San Ramon, California

San Ramon

View of San Ramon, at the corner of Bollinger Canyon Rd. and San Ramon Valley Blvd. Mount Diablo is in the background on the left.


Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California
San Ramon

Location in the United States

Coordinates: 37°46′48″N 121°58′41″W / 37.78000°N 121.97806°W / 37.78000; -121.97806Coordinates: 37°46′48″N 121°58′41″W / 37.78000°N 121.97806°W / 37.78000; -121.97806
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa
Incorporated July 1, 1983[1]
  Mayor Bill Clarkson[2]
  State senator Steve Glazer (D)[3]
  Assemblymember Catharine Baker (R)[4]
  United States representatives[5] Mark DeSaulnier (D) and Eric Swalwell (D)[6]
  Total 18.077 sq mi (46.819 km2)
  Land 18.061 sq mi (46.778 km2)
  Water 0.016 sq mi (0.042 km2)  0.09%
Elevation[8] 486 ft (148 m)
Population (2012)
  Total 73,927
  Density 4,100/sq mi (1,600/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
  Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes[9] 94582, 94583
Area code 925
FIPS code 06-68378
GNIS feature IDs 1656275, 2411805

San Ramon is a satellite city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is a suburban city 34 miles east of San Francisco, and lies in the San Ramon Valley. San Ramon's population was estimated to be 76,134 in the 2015 US Census,[10] making it the 4th largest city in Contra Costa County, behind Richmond, Concord and Antioch.

San Ramon was ranked the wealthiest city in the nation with nearly two-thirds of its populace earning over $100,000 in 2013.[11] 25% of households make $200,000 or more, per year. There are only 16 cities in the nation where more than 50% of its populace earn over $100,000 a year.[12] In 2016, San Ramon was ranked the #1 safest large city with a population over 60K, in California.[13]

San Ramon is home to the headquarters of the Chevron Corporation, 24-Hour Fitness, the West Coast headquarters of AT&T Inc., The Global Software Center of GE, as well as the San Ramon Medical Center. Major annual events include the Art and Wind Festival on Memorial Day weekend and the Run for Education in October.

On April 24, 2001, San Ramon received the title Tree City USA.[14]


A view of Mount Diablo from San Ramon

San Ramon is adjacent to Danville, California, to the north and Dublin, California, to the south. Unincorporated county lands border San Ramon to the east and west. It is located around 500 feet (150 m) above sea level. Mount Diablo flanks the city to the northeast and is prominently visible from almost all parts of the city. The Las Trampas Regional Wilderness borders San Ramon's extreme northwest, at the northern end of Bollinger Canyon. The smaller Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve straddles San Ramon's western border, located approximately between Interstate 680 and the Alameda County line.

The topography of San Ramon is varied, featuring a mix of the rolling hills of the Diablo Range and the flatter basin of the San Ramon Valley. The city is predominantly urban and residential; however much of the land around the city’s perimeter regions remains undeveloped, and is covered by grasslands and oak tree orchards. During the drier months the grasses are golden; with the precipitation of winter and spring, the grasses turn green, in the late fall and beginning of winter, some trees with all the leaves all fall off and die, and in the late winter and beginning of spring the leaves start growing.


San Ramon’s weather typifies Mediterranean climate, seasonal, and moderate. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are mild, damp and rather short. Its weather is similar to the adjacent cities of Danville, Dublin and Pleasanton. Fog can be infrequent but occurs normally in the western reaches of the city, at the eastern mouth of Crow Canyon, through which marine weather patterns funnel in from the San Francisco Bay via Castro Valley. It usually burns off by mid-to-late morning.

Average January temperatures are a maximum of 58 °F (14 °C) and a minimum of 32 °F (0 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 89 °F (32 °C) and a minimum of 56 °F (13 °C). January is normally the wettest month, averaging 5.20 inches (132 mm) of precipitation. July is usually the driest month, with an average of only 0.06 inches (1.5 mm) of precipitation. Snow is very rare, but Hail occurs sometimes in the winter.

