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Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population was 11,324 as of the 2010 census. Immediately at the north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Harbor and the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea. The urban area had a population of 20,713 at the same census.


Just a few miles away from San Francisco is the beachside town of Half Moon Bay. All along the crescent shaped bay, you will see beaches and commercial activities in the harbour. The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve protects a collection of plants and animals living close to the sea. In winter, you will be able to watch the migration of thousands of whales from a cruise. Most of the scenic beaches around Half Moon Bay are located along Highway 1. The seaside town plays host to the annual Art and Pumpkin Festival. The bay also sees the Classics by the Sea Car Show sometime in summer. Surfing is a widely-practiced sport here so if you can surf, you will have a gala time in the waters near the bay. Head to Half Moon Bay for a weekend of fun and the sun.


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Facts and Stats for Half Moon Bay*

  • Pollution Statistics in Half Moon Bay

    Know the pollution level of Half Moon Bay before you plan your visit.

    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
  • Half Moon Bay: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Half Moon Bay for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Half Moon Bay.

    • Burglary and Theft 30 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 10 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 60 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 65 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40 (Moderate)
  • Living in Half Moon Bay - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 68.13 (High)
    • Pollution Index 10.34 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 55 (High)
    • Health Care Index 74.07 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.69 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Half Moon Bay

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Half Moon Bay

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 61.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 44.67 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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