Located on the San Francisco Peninsula, San Mateo is the midway point from San Francisco and San Jose. It acts as the gateway between the tech-driven city of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, where the tech boom originated. The city is less tech dense than some of its neighbors, with more diverse companies calling the city home, including companies in the healthcare, financial services, and government industries.
Connecting San Francisco to San Jose, San Mateo is intersected by highways El Camino Real, 280, and 101. The city is also connected to the East Bay via the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. A transportation option the Caltrain serves San Mateo at Hillsdale Station, Hayward Park Station, and San Mateo Station. San Mateo is neighbored by Foster City to the east, Belmont to the south, Burlingame to the north, and Hillsborough to the west.