Climate data for San Ramon, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
Average high °F (°C) 58
Average low °F (°C) 36
Record low °F (°C) 18
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.20
Source #1: The Weather Channel [15]
Source #2: MSN Weather [16]


The lands now occupied by the City of San Ramon were formerly inhabited by Seunen people, an Ohlone/Costanoan group who built their homes near creeks. Sometime around 1797 they were taken by Mission San José for use as grazing land. In 1834, they were part of the Rancho San Ramon land grant to José María Amador.[17]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201576,134[18]5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[19]

2010 census

The 2010 United States Census[20] reported that San Ramon had a population of 72,148. The population density was 3,991.1 people per square mile (1,541.0/km²). The racial makeup of San Ramon was 38,639 (53.6%) White, 2,043 (2.8%) African American, 205 (0.3%) Native American, 25,713 (35.6%) Asian, 156 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 1,536 (2.1%) from other races, and 3,856 (5.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,250 persons (8.7%).

The Census reported that 72,073 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 52 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 23 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 25,284 households, out of which 11,988 (47.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 16,318 (64.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,997 (7.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 850 (3.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,067 (4.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 187 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4,682 households (18.5%) were made up of individuals and 1,105 (4.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85. There were 19,165 families (75.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.30.

The population was spread out with 21,351 people (29.6%) under the age of 18, 3,557 people (4.9%) aged 18 to 24, 22,798 people (31.6%) aged 25 to 44, 18,815 people (26.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 5,627 people (7.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

There were 26,222 housing units at an average density of 1,450.6 per square mile (560.1/km²), of which 18,056 (71.4%) were owner-occupied, and 7,228 (28.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.0%. 54,705 people (75.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 17,368 people (24.1%) lived in rental housing units.

The median income for a household in the city was $119,297, and the median income for a family was $132,339. Males had a median income of $97,475 versus $70,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $50,736. About 2.0% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Demographic profile[21][20] 2010
Total Population 72,148 - 100.0%
One Race 68,292 - 94.7%
Not Hispanic or Latino 65,898 - 91.3%
White alone 34,956 - 48.5%
Black or African American alone 1,946 - 2.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 128 - 0.2%
Asian alone 25,531 - 35.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 141 - 0.2%
Some other race alone 146 - 0.2%
Two or more races alone 3,050 - 4.2%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 6,250 - 8.7%

2000 census

As of the census[22] of 2000, there were 44,722 people, 16,944 households, and 12,148 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,491.1/km² (3,862.0/mi²). There were 17,552 housing units at an average density of 585.2/km² (1,515.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.82% White, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 14.94% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.16% from other races, and 3.58% from two or more races. 7.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,944 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $95,856, and the median income for a family was $106,321. Males had a median income of $73,502 versus $50,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $42,336. About 1.4% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.


San Ramon is governed by a four-body City Council composed of individuals elected to four-year overlapping terms in coordination with a two-year elected mayor. On June 30, 2007, police services were provided under contract by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department until July 1, 2007, the city officially took over providing police services.

As of 2014, the elected representatives are Bill Clarkson (Mayor), Harry Sachs (Vice Mayor), Scott Perkins, Phil O'Loane and David Hudson (Council members).[23]

The city of San Ramon is in Contra Costa County.

In the United States House of Representatives, the city is split between California's 11th congressional district, represented by Democrat Mark DeSaulnier and California's 15th congressional district, represented by Democrat Eric Swalwell.[6]


Bishop Ranch #3
The sign marking the Chevron Corporation headquarters
The headquarters of 24-Hour Fitness

Bishop Ranch, a master-planned office park development, with some retail elements, began major construction in the early 1980s, and provides a healthy tax base for the city. Bishop Ranch is situated on 585 acres once owned by Western Electric, and was farmland before that. Current tenants include the corporate headquarters of Chevron Corporation (formerly ChevronTexaco), as well the West Coast headquarters of AT&T Inc. (which had been the headquarters of Pacific Bell from about 1983, when it relocated from downtown San Francisco, until the merger with SBC Communications that created the current AT&T). United Parcel Service has a regional distribution center in Bishop Ranch. Toyota [24] has a regional office and parts distribution center located there. GE Global Research started its Global Software Center in Bishop Ranch in 2011. Bishop Ranch covers the vast majority of "Central San Ramon", which is the large square formed by Freeway 680 on the west, Crow Canyon Road on the north, Iron Horse trail on the east, and Bollinger Canyon Road on the south (though several complexes are south of Bollinger).

