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Redwood City

Redwood City is a dynamic community located on the San Francisco Peninsula, about 27 miles south of San Francisco and 24 miles north of San Jose.  With incorporated and unincorporated neighborhoods spanning from Emerald Hills to Redwood Shores, its geography is varied, ranging from hilly neighborhoods on the west side, to the more recently developed contemporary neighborhoods in the east.  The city occupies 34.7 square miles, and 77,000 residents make Redwood City their home.

Redwood City is a very diverse cosmopolitan city and a newly popular destination on the Peninsula.  Between the gentrification of several older neighborhoods and a great deal of new construction downtown, Redwood City has quickly become the destination of choice for professionals, young families, and retirees alike.

Downtown Redwood City is a bustling hot spot distinguished by its trendy shops and restaurants, as well as the Century and Fox Theatres.  The beautiful courthouse steps offer a lovely venue to enjoy coffee or an outdoor concert on a warm summer evening.  The San Mateo County seat is located here, as are the headquarters for several technology companies including Oracle and Electronic Arts.  An arts, culture, and entertainments hub, Downtown Redwood City is always a lively destination, day or night.

Redwood City’s elementary and middle schools are operated by the Redwood City School District.  They include Adelante Spanish Immersion School, Clifford Elementary, Fair Oaks Community School, Garfield Elementary, Hawes Elementary, Henry Ford Elementary, Hoover Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle School, John Gill Elementary, McKinley Institute of Technology, Orion Alternative School, Roosevelt Elementary, Roy Cloud Elementary, Selby Lane Elementary, Taft Community School, and North Star Academy.  State preschools are run through the Childhood Development Center.  There are several public high schools operated through the Sequoia Union High School District, including the comprehensive Sequoia High School, Woodside High School, Summit Preparatory Charter High School, Everest Public High School, and Redwood High School’s Continuation School.  Redwood City has one community college, Cañada College, in the neighboring town of Woodside.  The Peninsula Library System has four branches in Redwood City, including the Downtown, Fair Oaks, Redwood Shores, and Schaberg locations.

Acting as a vibrant resource for the community, the Redwood City Parks & Recreation Department provides camps, classes, after school solutions, sports leagues, and events for hundreds of thousands of residents.  From little learners to seniors, Redwood City is committed to promoting community wellness.  The city enjoys over 30 unique parks large and small, including off-leash dog parks and a skate park.  In addition, Redwood City has two outdoor pools that are operated seasonally during the summer.  Redwood City hosts a number of community building events throughout the year.  Its annual Independence Day Parade is a favorite throughout the entire Peninsula.