Daly City, California

Fog City

The Best Thing About Daly City?

Filipino Culture

There’s a lot to like in Daly City. The homes are way less expensive than other cities nearby. It’s an easy commute into the city and people are chill and friendly. Perhaps though the best thing about the city is the rich Filipino culture that permeates Daly City. With 33,000 Filipino American residents it has been called “the Pinoy Capital of the United States”. The result is a tight-knit community, great food, and a family-friendly vibe that makes it safe and a great place to raise a family.

The Worst Thing About Daly City?

Fog

There are many locals who say that global warming has made Daly City a bit less foggy but regardless you need to prepare yourself for the cold and fog that sits on top of the western side of San Francisco and south down through Daly City and Pacifica. Some grow to love the cooler air and some (particularly those who move from SoCal) who flee the cold for warmer, sunnier climes. The most important thing is to be sure to tour the city and see the homes on a foggy day so you don’t get tricked into thinking things are mostly sunny here.

Lifestyle of Daly City

Daly City is a suburban, bedroom community. There are a couple shopping areas but no real downtown and so unless you get in your car you don’t have immediate access to a traditional city commercial district. The lifestyle here is built around the family. Kids going to school, soccer, baseball and volleyball leagues. Going in to SF for bigger nights out. Families hitting up parks, the beach (surfing is legit in this area), the zoo in SF that is really close and generally just enjoying the fact that when you live in Daly City you are on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and the border of one of the most culturally interesting cities in the world.

Schools in Daly City

Daly City has an odd structure for schools. Some of the city is in the South San Francisco School District and some are in the Jefferson Union District. It grades out at an average B+ on niche.com which means a number of schools come in as A’s, and are considered excellent options and some drop down to C’s. If you’re eyeballing the neighborhoods for better schools look to the West and South for the higher performing schools. It seems the closer to the Pacific and Pacifica/San Bruno borders you get the higher the ratings but there are exceptions so just keep an eye out for the high-performers if that’s one of your criterion’s for choosing.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Foggy Families in a Groovy Place

Making it work in the Bay Area can be tough. The costs are high and the competition can be fierce. Living in a tight-knit family-centric community that shares in the weight and pleasure of the fog and the ocean can feel really supportive. The secret sauce of Daly City for many though is how valuable these homes are now and much they could increase in worth as mid-century architecture appreciates. If you want to make a bet on America's continuing obsession with groovy design then put Daly City on your shortlist.