Atherton lies two miles southeast of Redwood City, and 18 miles northwest of San Jose. In September 2013, Forbes magazine placed Atherton's ZIP code of 94027 at #1 on its annual list of America's most expensive zip codes. Atherton is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
Belmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the San Francisco Peninsula halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. The city has attracted national attention for a smoking ordinance passed in January 2009 which bans smoking in all businesses and multi-story apartments and condominiums; the ordinance has been described as one of the strictest in the nation. Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School are located in Belmont and are both Distinguished California Schools.
Brisbane sits on the slopes of San Bruno Mountain. It is located on the southern border of San Francisco, on the northeastern edge of South San Francisco, next to the San Francisco Bay and near the San Francisco International Airport. Brisbane is called "The City of Stars" because of a holiday tradition established over 65 years ago.
Located on the San Francisco Peninsula, Burlingame has a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay. An early suburb of San Francisco, the city is named after diplomat Anson Burlingame. Its proximity to the San Francisco International Airport generated airline support services growth and an increase in population.
Campbell is located in Santa Clara County and part of the Silicon Valley. Although not a major high-tech city like many of its neighbors, Campbell is the original home of eBay and of its creator, Pierre Omidyar. Campbell is home to the Pruneyard Shopping Center, a sprawling open-air retail complex which was involved in a famous U.S. Supreme Court case that established the extent of the right to free speech in California.
Colma is a small incorporated town in San Mateo County, near the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula. With most of Colma's land dedicated to cemeteries, the population of the dead outnumbers the living by over a 1000 to one. This has led to Colma's being called, "the City of the Silent", and has given rise to a humorous motto, now recorded on the city's website: "It's great to be alive in Colma.”
Cupertino lies directly west of San Jose on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley with portions extending into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. An affluent city, Forbes ranked it as one of the most educated small towns. It is known as the home of Apple Inc.'s corporate headquarters.
Despite being called "East" Palo Alto, this is a misnomer, as the city is precisely due north of Palo Alto. East Palo Alto has always been a separate entity from Palo Alto since its founding as an unincorporated community. It is located in San Mateo County, while Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County. The revitalization projects in 2000, and high income high-tech professionals moving into new developments, including employees from Google and Facebook, have begun to eliminate the cultural and economic differences between the two cities.
Foster City is a planned city located in San Mateo County. 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.
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County which experiences mild weather throughout the year. Immediately at the north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Harbor and the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea.
Hillsborough is an incorporated town in San Mateo County. Hillsborough is one of the wealthiest communities in America and has the highest income of places in the United States. It is bordered by Burlingame to the north, San Mateo to the east, Highlands-Baywood Park to the south, and Interstate 280 to the west.
The town of Los Gatos is an incorporated town in Santa Clara County. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area at the southwest corner of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Los Gatos is part of Silicon Valley, with several high technology companies maintaining a presence there.
Menlo Park is an affluent city at the eastern edge of San Mateo County. It is bordered by San Francisco Bay on the north and east; East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Stanford to the south; Atherton, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City to the west. Menlo Park is one of the most educated cities in the state of California and the United States, with nearly 70% of its residents having earned an advanced degree.
The Millbrae Intermodal Station serves as a major transit hub for the Peninsula, connecting the BART, Caltrain, and SamTrans networks. It is the largest intermodal station west of the Mississippi river, in terms of construction size and land usage. Residents are employed in various industries throughout the Bay Area and children attend one of five public elementary schools, or private schools.
With Alameda County bordering directly on the north, Milpitas sits in the extreme northeast section of the South Bay, bordering the East Bay and Fremont. Milpitas is also located within the Silicon Valley. In reality, Milpitas has no concentrated downtown "center," but instead has several small retail centers generally located near residential developments and anchored by a supermarket.
Mountain View is named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. From its origins as a stagecoach stop, it grew to a large suburb with a pedestrian-friendly downtown, free wi-fi, and is home to many high technology companies. The city borders Moffett Federal Airfield and the San Francisco Bay. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority integrates the city with the neighboring cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale.
Pacifica is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Pacifica is well known regionally as a popular surfing destination. Surfers and families often visit Linda Mar Beach. Rockaway Beach is a scenic location and offers recreation, shopping and dining. 2005 marked the opening of the top ranked Pacifica Skateboard Park. Pacifica is also a popular mountain biking destination, with many trails crossing the hillsides that surround the city.
Palo Alto city includes portions of Stanford and is headquarters to a number of high-technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard (HP), VMware, Tesla Motors, Ford Research and Innovation Center, PARC, Ning, IDEO, Skype, and Palantir Technologies. It has also served as an incubator to several other high-technology companies such as Google, Facebook, Logitech, Intuit, Pinterest, and PayPal. Its is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County and shares its borders with East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Menlo Park.
Portola Valley is one of the forty wealthiest towns in the United States, with a median household income of $244,771 a year. The zip code 94028, which encompasses the whole of Portola Valley, has the 9th most expensive housing prices within the country according to Forbes Magazine 2013.
The Port of Redwood City is the only deep water port on San Francisco Bay south of San Francisco. The county seat of San Mateo County, it is the home of several technology companies such as Oracle and Electronic Arts. a very diverse cosmopolitan city in the Bay Area, a newly popular destination in the peninsula and the Bay as a whole.
Redwood Shores is an affluent waterfront community located in San Mateo County. Many of the houses and condominiums surround waterways/lagoons and have access to inner waterways through private boating docks. Redwood Shores is the setting for college rowing races, including competitions among Pacific-12 Conference universities.
San Bruno enjoys a mild climate characterized by cool, dry summers and chilly, wet winters. The city is located between South San Francisco and Millbrae, adjacent to San Francisco International Airport and Golden Gate National Cemetery, and is approximately 12 miles south of downtown San Francisco.
San Carlos, "The City of Good Living", aims for a "small town" feel. Its main downtown area is composed mostly of small shops and restaurants. San Carlos was the first city in California to open a charter school (San Carlos Charter Learning Center), and its schools rank consistently well in state-wide lists. It is an affluent small residential suburb located between Belmont to the north and Redwood City to the south.
San Francisco is the fourth-most populous city in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, and the 13th-most populous city in the United States. San Francisco is officially the City and County of San Francisco and is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles making it the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City.
San Jose is the largest city within the Bay Area and the largest city in Northern California, San Jose's location within the booming local high tech industry earned the city the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley". San Jose is now considered to be a global city, and notable for its affluence and high cost of living.
San Mateo is one of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula, located between Burlingame to the north, Foster City and San Francisco Bay to the east, Belmont to the south, and Highlands-Baywood Park and Hillsborough to the west. San Mateo has one of the larger, well developed, more prominent suburban downtowns in the San Francisco Bay Area. The downtown core contains over 800 shops and restaurants, many of them in historic buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California. Levi's Stadium, the home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and the future site of Super Bowl 50 is located in the city. It is bordered by San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino.
Located on the Western edge of the Silicon Valley, Saratoga is known locally for its suburban small-town feel, wineries, and high-end boutiques. In 2008 CNN/Money ranked Saratoga number 4 in its listing of top-earning towns. Saratoga also was ranked by Forbes in 2009 as one of America's top 20 most-educated small towns. In 2010 Bloomberg Businessweek named Saratoga the most expensive suburb in California. Major attractions of Saratoga include Villa Montalvo, Hakone Gardens, and the Mountain Winery.
South San Francisco lies north of San Bruno and San Francisco International Airport most of the valley faces San Francisco Bay, affording bay views from higher levels. South San Francisco has mild winters and dry cool summers.
Sunnyvale is one of the few U.S. cities to have a single unified Department of Public Safety, where all personnel are trained as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs, so they can respond to an emergency in any of the three roles. As part of California's high-tech area known as Silicon Valley, companies such as Juniper Networks, Fortinet, AMD, NetApp, Spansion, Yahoo!, AppliedMicro and Ariba are headquartered there. Sunnyvale is also home to several aerospace/defense companies.
Woodside is a small incorporated town in San Mateo County. Woodside is home to many of the Silicon Valley elite and is among the wealthiest communities in the United States. The intentionally small business district includes: a few restaurants; a grocery store; a saloon; a hardware and horse tack store; an art gallery and picture framing store; a home and garden store; a cleaner; and a post office. Horses are part of the local culture.