Foster City has the 927th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 9.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Foster City is part of the San Francisco metro area. Unemployment in the San Francisco area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. San Francisco has the 7th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Foster City is above average at $72,740, and the median cost of a home in Foster City is $850,800, which is above the national average. 63% of workers in Foster City hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 95% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Foster City. 70% of Foster City workers drive to work alone, 8% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Foster City spend an average of 27 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.