Daly City

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Daly City, CA

Urban dwellings with a hometown feel is what you will find within Daly City. The city is located along the coastline, with great views of the Pacific Ocean. On the east is the San Francisco Bay, and it is only eight miles south of San Francisco. The area is thriving and is expected to grow exponentially soon. A beautiful beach, numerous stores, and tons of recreational activities call the area home, which is why so many people are looking to call this area their home as well!

The History of Daly City

Daly City is the location of what was once Spanish land grants. During the early years, while San Francisco Bay and other local areas were being settled, Daly City was still non-existent. Daly City wasn’t even on the map during the Gold Rush. It was in the early 1850’s that settlers started to claim the land that was once the old Spanish grant land. As the area progressed, the land was being used for farming and various other settlers, mostly immigrants. Life continued this way for several years.

In 1906, the earthquake hit the San Francisco area that rocked the area to its core. It was then that people began to move into the Daly City area. It was John Daly, who came to the area in 1853, who opened his farm for the refugees. He then started sectioning off his farm for roads and homes to be built, making the early years of Daly City. However, it wasn’t until 1911 that the town was incorporated as part of the San Mateo County.

Landmarks and Recreation in Daly City

Around Daly City, there are several landmarks and spots of recreation that individuals and families both can enjoy. For example:

  • The Cow Palace: this is home to the annual Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show, and hosts several concerts and events throughout the year.
  • Century 20 Daly City: A megaplex movie theater.
  • Numerous golf courses including the Olympic Club, Lake Merced Golf Club and much more.
  • The Golden Gate National Recreation Area contains Thornton Beach, as well as several outdoor sports, most notably paragliding ad hang gliding.

And for those who like to shop, you will find tons of commerce taking place in Daly City.

Employment and Industry

The latest records for Daly City has around 49% of those who live here, also work in the area. The biggest industry in the area is medical services and education. This is followed closely by government employment, retail employment, and telecommunication. Most people who work in the area are in the service sector.

The unemployment rate for the area as of 2004 is around 5.3% which is below the state average.

Transportation in Daly City

What initially made Daly City was the rail system that went through the area, and to this day, it is still one of the main ways to get in and around Daly City. In fact, this rail system is so highly used that the US Census Bureau has said that Daly City is one of the cities that has the highest transit ridership.


There are several schools in the Daly City area, with the two largest being Jefferson Elementary School District and Jefferson Union High School District. There is also the Bayshore Elementary School District, Brisbane School District, and the South San Francisco Unified School District. Two high schools are located inside of Daly City: Westmoor High School and Jefferson High School. There is also a continuation school here, Thornton High School. In addition, there are two Catholic schools: Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Mercy.

Per GreatSchools.org, almost every school in the Daly City area is performing at a level 7 out of 10. However, several of these schools are considered a 9 out of 10 rating, nearly perfect.

Income and Housing

One of the aspects that sets Daly City apart from other neighboring areas is the affordable housing that is found in the area. On average, homes sell for around $585,000. Rents range from $850 to $1,700 per a 2004 study.

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