Fremont straddles the East Bay-West Bay regions of the San Francisco Bay Area. Belonging to the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area, Fremont offers great access to Silicon Valley, Hayward, Oakland, and San Francisco. It is the fourth most populous city in the metro, with around 233,000 residents.
As with most communities in the East Bay, Fremont has seen continued growth as workers in the region’s booming tech sector look for more affordable but accessible housing options outside of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Fremont was ranked first by Sizeup.com in the number of startups per capita. However, the city’s economy is firmly anchored on industrial businesses. Fremont is home to over half of the industrial and flex buildings in the metro, and automobile maker Tesla is its largest employer. Other major employers include Seagate Technology and an Amazon distribution center.
The majority of Fremont residents are blue-collar employees, and only a little over 20% of the population have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- The median age in Fremont is 36.8 years
- About 42% of residents are renters
- The median household income from 2013 to 2017 was $122,191
- Fremont’s central location provides easy access to the San Jose Airport, Oakland Airport, San Francisco Airport, and the Port of Oakland
- The population is highly diverse, with Asian making up more than half of the ethnic distribution
- Fremont is served by Interstates 680 and 880
- Altamont Commuter Express, Amtrak Capitol Corridor, and BART all serve the city, with eight BART stations providing service to commuters
- The city is building a Downtown area from scratch, encompassing around 110 acres within the City Center and housing pedestrian-friendly commercial, retail, and residential units