ChevronTexaco's headquarters moved from San Francisco to San Ramon in 2001 [25] but 12 years later, 800 jobs were moving to Houston, a quarter of the San Ramon workforce due to high corporate costs and to consolidate existing units in Houston.[26]

Largest employers

According to the City's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[27] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees % of Total City Employment
1 Chevron 3,500 12.28%
2 AT&T Inc. 1,753 6.15%
3 Bank of the West 1,600 5.61%
4 Robert Half International 1,100 3.86%
5 Accenture 750 2.63%
6 Pacific Gas & Electric 604 2.12%
7 San Ramon Regional Medical Center 500 1.75%
8 GE Digital 1000 1.75%
9 Primed Management Consulting 413 1.45%
10 IBM 408 1.45%

Future downtown

The city of San Ramon is planning a new downtown district. In 2014, the city approved the project’s latest design that calls for an animated civic space featuring 350,000 square feet of quality shops, restaurants and a multiscreen movie theater. At the heart of this development would be a one-acre piazza—open to the sky and lined with trees—for outdoor concerts, art exhibits and other public festivities. A grand opening is eyed for spring 2017.[28]


San Ramon's public schools are part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), serving approximately 30,300 students. The city has 11 elementary schools and 4 middle schools. The high schools are California and Dougherty Valley. An alternative K–12 school is operated by the SRVUSD to support home-schooled students: Venture Independent Study School.

California High School was founded in 1973 and ranked 250th best high school in the United States by Newsweek.[29] Dougherty Valley High School is ranked 42nd within California; it is ranked No. 281 in the national rankings and earned a gold medal.[30]

Higher education

Public libraries

The San Ramon Library and Dougherty Station Library branches of the Contra Costa County Library are in San Ramon.[31]

Memorial Park

Memorial Park
Aerial View of Memorial Park, including play area, ball field and BMX track

Originally, this city park, located on a hill overlooking Bollinger Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Blvd., was to be named Alta Mesa Park.[32] During the construction of the park, the City Council voted to change the name to Memorial Park to honor Tom Burnett, a San Ramon resident, and other victims from Flight 93 killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001. A plaque was installed at the base of a lighted flagpole dedicated to those victims and the surrounding meadow is part of the city’s memorial tree program dedicated to local residents who have perished. The park was dedicated on September 11, 2002.[33]

This 16 acre park includes a play area, a BMX course, a picnic area, a bocce ball court, horseshoe courts, a ball field, a dog park, rest rooms and water fountains (including a doggy water fountain). The play area has two big play structures, one for ages 2–5 and another for ages 5–12.[34][35]

Points of interest

David Glass House at Forest Home Farms
Museums and historic sites
  • Athan Downs
  • Bellingham Square Park
  • Bollinger Canyon School Park
  • Boone Acres Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Compass Point Park
  • Country Club School Park
  • Country Fair Park
  • Coyote Creek School Park
  • Coyote Crossing Park
  • Crow Canyon Gardens
  • East Branch Park
  • Golden View School Park
  • Hidden Crest Park
  • Hidden Hills School Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Mill Creek Hollow
  • Monarch
  • Montevideo School Park
  • Neil Armstrong School Park
  • Old Ranch Park
  • Piccadilly Square Park
  • Pine Valley School Park
  • Ramona Park
  • Rancho San Ramon Community Park
  • Red Willow Park
  • San Ramon Central Park
  • Senior Center Park
  • Souyen Park
  • Valley View Park
  • Village Green Park
  • Walt Disney School Park


Local bus service in the San Ramon Valley is provided primarily by County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, or CCCTA).

The major freeway in the area is Interstate 680.

Notable people

See also


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