Indicators Report

Indicators Report

Living sustainably means that we meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable, long-term planning balances a vibrant economy, a socially equitable community, and a healthy environment.



About the Indicators Report

Indicators for a Sustainable San Mateo County provides fact-based information on local trends impacting our economy, environment, and society. Propelled by the philosophy “what gets measured, gets managed,” the Report presents indicators that raise awareness of sustainability in the county and improve our ability to make sound decisions for the benefit of future generations.

The indicators in this Report are used by governments, businesses, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations to set goals, measure progress towards achieving them, and prioritize the allocation of scarce resources. In addition to the indicators, the Report highlights success stories, showcases positive changes that local governments and businesses are making, and presents resources for individuals to take further action.

Each year, we feature a Key Indicator, which provides an in-depth look at a current issue that is critical to the long-term sustainability of San Mateo County. This year’s Key Indicator, Cost of Living, will explore the social relationships within the economy, the impacts on our environment, and options for more sustainable practices.

This Report would not be possible without our sponsors and dedicated team of volunteers, each of whom contributed time and energy to help research, edit, and design the pages. We also thank the local experts who reviewed and commented on draft indicators.


Sustainable San Mateo County gratefully acknowledges the work of its founders, Board and Committee members, and the many volunteers who helped make this year’s report.

Indicators Production Team
Executive Director: Adrienne Etherton
Program Manager: Flora Kaplan
Graphic Design: Derrick Chinn
Website: Kevin Wacknov
Printed Materials Design: Ricki McGlashan
Chart Design: Flora Kaplan, Akuwa Kalu, Zach Wong, and James Cannon. (March 2016-Present) and Barbara Lee, Kaleidoscope Graphic Design.

Indicators Committee
Chair: David Crabbe
City Reports Coordinator: Bryan Chen
Members: Bernard Bruand, Bill Chiang, Shalini Desrouches, Sam Herzberg, Wayne Phillips, Chris Wolken.

Juli Anderson, James Cannon, Bryan Chen, Derrick Chinn, Meghan Cyr, Rakshya Dahal, Caroline Denen, Shalini Desrouches, Michael Gradus, Elena Guevara, Chelsea Howe, Chandni Jawajiwar, Akuwa Kalu, Chris Lamm, Kranti Malik, Lulu Martine, Lily Ng, Catherine Nguyen, Lucretia Rivera, Cathy Schlechter, Divya Sharma, Zach Wong.

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From the 2017 Indicators Report

The cost of living in the Bay Area has grown over the past 20 years and is now over twice the national average. It has risen by nearly 50% in the past 10 years.

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‟We shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us.”—Winston Churchill