landfill in the marshes of the San Francisco Bay, on the east edge of San Mateo . The city was named after T. Jack Foster, a real estate magnate who owned much of the land comprising the city and who was instrumental in its initial design. His successor firm, Foster Enterprises, run by his descendants, is still active in real estate affairs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
|Total Population||30,567 – 100.0%|
|One Race||29,027 – 95.0%|
|Not Hispanic or Latino||28,572 – 93.5%|
|White alone||12,829 – 42.0%|
|Black or African American alone||545 – 1.8%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone||17 – 0.1%|
|Asian alone||13,691 – 44.8%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone||182 – 0.6%|
|Some other race alone||102 – 0.3%|
|Two or more races alone||1,206 – 3.9%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||1,995 – 6.5%|
Foster City is home to four public schools in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District. Foster City Elementary School (which has recently been remodeled ), Brewer Island Elementary School, and Audubon Elementary School serve kindergarten through fifth grades. Nathaniel Bowditch Middle School serves 6th through 8th grades. There are several private preschools and elementary schools. There is a separate High School District: San Mateo Union High School District. There is no high school located east of Highway 101 so Foster City high school students attend the public schools in the San Mateo Union High School District and other private high schools in San Francisco Bay Area.
All four public schools in Foster City (Audubon School, Brewer Island School, Foster City School, and Bowditch Middle School) have won California Distinguished School awards. In 1993, Bowditch was recognized with the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon. In 2005, Bowditch became a California Distinguished School for the second time. A third recognition was given in 2013.
Foster City also has one private Jewish day school: Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is a kindergarten – eighth grade school. It was rated the number one Jewish day school in the South Bay/Peninsula.
Around 1993 Visa Inc. began consolidating various scattered offices in San Mateo, California to a location in Foster City. Visa’s headquarters were in Foster City, and Visa became Foster City’s largest employer. Visa owns three buildings at the intersection of Metro Center Boulevard and Vintage Park Drive. As of 2009 it employed about 3,000 people at the complex. During that year Visa signed a 10-year lease agreement for the top three floors of 595 Market Street in San Francisco and moved its top executives there. Visa continued to keep employees at the Foster City offices. As of 2009, after the headquarters move, the Foster City facilities remained the company’s center of employment, and the post-headquarters move Foster City buildings housed 2,400 employees as of 2009.
Other companies with headquarters in Foster City:
According to the City’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|3||Life Technologies (formerly Applied Bio systems)||1,328|
|4||Electronics for Imaging
|6||Sony Computer Entertainment