Where is Alameda County?
Alameda County primarily encompasses what we refer to as East Bay. It stretches from the eastern bayshore across the Diablo range and ending near the San Joaquin Basin.
The county is made up of 6 unincorporated communities and 14 cities, including Berkley, Fremont, Oakland, San Leandro, Union City, Alameda, Emeryville, Hayward, Newark, Union City, Albany, and the Tri-Valley region which includes Pleasanton, Dublin, and Livermore. Oakland is the county seat and the most populous city in this area.
There are many distinctive communities across the county, including the beautiful historic neighborhoods on the island of Alameda, vibrant urban Oakland, Berkley’s thriving college-scene, to new suburban tracts and ranches surrounded by natural open space along the foothills and inland areas.
Microclimates can be found across the Bay Area. In general cities along the bay enjoy a temperate maritime climate, but cross over the mountain range and the more inland areas of the county recieve more extreme weather, especially during the peak summer heat.
Work and Play
Major employers in the region include the many universities across the area, health care including a number of hospitals and research labs, transit and utilities providers such as BART and PG&E. While the name Silicon Valley generally refers to the South Bay, neighboring parts of Alameda County, such as Fremont, are often included and the region is home to high-tech employers like Dell and Western Digital. But when the workday is over, Alameda County knows how to have fun!
Art and history lovers will enjoy the various museums and venues celebrating East Bay’s rich culture and heritage. Epicurians can appreciate everything from fine dining to food truck feasts, or enjoy touring some breweries or the St. George distillery. The community enjoys a thriving performing arts scene, whether you want to take in a symphony, stand up comedy, or some indie rock bands. The Oakland Coliseum was home of the Raiders for decades, and fans can catch MLB and soccer there as well. The Oakland Zoo is a great trip for the whole family with an impressive menagerie!
Outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate the hundreds of thousands of acres of open space and parkland, with miles and miles of trails through oak groves, rolling hills, wildflower preserves, and shoreline. Or residents and visitors alike can take it easy on Alameda’s sandy beaches which draw kite-fliers and sunbathers.