About Alameda County

Alameda County, California, was established in 1853. The County was created from the territory of two counties created in 1850: Contra Costa and Santa Clara. It was given the local name for the region, Alameda, which translated loosely as “a grove of poplars.” The County enjoys a varied geography ranging from urban marinas to rolling open spaces to hillside lakes and streams. Alameda is the seventh most populous county in California, and has 14 incorporated cities and several unincorporated communities. The total population is estimated to be 1,510,271 as of April 2010, a 4.6% increase from April 2000. During the same time period, California’s population rose 10%. Oakland is the seat of County government and the largest city.

Sport Teams: Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders

Museums and Art Galleries: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film ArchiveOakland Museum of CaliforniaChabot Space & Science CenterSan Leandro Museum & Art Gallery, Alameda Historical Museum, Oakland Family History Center, Pacific Pinball MuseumCamron-Stanford HouseAfrican American Museum & Library at OaklandDunsmuir Hellman Historic EstatePardee HomeUniversity of California Museum of PaleontologyLawrence Hall of ScienceMagnes Collection of Jewish Art and LifePhoebe A. Hearst Museum of AnthropologyUSS Hornet MuseumMuseum of Children’s Art

Concert Halls: Paramount Theater, The Fox, Oakland Arena

Theme Parks and Venues: Aqua Adventure Fremont Water Park, Alameda County Fair, Children’s FairylandSpeer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch,