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Encyclopedia > Foster City, California
City of Foster City
Aerial view of Foster City
Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°33′5″N 122°15′59″W / 37.55139, -122.26639
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Incorporated 1971
Government
 - Mayor Ron Cox
Area
 - Total 19.9 sq mi (51.6 km²)
 - Land 3.8 sq mi (9.7 km²)
 - Water 16.2 sq mi (41.9 km²)
Elevation ft (2 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 28,803
 - Density 7,664.4/sq mi (2,959.2/km²)
  United States Census Bureau
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94404
Area code(s) 650
FIPS code 06-25338
GNIS feature ID 1659723
Website: http://www.fostercity.org/
This article is about the town in California. For the unincorporated community in Michigan, see Breen Township, Michigan.

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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 the initial design. His successor firm, Foster Enterprises, run by his descendants, is still active in real estate affairs throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Look up landfill in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

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Geography

Foster City is located at 37°33'5" North, 122°15'59" West (37.551285, -122.266382)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 51.6 km² (19.9 mi²). 9.7 km² (3.8 mi²) of it is land and 41.9 km² (16.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 81.13% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 28,803 people, 11,613 households, and 7,931 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,957.7/km² (7,664.4/mi²). There are 12,009 housing units at an average density of 1,233.2/km² (3,195.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 59.32% White, 2.09% African American, 0.12% Native American, 32.52% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, and 4.13% from two or more races. 5.32% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 11,613 households out of which 30.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% are married couples living together, 7.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% are non-families. 23.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.97. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population is spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city is $95,279, and the median income for a family is $106,099. Males have a median income of $77,916 versus $51,157 for females. The per capita income for the city is $45,754. 2.9% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 1.6% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

Foster City is home to four public schools in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District: Foster City Elementary School, 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 through 5th grade. 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.


Of the four public schools in Foster City, Audubon 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. Nathaniel Bowditch Middle School, is a middle school in Foster City, California. ...


Foster City also has one private Jewish day school: Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day SchoolRonald 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.[1]


Business

Metro Center, one of Foster City's largest retail/office complexes
Metro Center, one of Foster City's largest retail/office complexes

Foster City is the home to the world headquarters of VISA International, the main corporate body of the VISA payment card organization. Additional offices for the Visa USA corporate headquarters opened in San Francisco in 1999, but were closed in 2006. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 573 pixels Full resolution (2833 × 2029 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 573 pixels Full resolution (2833 × 2029 pixel, file size: 1. ... “VISA” redirects here. ...


Other companies with headquarters in Foster City:

Applied Biosystems, Inc. ... Arena Solutions is a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) company headquartered in Foster City, CA. Arena uses the on-demand model of software delivery also known as Software as a service (Saas). ... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... Gilead Sciences NASDAQ: GILD is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes therapeutics to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases, principally HIV, hepatitis B and influenza. ... SolarCity, ranked by the California Energy Commission as the fastest growing solar installation company in California, provides metropolitan markets with community-based solar programs:[1] By encouraging entire neighborhoods to convert to solar, residents receive guaranteed low price. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Cover of HTML 4 for Dummies. ...

Recreation

Foster City boasts 19 parks occupying more than 100 acres (0.4 km²), including many public tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, and a levee along the San Francisco Bay. Foster City has more parks per capita than any other city in California.[citation needed]


In addition, Foster City maintains an extensive 218 acre (0.9 km²)[1], man-made enclosed lagoon system. A world-class windsurfing spot in the San Francisco Bay can be found within the city limits of Foster City. There is one 9-hole golf course, Mariners' Point, on land owned by the City, and operated by VB Golf. Additionally, the Bay Area Dragons Dragon boat and Ho'okahi Pu'uwai Outrigger Canoe clubs operate in the lagoon. In an attempt to preserve the city's waterways and reduce noise levels, only electric or manpowered watercraft are permitted in the Lagoon.[2] San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... A Dragon boat (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is a very long and narrow human powered boat used in the team paddling sport or Dragon boat racing which originated in China. ... Outrigger canoe at El Nido, Philippines The outrigger canoe (Tagalog: bangka; Maori: waka; Hawaiian: waa) is a type of canoe featuring one or more lateral support floats known as outriggers, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. ...


Items of Interest

Foster City is one of the nation's safest cities. There is an average of one murder per decade.[citation needed]


Foster City's Werder Pier ("Weird-er") is a remainder of the original expanse of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. It is also one of the state's longest and oldest piers in existence. Unfortunately, due to much needed repair, the once popular fishing pier is no longer in operation. Eastern causeway portion of San Mateo-Hayward Bay Bridge (view from Hayward looking west toward San Mateo) Overview The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is a bridge crossing the San Francisco Bay, in the US, linking the San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay. ...


World Renowned architect and father of Modernism Le Corbusier was commissioned to design a living complex for the city in the late 60's. It was never built. The only other Le Corbusier structure in North America is the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge, Mass.[citation needed] For Christian theological modernism, see Liberal Christianity and Modernism (Roman Catholicism). ... Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who chose to be known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was a Swiss-born architect and writer, who is famous for his contributions to what now is called Modern Architecture. ... Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who chose to be known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was a Swiss-born architect and writer, who is famous for his contributions to what now is called Modern Architecture. ... The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only building actually built by Le Corbusier in the United States, one of only two in the Americas. ...


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.[citation needed] Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... For other persons of the same name, see Kevin Mitchell. ... Jeffrey Franklin Kent (born March 7, 1968 in Bellflower, California) is a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a former MVP winner. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ...


The movie "Over the Edge" is based upon events occurring in Foster City.[citation needed] Over the Edge is a movie completed in 1979 and released on HBO two years later because its controversial content led to a decision to forego a theatrical release. ...


The music video for "Super Hyphy", a song by Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak, was filmed at Bowditch Middle School. R&B singer Keyshia Cole was also featured in the music video which was produced by Half-White Productions.[citation needed] Keak Da Sneak (born May 9, 1979 (full name Charles Toby Bowens[1], commonly referred to as Keak) is a rapper from Oakland, California . ... Nathaniel Bowditch Middle School, is a middle school in Foster City, California. ... Keyshia Michelle Cole (born October 15, 1981) is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer known for her soulful voice. ...


Foster City is often referred to as the "Wisteria Lane" of the Peninsula. Sought after waterfront developments like "Bayporte" and "Whalers Island" often draw in great interest for their perfectly manicured lawns and the suburbia-type atmospheres so closely associated to Foster City.[citation needed] Wisteria Lane is a fictional street, in the American television series Desperate Housewives. ...


See also

The Foster City Marina is a planned facility for waterfront land use and boat berthing in Foster City, California. ... Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park is a recreational city park, located in Foster City, California and run by the city government and local citizens. ...

References

  1. ^ Built to Withstand a "100 Year Flood". City of Foster City.
  2. ^ Water Activites, City of Foster City.

External links

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Coordinates: 37.551285° N 122.266382° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Foster City, California - definition of Foster City, California in Encyclopedia (416 words)
Foster City is a planned city located in San Mateo County, California.
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 racial makeup of the city is 59.32% White, 2.09% African American, 0.12% Native American, 32.52% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, and 4.13% from two or more races.
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