Community Assessment - Health & Quality of Life in San Mateo
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adult education

evaluations of adult education

The following findings relate to adults and education in the area:

  • San Mateo County is a highly educated community. Over three-fourths (77%) of county survey participants report having some education beyond high school with 31.3% having Bachelor’s degrees and 14.5% holding postgraduate degrees. 264
  • A total of 45.1% of San Mateo County survey respondents state the adult educational opportunities in their community are "excellent" or "very good." By contrast, 12.8% rate the adult educational opportunities in their community as "fair" or "poor." "Fair/poor" evaluations of adult educational opportunities are highest among African-American respondents (21.8%), low-income persons (19.1%) and Asians/Pacific Islanders (18.6%). 265
  • San Mateo County respondents further give a 42.8% "excellent/very good" rating when evaluating how well local higher education prepares students in their fields of training, while 16.2% gave "fair" or "poor" evaluations.266

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utilization of public libraries

  • A total of 72.1% of San Mateo County survey participants have used a local public library at least once in the past year, similar to statewide findings. This percentage rises to 79.7% among households with children, but drops to 55.9% of those living at or below 185% poverty.267

 

computer usage

  • Seven out of 10 San Mateo County respondents (68.7%) currently have a computer at home, significantly higher than the 59.4% found throughout California. Computer ownership is lowest among those living below the 185% poverty threshold (37.4%) and individuals aged 65 or older (43.7%).269

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  • Nearly two-thirds (63.1%) of San Mateo County respondents are "on line," having access to the Internet for personal use, either at work, home, or school. This is significantly higher than the 56% found throughout the state. 270

 


264  1998 San Mateo County Quality of Life Survey. Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County. September 1998.

265  Ibid.

266  Ibid.

267  1998 San Mateo County Quality of Life Survey. Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County. September 1998.

268  Indicators for a Sustainable San Mateo County: A Report Card of Our County’s Quality of Life. Sustainable San Mateo County. May 1998.

269  1998 San Mateo County Quality of Life Survey. Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County. September 1998.

270  Ibid.

 

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