Introduction to Newark, California

Newark, California, in Alameda county, is 3 miles SW of Fremont, California (center to center) and 15 miles NW of San Jose, California. It's part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The western boundary of Newark is close to the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay. Newark, Fremont and Union City are known as the "Tri-Cities." San Francisco is about thirty minutes away. The municipality has a culturally diverse population. Some of the major employers are Cargill Salt, LTD Ceramics, World Pac, ADVO, Risk Management Solutions, Corporate Express, GE Security and Full Bloom Baking Company. Electronics is a primary industry.

Newark History

The city was named in tribute to the castle "Newark" in Port Glasgow, Scotland. During the 1850's the city became a prominent salt producing center. In 1876 Alfred Davis, a San Francisco businessman and Jim Fair finished the South Pacific Coast Railroad from Dumbarton Point to Santa Cruz. A railroad station, railroad shop and a roundhouse were constructed in Newark and were soon followed by the construction of hotels, a variety of stores and manufacturing facilities. It was also home to a railroad car manufacturing company. Newark was expected to be part of the city of Fremont but the community decided to become an independent municipality when they learned it was going to be the industrial center of Fremont. The city was incorporated in 1955.

Newark Attractions

  • Ardenwood Historic Farm includes a Victorian mansion and it's a working farm.
  • Newark Days is a popular event.
  • Newpark Mall is a prominent shopping destination.
  • The Grove is home to summer concerts.

Newark Activities

Newark has numerous parks for outdoor activities. The nearby South San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is popular with nature enthusiasts. The Mission Peak Regional Preserve and the Coyote Hills are notable areas for hiking. The Alameda Creek Regional Trail connects the Bay shoreline with the scenic Niles Canyon. The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Tidelands Trail is an easy hike and includes a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. Half Moon Bay, Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park are nearby. Families enjoy the close by Great America Amusement Park and the San Francisco and Oakland professional sports teams. The Silliman Family Aquatic Center is a prominent indoor facility. The Lake Area is a man-made lake and is an excellent location for taking walks and includes a vast number of ducks and geese.

Newark Transportation

Air travel is provided at the San Jose International Airport. The AC Transit offers bus services.

Newark Higher Education

The city is home to a campus of Ohlone College. Cal State Hayward and San Jose State University are nearby.


Total Population 44,207
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 15,414
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 52.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.8%
Median Earnings25+ $46,337
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,776
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,331


Median Family Income $90,318
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.7%


People Living Alone 15.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,632
Median House Value $492,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.6%
Irish 6.3%

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

Newark Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Fremont, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles NW of San Jose, California
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94560
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.529
Longitude -122.039

Newark Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1 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 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 42 to 73 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 79 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Palo Alto 29,198 $51,685
Fremont 225,221 $115,269
Hayward 152,401 $70,951
Menlo Park 33,064 $160,378
Palo Alto 66,478 $175,336
Union City 72,690 $93,861

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

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