ABOUT SAN RAMON
The City of San Ramon is considered a premier residential community in the San Francisco Bay Area. People come to San Ramon for its beautiful vistas, fine weather, good schools, attractive parks, and access to work. Some of the best of what Northern California has to offer in recreation, entertainment, leisure, and more, is less than an hour a way in any direction. It’s located on 18.5 square miles in Contra Costa County, about 25 miles east of Oakland in the scenic San Ramon Valley, between Danville to the north and Dublin to the south.
Incorporated in 1983, San Ramon’s population has tripled to more than 74,000 since that time. Just a few decades before incorporation, “San Ramon Village” had a population in the hundreds living amidst orchards and grazing land. The arrival of Interstate 680 in 1966, and later the development of Bishop Ranch Office Park in 1982, one of the largest business parks in the region, and the San Ramon Regional Medical Center in 1990, contributed to San Ramon’s rapid growth. The ranches and farms were transformed into attractive housing communities.
Bishop Ranch is home to 550 companies representing more than 30 industries, and includes offices for some of the major corporations in the world, such as Chevron, AT&T, and IBM. The 580-acre office park with 5.9 million square feet of office space is also home to start-ups and growing companies in areas like social software and clean tech. More than 30,000 employees enjoy a wide array of amenities offered at the park, including an award winning transportation program, fun and entertaining on-going and annual events, childcare referrals, business seminars, access to medical services, and more. There’s also more than 4 million square feet of retail and lodging space located within the park.
The city is poised to create a dynamic City Center along Bollinger Canyon Road at Camino Ramon, through a partnership with Bishop Ranch’s owner, Sunset Development Company. The plan calls for a new city hall and library, as well as 2.1 million of square feet of leasable space, including office and retail, near the city’s Central Park. Through the City Center, San Ramon will achieve a community-gathering place, long desired by residents since incorporation.
San Ramon offers residents a wide array of recreational opportunities at its 54 parks, three community centers, and two aquatic centers. More than 20 trails are located within the city, including The Iron Horse Trail, a regional multi-use trail that once was the right-of-way for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The city borders the Bishop Ranch Regional and Sycamore Valley open spaces, along with Tassajara Regional Park. It’s a short drive to Mt. Diablo State Park, and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, among other regional recreational areas. There are three golf courses inside San Ramon, as well as the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, right on the cities northern border.
Cultural opportunities in San Ramon include the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, where Grammy winning musicians perform, as well as top rated dance troupes, and orchestras. It’s also where San Ramon’s Community Theatre presents plays and musicals, Improv U puts on improv nights, and other local bands and choruses entertain. The Children’s Series presents popular family-friendly performances throughout the year.
All of these features contribute to the high quality of life enjoyed by San Ramon residents and visitors.
• Region: San Ramon Valley
• Size: 18.5 square miles
• Temperature: average high of 76° in summer; average low of 41° in winter
• Residential Population: 74,378
• Median Household Income: $119,297
• Education: 58.3 percent earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
• Elementary, Middle and High Schools: 17
• Community College: 1
• Libraries: 2
• Golf Courses: 3
• Parks: 54
• Regional Medical Center: 1
• Restaurants: 90+
• Major Hotels: 6
There are several public and private schools in San Ramon that offer excellent education, sports facilities and extracurricular activities. The public schools are run by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) which is known for its high-performing schools.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District includes the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, and San Ramon (including the new Dougherty Valley communities) as well as a small portion of the cities of Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. There are 35 schools in the district which serves more than 30,000 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.
The students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District students are taught a Standards-based curriculum including learning language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Rigorous physical education, health, foreign language, technology, and visual and performing arts programs are also offered to students. Students graduating from district high schools are required to have earned 240 designated credits.
Academically, SRVUSD currently ranks 6th among all unified school districts in California, and is the highest ranking unified school district in the state with enrollments of 9,000 or more (California Academic Performance Index). Over 94% of graduating seniors attend college or university, and district students are accepted into the University of California and the California State University systems at rates far exceeding state averages. The district has received the State Department of Education’s Distinguished Schools Award (schools in the district have received this honor more than 50 times, more than any other district in northern California), and recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon Schools.
There are 18 preschools, 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools in San Ramon. Of these 18 are public schools and 19 are private schools. San Ramon’s public schools rate a 10 out of 10 on the Great Schools site based on its public school tests. To find out more about Great Schools’ ratings, please read the ratings criteria on its website.
San Ramon is a beautiful and family-friendly city in the San Ramon Valley in San Contra Costa County in California. The city is located several miles east of Oakland, in the large east bay suburb of San Francisco. San Ramon is close enough for many people to commute to San Francisco or to San Jose for work.
San Ramon stands out as a modern and rapidly growing city. It has beautiful homes, spacious parks, businesses, and facilities. Real estate is affordable and draws both young and older families who can enjoy all the facilities and public amenities the city has to offer, but can still be away from a major metropolitan center.
The city of San Ramon belongs to the Central County, incorporated places of Contra Costa County. In 2010 the U.S. Census recorded San Ramon’s population at 72,148, making it the fourth largest city in Contra Costa County, after Richmond, Concord, and Antioch.
San Ramon is a diverse city. Its demographic represents a rich cross-section of population, employment, and opportunities.
San Ramon’s average household size is 2.85 persons. Median age for the city is 37 years of age. The largest increase of age groups over the last 10 years is in the 24 and under age group showing an increase in younger families in the city of San Ramon. The next largest and almost identical sized age range was for people 25-44 years of age, followed by minors 17 years and younger. Those 45 to 64 years of age were the fourth largest group. Senior citizens 65 years and older were less than 10% of San Ramon’s population.
The racial and ethnic mix of San Ramon is diverse. More than half the residents identified themselves as Caucasian or White. Asians and Pacific Islanders were the second largest group followed by the Hispanic, African-American, and other groups. Many people identified themselves as belonging to two or more racial groups.
The median household income is $119,297. More than 60% of households had incomes over $100,000. Registered voters counted in at 33,727 persons.
There are significantly more home owners than renters living in San Ramon. The number of homes owned was 18,056, while homes occupied by renters numbered at 7,228. The average price of a house sale was $576,500. The median rental rate per month was $1,569.
More than 75% of owner-occupied homes are over $500,000. Only eight percent of homeowners live in homes valued at more than $1 million.
The demographic trend in San Ramon shows strong growth. In 2009, San Ramon had 63,200 residents. Between 2000 and 2009, there was a strong upward trend and this growth is expected to continue through 2030. Data suggests that San Ramon will possibly see a population growth of 34% while the nation will see a 17% growth, while the Bay Area will see its population grow by 19%.
San Ramon showed a population growth from 2000 to 2009 of 41%.
Sources: US Census, 2000; CA Dept of Finance, 2009; Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Projections 2009.