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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population62,825
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+30,333
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married55.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.4%
Median Earnings25+$53,983
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,038
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,634

Wealth

Median Family Income$101,100
% Above Poverty Level93.1%
% Below Poverty Level6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation10.2%

Housing

People Living Alone22%
Median Gross Rent$1,454
Median House Value$591,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.3%
Irish8.1%
English6.4%
Italian5.7%
Portuguese3.6%
French Except Basque2.1%
Scottish1.9%
Russian1.5%
Swedish1.2%
Polish1.2%
African1.1%
Greek1.1%
Arab0.9%
Norwegian0.9%
Romanian0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Egyptian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Afghan)0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
South African0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Castro Valley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Alameda County
Standard Zip Codes94546, 94552
Phone Area Codes510
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.7
Approximate Longitude-122.08

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)

StationUPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance6.7 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp54 to 75 F
Oct Temp52 to 73 F
Annual Precip26.3 inches
StationNEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 68 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp54 to 74 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches
StationREDWOOD CITY
Distance16.7 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp45 to 70 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip20.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alameda77,409$104,145
Dublin54,523$141,035
Hayward154,507$73,165
San Leandro89,039$76,704
San Ramon74,366$153,296
Union City73,500$98,499

Castro Valley Hospitals

Eden Medical Center
(Non-profit)
20103 Lake Chabot Road

Castro Valley Public Schools

Alma Preschool
4400 Alma Ave.
ZIP: 94546
Castro Valley Elementary
20185 San Miguel Ave.
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Castro Valley High
19400 Santa Maria Ave.
ZIP: 94546
High
Total Enrollment 2977
Chabot Elementary
19104 Lake Chabot Rd.
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Creekside Middle
19722 Center St.
ZIP: 94546
Middle
Total Enrollment 788
Golden Oak Montessori Of Hayward
2652 Vergil Ct
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 209
Marshall Elementary
20111 Marshall St.
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Proctor Elementary
17520 Redwood Rd.
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Redwood Continuation High
18400 Clifton Way
ZIP: 94546
High
Total Enrollment 129
Roy A. Johnson High
4430 Alma Ave.
ZIP: 94546
High
Total Enrollment 28
Special Education-preschool-laurel
2652 Vergil Ct.
ZIP: 94546
Stanton Elementary
2644 Somerset Ave.
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Strobridge Elementary
21400 Bedford Dr.
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Vannoy Elementary
5100 Vannoy
ZIP: 94546
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Canyon Middle
19600 Cull Canyon Rd.
ZIP: 94552
Middle
Total Enrollment 1400
Independent Elementary
21201 Independent Sch Rd.
ZIP: 94552
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Jensen Ranch Elementary
20001 Carson Ln.
ZIP: 94552
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Palomares Elementary
6395 Palo Verde Rd.
ZIP: 94552
Primary
Total Enrollment 142

Castro Valley Private Schools

Anchor Education
19234 Lake Chabot Rd
ZIP: 94546
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Camelot School
2330 Pomar Vista Ave
ZIP: 94546
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Early Bird Montessori School
4779 Heyer Ave
ZIP: 94546
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Our Lady Of Grace School
3427 Somerset Ave
ZIP: 94546
Elementary
Total Enrollment 209
Redwood Christian School
19300 Redwood Rd
ZIP: 94546
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 605
Montessori School At Five Canyons
22781 Canyon Ct
ZIP: 94552
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
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