In the shadows of San Francisco and Oakland is San Carlos, California. It’s a charming city that blends a strategic location, inviting neighborhoods, a lively downtown, parks, outdoor attractions, and great weather into one perfect spot to start your U.S. healthcare career. Explorers will find a diverse, affluent, progressive community attractive to singles and families.
The City of Good Living
Life in San Carlos may move at a slower pace than its neighbors to the north, but there’s a reason it’s called “The City of Good Living.” Explorers will enjoy plenty of good restaurants, farmer’s markets, seasonal events and festivals, arts, culture, and great weather. The Bay Area averages lows of 44°F (6.66°C) to highs of 58°F (14.44°C) in December and lows averaging 58°F (.55°C) to highs of 77°F (25°C) in the warmest month, August.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 87 percent higher than the national rate
- Population: 29,586 based on the 2020 Census estimate
- Median Home Sale Price: $1, 800,000
- Median Rent: $4,000 (1 bedroom)
- Median Household Income: $204,570
- Per Capita Income: $104,853
- Live below the poverty line: 2.9 percent
- Median Age: 40.7 years
- Average commute time: 27.4 minutes
San Carlos is close to some of California’s best medical facilities. UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center is nationally ranked in 14 specialties and 10 children’s specialties. Kaiser Permanente Oakland and Richmond Medical Centers is ranked high performing in 10 procedures and conditions, while Washington Hospital-Freemont is ranked high performing for one specialty and eight procedures and conditions by U.S. News & World Report.
Explorers can enroll younger family members in the San Carlos School District.
- Overall grade: A (niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 18 to 1
- Serving: students in Pre-K, K through high school
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has non-stop flights to cities across the country and worldwide, such as New York, Chicago, Miami, Manila, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, and more.
Golden Gate Bridge Take a selfie on the most photographed bridge in the world. Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County on the north side.
Pulgas Water Temple Visit this monument to the engineering efforts that brought reservoir water to the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Carlos Flight Center Spread your wings and take flight. The San Carlos Flight Center offers pilot certification courses to prepare you for the FAA Knowledge Test and private pilot certificate to get your licenses.
IFly If you’re looking for a sky-high experience but aren’t ready to commit to earning your wings, try indoor skydiving.
Downtown Enjoy alfresco dining on cuisines from around the world, such as Mexican, Japanese, Greek, and Thai. Find a gift in a boutique shop, or try on some new shoes. Downtown San Carlos is perfect for a relaxing evening.
Golden State Warriors Watch the greatest 3-point shooter ever, Steph Curry, and the Warriors take on NBA foes at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Boat Tour Cruise San Francisco Bay for whale watching, a sunset cruise, a visit to Alcatraz, and more for a unique experience.
Pacific Coast Highway Drive Take in California’s natural beauty and some of the state’s most iconic attractions with a drive along the rugged coastline on Highway 1.
Palace of Fine Arts This iconic landmark, just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, was built after San Francisco’s historic 1906 earthquake and was considered the most beautiful structure at the first World’s Fair.