Welcome to Redwood City
Redwood City is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is the oldest city on the San Francisco Peninsula. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo. With 82,881 residents Redwood City is the home of several major technology companies including Oracle, Box, Evernote, and Electronic Arts.
The city's vibrant downtown offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. Redwood City's slogan, emblazoned on arches across Broadway at the east and west entrances to downtown, is "Climate Best By Government Test." This is based on a climatological survey conducted by the United States and German governments prior to World War I. The area centered on Redwood City tied for the world's best climate with the Canary Islands and North Africa's Mediterranean Coast.
Originally a port town during the Gold Rush, Redwood City became the County Seat of the newly formed San Mateo County in 1856. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. Redwood City's history spans its earliest inhabitation by the Ohlone people to being a port for lumber and other goods.