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Per Capita Income

General information

Per capita income is the average income for every individual (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey 2013 Subject Definitions).

Key Findings

  • Median per capita income in San Mateo County is lowest in Redwood City, west Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto.
  • Median per capita income is highest in Hillsborough, Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley, and east Menlo Park.


  • Data were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates at American FactFinder.
  • Data were mapped using ArcGIS for Desktop.
  • Data included all persons.


  • Approximately 295,000 households are selected to participate in the annual American Community Survey, or less than 1 percent of all households in the U.S.
  • Data were estimates based on survey responses, and not actual counts. 
  • Estimates have some chance of error.