Foster City is a city located in San Mateo County, California. Take a look below for 15 interesting and awesome facts about Foster City, California, United States.
1. The 2020 census put the population at 33,805, an increase of more than 10% over the 2010 census figure of 30,567.
2. Foster City is sometimes considered to be part of Silicon Valley for its local industry and its proximity to Silicon Valley cities.
3. Foster City is one of the United States’ safest cities, with an average of one murder per decade.
4. Foster City was founded in the 1960s, built on the existing Brewer Island in the marshes of the San Francisco Bay on the east edge of San Mateo, enlarged with engineered landfill.
5. 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.
6. His firm, Foster Enterprises, now run by his descendants, relocated to San Mateo in 2000 and is still active in real estate affairs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
7. 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.”
8. Foster City’s Werder Pier is a remainder of the original expanse of the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge. It is also one of the longest and oldest piers in California. Unfortunately, due to much needed repair, the once popular fishing pier is no longer in operation.
9. A number of San Francisco professional athletes have called Foster City home. Former San Francisco Giants players Kevin Mitchell and Jeff Kent won the National League Most Valuable Player award while they were residents of Foster City.
10. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, was raised in Foster City.
11. Norman Hsu, the Hong Kong-born convicted criminal (Ponzi scheme scam artist) and political activist, is a former resident of Foster City.
12. The movie Over the Edge is based on events occurring in Foster City and chronicled in a 1973 article titled “Mousepacks: Kids on a Crime Spree” in the San Francisco Examiner.
13. The music video for “Super Hyphy”, a song by Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak featuring R&B singer Keyshia Cole, was filmed at Bowditch Middle School.
14. Foster City TV broadcasts a variety of programs related to the operation of and life in Foster City. Foster City TV provides programming through a dedicated government-access television (GATV) channel.
15. Foster City has 24 parks occupying more than 200 acres (0.8 km2), including many public tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, and rollerblading/biking trails along the San Francisco Bay.