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Overview

Introduction to Castro Valley, California

Castro Valley is an unincorporated community located in Alameda County, California, about 27 miles southeast of San Francisco and 30 miles northwest of San Jose. It is bordered by San Leandro (to the northwest), Union City (to the south), and Dublin (to the east). Interstate I-580 services Castro Valley, which is also very close to Interstate I-880. The community is also serviced by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system), which has a station in Castro Valley.

Named after Don Guillermo Castro, a local rancher who once owned the 28,000-acre ranch encompassing what later was to become Castro Valley, the community was originally inhabited by the Ohlone Indians. By the early 1900s, one of the most notable periods in Castro Valley's history began when chicken ranching was introduced to the area. Small hatcheries built in the early part of the century were by the 1920s producing several thousand chicks per week. By mid-century, larger and more modern hatcheries featuring automatic incubators with turning racks boosted weekly production to the tens of thousands. By the 1960s, production slowed, giving way to real estate development and housing tracts. Castro Valley today has developed into a bedroom community, whose residents commute to jobs in the surrounding communities.

Castro Valley Area Attractions

Castro Valley is ideally located less than a half hour from some of the finest attractions the San Francisco Bay area has to offer. Closer to home, the community boasts the Adobe Art Center, a public gallery which opened its doors in 1978 to serve artists in Castro Valley and its neighboring communities of Hayward, San Lorenzo, and San Leandro. The gallery currently displays approximately nine exhibits per year, which include group exhibits, student art exhibits, children's art, and Senior art festivals. Also offered periodically throughout the year are several smaller invitational exhibits. For outdoor recreation, Castro Valley residents and visitors can enjoy Cull Canyon Park, a popular swimming complex which also features fishing and picnicking.

People

Total Population 62,044
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 29,368
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 54.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.2%
Median Earnings25+ $51,648
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,653
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,354

Wealth

Median Family Income $98,505
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,399
Median House Value $556,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.8%
Irish 7.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Castro Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles SE of Oakland, California
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94546, 94552
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.694
Longitude -122.085

Castro Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station UPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
Station NEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station REDWOOD CITY
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alameda 76,733 $96,889
Dublin 52,063 $133,080
Hayward 152,401 $70,951
San Leandro 88,329 $75,493
San Ramon 74,571 $148,734
Union City 72,690 $93,861

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Castro Valley Hospitals

EDEN MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
20103 LAKE CHABOT ROAD
(510) 537-1234
Emergency Service: Yes

LAUREL GROVE HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
19933 LAKE CHABOT RD
(510) 537-1234
Emergency Service: No

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Castro Valley High Schools

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CASTRO VALLEY HIGH
19400 SANTA MARIA AVE.
510-537-5910
Serves 2,568 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

REDWOOD ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
18400 CLIFTON WAY
510-537-3193
Serves 219 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

REDWOOD CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL
18400 CLIFTON WAY
510-537-3193
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

JOHNSON (ROY A.) HIGH (SPECIAL ED)
4430 ALMA AVE.
510-537-3000
A Special Education School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

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