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About San Mateo

The city of San Mateo is in San Mateo County, California. It covers almost 15 square miles and has a Mediterranean climate. The city was incorporated in 1894.

San Mateo has a population of 104,000 people. From 2010 to 2016, the population grew by 7%. Thirty-four percent of all residents in San Mateo are foreign-born. Forty-five percent of residents speak a foreign language at home.

More than 88% of residents who are 25 years or older have completed their high school education. Forty-eight percent of residents in this age group have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. People in San Mateo earn an average annual wage of $49,200 and have a median household income of $95,700. Roughly 8% of residents in San Mateo live below the poverty line.

Mental Health in San Mateo

The San Mateo County Mental Health Assessment and Referral Team (SMART) was established in 2005 to assist residents who experience a psychological crisis. Paramedics in the SMART program are trained to assess mental health situations, interview family members, and contact an individual’s therapist. The program provides a SMART SUV rather than an ambulance. The SUV can transport individuals with mental health issues to a shelter, a treatment center, a therapist’s office, or their own homes. The SMART program is viewed as a cost-effective way to care for residents with mental health issues and to reduce overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms.


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