San Mateo ( SAN mə-TAY-oh; Spanish for '"Saint Matthew"') is a city in San Mateo County, California, about 20 miles (32 km) south of San Francisco, and 31 miles (50 km) northwest of San Jose. San Mateo had an estimated 2019 population of 104,430. It has a Mediterranean climate, and is known for its rich history. The biggest economic contributors to the city include the Medical Center, one of the local school districts, and Sony's Sony Interactive Entertainment division. Finally, being in the center of the San Francisco Bay Area, it has many ways to travel beween the major cities of that area.
San Mateo is filled with history starting from 1856. San Mateo is home to Hillsdale High school, which has one of the best high school football teams. Their logo is the fighting knigts. Documented by Spanish colonists as part of the Rancho de las Pulgas (literally "Ranch of the Fleas") and the Rancho San Mateo, the earliest history is held in the archives of Mission Dolores. In 1789, the Spanish missionaries had named a Native American village along Laurel Creek as Los Laureles or the Laurels (Mission Dolores, 1789).