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East Bay

The East Bay is the most populous sub-region of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. It includes the cities found along the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, as well as several inland communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. As of 2010, the area has a total population of nearly 2.5 million.

The largest city in the East Bay is Oakland – the seat of Alameda County. With a population of roughly 425,000, Oakland plays a central role in the growth and development of the sub-region. A substantial part of the market’s growth is anchored around Oakland’s, which has been considerable in recent years.

While job growth in the East Bay has been lower compared to San Francisco and San Jose, the sub-region registered the highest population growth among all Bay Area markets. More affordable housing costs and accessibility to San Francisco are greatly contributing to the influx of new residents.

Employees of San Jose and Silicon Valley-based companies are also moving to cities in the southern portion of East Bay, trading in a shorter commute for lower housing costs. And with BART’s Silicon Valley rail extension in the pipeline, the demand for shelter in the East Bay is likely to increase even further.

Quick facts:

  • Counties in the East Bay are landing points for all vehicular crossings along San Francisco Bay. Numerous interstates and state highways serve the sub-region
  • AC Transit is the East Bay’s major bus service, encompassing Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • BART takes commuters to San Francisco’s Financial District in approximately 15 minutes
  • The Port of Oakland is the busiest port in Northern California
  • Oakland is home to Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, and Dryer’s Ice Cream, as well as numerous tech start-ups and green energy companies

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