Useful Information for the East Bay area of CA
The East Bay of CA refers to the various cities found along the Eastern shores of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Expanding to include some island communities within both Contra Costa and Alameda County, the East Bay area is home to a population of approximately 2 and a half million people. This makes it the most populous area in the greater San Francisco region.
Some of the cities located here include Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Fremont and Livermore. The railroad arrived here in 1868, and the Oakland Long Wharf and the city of Oakland became a major shipping seaport. The Port of Oakland is now the largest port in the Bay area, and the 5th largest container shipping port in the US.
Home to higher education, the University of California at Berkeley (known as Cal for short) is the largest employer in the area. Known for its liberalism nationwide, it is regarded by many as the finest public University in the world.
Other employers in the area include AT7T, the USPS, Lawrence Livermore Labs and Chevron. Real estate in the area ranges from the almost affordable to some of the most expensive zip codes in the US.
The East Bay has major freeways that enable the population to get almost anywhere, and BART and the Ferries help out as well.
Some of the finest shopping centers and restaurants can be found here, and residents and tourists alike can be found in the many parks, concerts, football and baseball games. Activities include hiking, jogging, kayaking, parasailing, biking- just to name a few. All that the East Bay area has going for it explains why the population has doubled several times over from the early fifties till today, and continues to grow.
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