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.
Museums and Art Galleries: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Oakland Museum of California, Chabot Space & Science Center, San Leandro Museum & Art Gallery, Alameda Historical Museum, Oakland Family History Center, Pacific Pinball Museum, Camron-Stanford House, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, Pardee Home, University of California Museum of Paleontology, Lawrence Hall of Science, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, USS Hornet Museum, Museum of Children’s Art