Population | SSMC


Why Is This Important?
Population growth increases demands on land, natural resources, and public services.  Changing demographics require local businesses and governments to adapt their products and services to their populations’ specific needs.

What Is a Sustainable State?
A sustainable state is one where a community is able to accommodate population growth without negatively impacting quality of life or depleting scarce natural resources.

How Are We Doing?

  • In 2007, the San Mateo County population was 734,500, a 1 percent increase from 2006 and a nearly 6 percent increase since 1998.
  • The 2007 increase was because of roughly 5,000 more births than deaths as well as a positive net migration into the county of over 3,100 individuals. 
  • In 2007, 46 percent of the county’s population was White, 23 percent were Latino, 23 percent were Asian, 3 percent were African American, and the remaining 5 percent were multi-racial or another race.  In 2000 by comparison, 50 percent of the county’s population was White, 22 percent Latino, and only 20 percent Asian.
  • Since 2000, the median age in the county has increased from 37 to 39 years. 
  • Since 2000, the proportion of the county’s population that is under 20 years of age has remained roughly 25 percent, whereas the proportion of individuals between the ages of 20 and 55 has declined from 54 to 50 percent, and the proportion of individuals over 55 years of age has increased from 21 to 25 percent.
  • Daly City has the largest population among cities in San Mateo County with over 106,000 residents. 
  • Since 1998, South San Francisco and San Mateo have added the most new residents, roughly 5,400 and 4,700 respectively. 
  • East Palo Alto has added roughly 4,000 residents since 1998, the most among cities in the county with a population below 50,000.
  • The county’s population is expected to continue to grow and reach nearly 820,000 by 2050.

Data source: California Department of Finance


Data source: California Department of Finance


See appendix page 77, CLICK HERE. Researcher: Carol Mink

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