Castro Valley, California

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Castro Valley, California

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.

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High Points

Castro Valley strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 12% Castro Valley Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Castro Valley Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Castro Valley People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Castro Valley Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Castro Valley Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Castro Valley Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Castro Valley, California

Comparing Castro Valley to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 6
Senior Citizens 8 8
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 5
Average Household Size 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 9
College Educated Adults 7 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
People Living Alone 4 6
Housing Recently Built 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 3

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Castro Valley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 57,292 100%
Male 27,844 48.6%
Female 29,448 51.4%
Under 18 13,594 23.7%
18+ 43,698 76.3%
65+ 8,395 14.7%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 3.05
White 40,587 70.8%
African-American 2,946 5.1%
Asian 7,757 13.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 336 0.6%
Other 2,355 4.1%
Mixed Race 3,057 5.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,984 12.2%

Castro Valley Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.1%
German 9.1%
Italian 8.2%
English 7.8%
Irish 6.9%
Portuguese 5.4%
US/American 3.3%
European 2.2%
Norwegian 1.7%
Scottish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Russian 1.5%
Swedish 1.4%
Polish 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Danish 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Romanian 0.6%
Iranian 0.5%
Afghan 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Castro Valley 57,292 $73,060
Alameda 72,259 $68,625
Dublin 29,973 $83,123
Hayward 140,030 $54,712
San Leandro 79,452 $60,266
San Ramon 44,722 $106,321
Union City 66,869 $74,910

Castro Valley Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(510) 537-1234
Emergency Service: Yes

(510) 537-1234
Emergency Service: No

Starbucks in Castro Valley

(As of 2005)
20663 Rustic Drive
Castro Valley & Lake Chabot
2720 Castro Valley Blvd
Grove & Center
22095 Grove Way
20629 Redwood Rd.
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Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

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Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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Student/teacher ratio: 6

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