The Campanil at UC Berkeley overlooking part of Alameda County.
Alameda County's rich diversity in landscape, culture, industry, and ethnicities is one of its key features. Stretching from San Francisco Bay in the west to the East Bay hills and fertile wine country in the east, Alameda County's 738 square miles are home to more than 1.5 million people who live in urban centers (such as Oakland and Berkeley), smaller cities, suburbs, and rural communities.
As of the 2010 census, he population was 1,510,271, making it the 7th-most populous county in the state of California, and 20th most populous nationally. The county seat is Oakland. Alameda County is included in the San Francisco Bay Area, occupying much of the East Bay region.
The county has a total area of 821 square miles, of which 739 square miles is land and 82 square miles is water. The San Francisco Bay borders the county on the west.
The crest of the Berkeley Hills form part of the northeastern boundary and reach into the center of the county. A coastal plain several miles wide lines the bay; and is Oakland's most populous region.
Livermore Valley lies in the eastern part of the county. Amador Valley abuts the western edge of Livermore Valley and continues west to the Pleasanton Ridge.
Grizzly Peak in the Berkeley Hills
The Campanil at UC Berkeley overlooking the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.
UC Berkeley Flagship Campus
The Alameda County Office of Education oversees seventeen K–12 school districts and one K–8 district in Alameda County. In all, there are approximately 10,000 teachers serving 225,000 students. The ACOE also services three community college districts with a total enrollment of approximately 55,000 students.
Alameda County is home to the University of California, Berkeley, the flagship campus of the University of California system, and one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the world.
There are more than 350 parks located within the county.
The East Bay Regional Park District operates within Alameda and neighboring Contra Costa County, with numerous parks within the county, including Tilden Regional Park, Redwood Regional Park, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Coyote Hills Regional Park, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and Vargas Plateau Regional Park.
Eastshore State Park is located partially along the bay shore of northern Alameda County. The San Francisco Bay Trail, a project of the Association of Bay Area Governments, will run along the bay shore of the county.
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is the largest special park district in California.
Wildcat Canyon Park
Redwoods at Tilden Park
Bay Island Bike Drawbridge
NFL & MLB Games
Their own "mini" wine country
Inventing Peanut Butter & Popsicles
The Matrix & What Dreams May Come
The Spite House
The Haunted USS Hornet
Being the most racially-diverse region in America
you'll love it here if you...
Can't decide between a big city life or a quiet country home.
Love to hike & explore nature.
Want a warmer climate than the peninsula offers.
Love a variety of cuisines.
Coast Guard Island
5 largest employers
Oakland Unified School District
San Ramon Unified School District
Hayward Unified School District
Lawrence Livermore Labs
Cal State East Bay
UC Berkeley School of Law
Holy Names University
John F. Kennedy University
NW Polytechnic University
Samuel Merritt University
USS Hornet Museum & Overnight
Livermore Wine Country
Golden Gate Fields
Oakland International Airport
ACE / AC
Union City Transit
state & national parks
Don Edwards SF Bay Wildlife Refuge
East Bay Regional Parks District
Del Valle Regional Park
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Black Diamond Mines Regional Park
Briones Regional Park
Las Trampas Regional Park
Tilden Regional Park
Anthony Chabot Regional Park
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