OUR REGION

The East Bay is home to one of the world’s most dynamic economies and fastest growing regions in the U.S. We are the most populous and geographically diverse region of the Bay Area. Download our one-page summary & map to learn more.

ABOUT THE EAST BAY

The East Bay is the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, which comprises Alameda and Contra Costa counties. With a population of approximately 2.8 million, it is the most populous and geographically diverse subregion in the Bay Area. Our largest cities include Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Richmond, Concord, and Berkeley. The East Bay’s diverse and family-friendly communities, attractions and outdoor recreation, make it the ideal place to live, work and do business.

The Bay Area and beyond draws from the East Bay’s highly educated and skilled workforce. We are home to UC Berkeley, California State University-East Bay, and numerous community colleges, giving employers direct access to highly skilled and abundant talent. People and businesses alike are drawn to the East Bay for its affordable real estate and high quality of life. Some of our major companies include Bayer, Clorox, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Lam Research, Pixar, Safeway, Workday, Tesla, 10x Genomics, and many more.

2.8M+

2021 Regional Population

1.2M+

2020 Regional Employment

$238B

2021 Gross Regional Product

INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

The East Bay’s innovative ecosystem encourages a strong talent pipeline that helps businesses to grow and thrive. We are home to world-class institutions that provide a foundation for ground-breaking R&D and commercialization. UC Berkeley and three National Laboratories (Berkeley, Livermore and Sandia) attract billions in public R&D funding each year. Our robust network of incubators and accelerators encourages technology transfer and entrepreneurship support, allowing early-stage companies to excel in global competitive markets.

The East Bay’s leadership in multiple technologies creates synergy for cross-discipline innovation, with growing R&D investments in life sciences, clean energy, artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and software. The diversity of these economic activities keeps the region thriving and growing. The East Bay has attracted more venture capital than 40 states every year since 2000. In 2021, East Bay companies received over $10.4 billion in venture capital investment.

3

National Laboratories

45%

Residents with B.A. or Higher

$10.4B+

2021 Venture Capital Investment

HEART OF THE MEGAREGION

The East Bay’s central location in the Northern California megaregion and extensive physical infrastructure support exports and goods movement that provide the region with an important competitive advantage. The East Bay has two international ports in Oakland and Richmond which allow direct and efficient access to global supply chains and international markets, including direct links to Asia and the Middle East. 

 The Port of Oakland is a premier global trade gateway for the U.S., handling 99% of all containerized goods moving through Northern California. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the largest airport in the Bay Area for air cargo, serving as a regional hub for UPS and FedEx. Nearby airports in San Francisco and San Jose offer additional capacity.

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Global Ports in Oakland & Richmond

99%

Northern California
Containerized Goods

$18B+

2019 Total Exports
Port of Oakland

QUALITY OF LIFE

The East Bay’s diverse and family-friendly communities, attractions and outdoor recreation, make it the ideal place to live, work and do business. As the most diverse region of the San Francisco Bay Area, outdoor recreational opportunities are in abundance and can be enjoyed year-round in reliably sunny weather. The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest urban park system in the United States and spans over 120,000 acres of parkland with 1,250 miles of trails. The East Bay also boasts over 100 miles of shoreline.

The East Bay is a popular destination for entertainment, arts and culture, and has a thriving culinary scene distinguished by being the birthplace of “California Cuisine.” The East Bay’s multicultural diversity is celebrated throughout the year with festivals that celebrate art, food, history and cultural traditions from around the world.