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East Bay (Alameda & Contra Costa Counties)

With the expansion of the Bay Area's population and infrastructure, the East Bay has grown to include all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and even some farther outlying cities. This expansive area includes some of the best cultural attractions the Bay Area has to offer – great food, music, sporting events, and museums.

The East Bay is the birthplace of many musical acts, and counts The Pointer Sisters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Counting Crows, and Green Day among them. The region is also home to a number of music and sports venues, including the Oakland Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors; McAfee Coliseum, home of the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders; and the Oakland Paramount Theater, venue for the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

The communities that make up the East Bay boast some of the most charming downtowns in the Bay Area. You can stroll the impressive array of restaurants, cafes, antique shops, and boutiques in historic downtown Pleasanton, or enjoy luxury shopping in Walnut Creek. Visitors and residents of the East Bay can enjoy many of the restaurants central to the creation of California Cuisine, including Alice Waters’s iconic Chez Panisse. The East Bay also boasts major museums, with the Oakland Museum of California, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Chabot Space and Science Center all calling the East Bay home.

Like many parts of the Bay Area, the East Bay is a mecca for innovation. The region is served by a number of both public and private universities including Saint Mary's College, Mills College, and the University of California, Berkeley, and the area is also headquarters to a number of highly notable businesses, including Disney’s Pixar, Kaiser Permanente, Chevron, and Safeway.

With San Francisco just a short BART ride away, and Sonoma and Napa wine country close by, the East Bay truly enjoys a location at the heart of it all. Whether you live and work in the East Bay or commute to Silicon Valley or the city, those who call the East Bay home enjoy the secret treasures that it has to offer.


San Ramon


Located in beautiful Contra Costa County, San Ramon is both a bedroom community and major employment center. Over 580 acres of orchard land was transformed into the Bishop Ranch Business Park, which houses the corporate offices of such giants as AT&T, IBM, Chevron, and Bank of America, supplying San Ramon with a rich economic base. The Iron Horse Regional Trails give the residents miles of supreme views and charming glimpses of the East Bay as they walk or bike through its scenic terrain. A highlight for most residents is the annual San Ramon Arts and Wine Festival with artisans and wares from all over the Bay Area. Scenic beauty, good climate and suburban charm, make San Ramon Contra Costa County's finest gem. 


Pleasanton


With a town motto of "The City of Planned Progress," charming Pleasanton maintains its small town appeal despite having grown rapidly in recent years, with traditional shops, the Pleasanton arch, and historic Pleasanton Hotel blending gracefully with modern developments and thriving industrial parks. Pleasanton is home to many local landmarks such as Hearst Ranch and the Pleasanton Race Track, and also hosts the annual Alameda County Fair. The town exudes a welcoming spirit, offering many community events year-round including parades, Saturday morning farmers' markets, Friday Concerts in the Park series, and the popular First Wednesday celebrations, when Main Street is blocked to traffic and adopts a street fair atmosphere.


Dublin


Dublin is a suburban city in the East Bay region of Alameda County. It takes its name heritage seriously with many of its establishments and events cloaked in rich Irish traditions. Whether it is ice skating at Dublin Irish Skating Rink or enjoying the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade, Dublin celebrates green with pride. Dubbed "The Crossroads" because of its central location between Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, San Jose and Interstates 580 and 680, it is within arm's length of all that the East Bay has to offer. Its Waterfront Retail Center provides residents with ample shopping opportunities and its quaint and historic downtown has many preserved historical sites including a school, general store, and church dating back to the 1800's. The Diablo Country Club is set within the center of Dublin's posh and open terrain, expressing an air of tranquility and down-home comfort that can only be found in Dublin.

Population: 57,040 | Growth: 10.8% from 2010-2014

Housing Units: 17,790 | Median Value: $335,212

Median Household Income: $80,662 as of 2014

Average Household Size: 3.2



Brentwood


Beginning as a farming community in the late 1800's, Brentwood is an inviting town nestled in eastern Contra Costa County. Although the city has become increasingly residential since the early 1990's, Brentwood is still known throughout the Bay Area for the vegetables and fruits produced in the area, primarily its cherries, corn and peaches. The community celebrates its agricultural heritage with local festivals, namely the summertime Cornfest, and numerous "u-pick" opportunities at local farms where locals and tourists can pick their own produce. The town's proximity to the San Joaquin Delta, a vast network of waterways spanning over 1,000 miles in length, makes it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors and residents can spend the afternoon fishing, boating, and water skiing on the delta before retiring to cozy downtown Brentwood to dine at one of the city's numerous restaurants, take in a movie at the local theater or browse the small shops lining the street. From its agricultural roots to its fabulous location near the delta, lovely Brentwood has something to suit every taste.

Population: 52,105 | Growth: 14.5% from 2010-2015

Housing Units: 16,849 | Median Value: $654,447

Median Household Income: $111,379 as of 2015

Average Household Size: 2.74 as of 2015

Population: 77,682 | Growth: 10.5% from 2010-2014

Housing Units: 26.053 | Median Value: $709,400

Median Household Income: $118,317 as of 2013

Average Household Size: 2.86 as of 2013

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Population: 75,332 | Growth: 4.3% from 2010-2014

Housing Units: 26,222 | Median Value: $692,000

Median Household Income: $127,313 as of 2013

Average Household Size: 2.91 as of 2013

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