Introduction to Fremont, California
Incorporated in 1956 as a merger of five localities, Fremont is the 14th largest city in California. The city is home to 200,000 inhabitants. Freemont is part of the combined metropolitan areas of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, which has a population of about 7 million people. Fremont is located in the northern part of the state, about 35 miles southeast of San Francisco.
Beginning as Mission San José in 1797, Fremont was an agricultural community in the 1800's. It grew rapidly during the Gold Rush of the mid 1800's, and again in the mid 1900's when General Motors built an automobile plant. Its most recent growth occurred in the 1980's and 1990's as it rode the high technology wave.
In 1997 Fremont received the "All-America City Award" conferred by the National Civic League.
Precipitation is about 15 inches per year. Temperatures reach 90 degrees about 20 days of the year. July daily highs average in the mid 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while lows average in the high 50's. January daily highs average around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows average near 40 degrees.
Located within the Silicon Valley, Fremont has a large manufacturing base, much of it associated with electronics. Large employers include the NUMMI auto manufacturing plant, a General Motors/Toyota joint-venture, and Lam Research Corporation, a semiconductor processing equipment maker.
Arts and Leisure
Cultural, historical, and other leisure attractions include:
- The Fremont Festival of the Arts
- The Fremont Symphony Orchestra
- The Museum of Local History
- The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
- The Mission San Jose and Museum
- The Hiking Trails in Mission Peak
- Professional sports teams in the bay area
- Many other attractions in the San Francisco metropolitan area