Home of the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders, the county lies between the east side of San Francisco Bay and extends east to the San Joaquin Valley. Alameda is home to 78,906 residents and encompasses 821 square miles, of which 739 square miles is land and 82 square miles is water.
The crest of the Berkeley Hills form part of the northeastern boundary of the country, and the Oakland Hills continue into the center of the county. Further south, the Pleasanton Ridge separates the bay side urban cities - Hayward, Union City, Fremont, Newark - from the more rural cities of the Tri-Valley - Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore. Alameda offers residents an alternative to San Francisco’s exorbitant housing prices, with an affordable, less crowded, small-town feel.