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The East Bay is a region of the San Francisco Bay Areamarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker and comprises both Alamedamarker and Contra Costamarker Counties. It lies on the eastern shores of the San Francisco Baymarker and San Pablo Baymarker. The East Bay's principal cities include; Oaklandmarker, Berkeleymarker, Richmondmarker, Concordmarker, Haywardmarker, Fremontmarker, Livermoremarker and Antiochmarker.

San Francisco Bay's eastern shore was once known as "Contra Costa" (literally "opposite coast"), a name now used for and exclusively associated with Contra Costa Countymarker, which occupies the East Bay shoreline's northern quarter and extensive inland areas, amounting to about half of the land area, with the remainder in Alameda Countymarker.


Major employers

The East Bay is an economically well-developed area offering many employment opportunities. The largest employers are:
# University of California, Berkeleymarker with approximately 20,000 employees
# AT&T with around 11,000 employees
# The U.S. Postal Service with around 10,000 employees
# Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorymarker with approximately 8,750 employees
# Chevron Corp. (world headquarters in San Ramonmarker) with 8,730 employees
# The county of Contra Costa Countymarker by offering 8,416 jobs
# Safeway (world headquarters in Pleasantonmarker) with 7,922 employees
# Bank of America with 7,081 employees
# PG&E employing roughly 5,200 people
# New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.marker about 5,100 employees
# Kaiser Permanente (US headquarters in Oaklandmarker) with 4,730 employees
# Lucky Stores with 4,631 employees
# Bio-Rad Laboratoriesmarker with 4,300 employees
# Wells Fargo with about 4,000 employees
# Mount Diablo Unified School District with 3,700 employees
# West Contra Costa Unified School District with 3,360 employees
# John Muir Medical Center with 3,023

Other companies include Clorox, Dreyer's, Pixar, and Contra Costa Newspapers all of which have their headquarters in the East Bay. "Office of County Administrator; County Audit, and various published sources, including San Francisco Chronicle, May 2002; East Bay Business Times, November 2001; San Francisco Business Times, November 1999. Data is for the reported entity’s latest fiscal year." as seen on: [102358]


East Bay was known for many bands playing many types of music, It also is the birthplace of notable bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Y&T, Operation Ivy, Digital Underground, Rancid, Green Day, Primus, Tower of Power, The Pointer Sisters, MC Hammer, Too Short, Tony! Toni! Toné!, en Vogue, Pete Escovedo, Keyshia Cole, and Mac Dre.

Touring popular singers and bands are seen in locations such as the Oakland Coliseum Arenamarker and nearby Oakland-Alameda County Coliseummarker, Oakland's Paramount Theatermarker, Fox Theatremarker, the Greek Theater (U. C. Berkeley campus), and the Concord Pavilion (whose official name will vary with the sale of naming rights, currently known as the Sleep Train Pavilion)

Symphonies, operas, and ballets include: Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Ballet, Berkeley Opera, which typically stages only three productions in a season, and in a relatively small venue, but is attractive because of its innovative and accessible productions, sometimes using complete modern English libretto translations, or showing lesser known works by major composers. Another small opera company operates in Livermoremarker. High quality small orchestras such as the California Symphony can be found in the larger suburban centers. Other more urban venues for music such as La Peña (Hispanic/Chicano music), Ashkenaz (World Music & Dance), and Freight and Salvage (folk music) provide specific cultural orientations not found in major venues and so continue to thrive, with many of these venues operated as cooperatives rather than as for-profit private endeavours.

Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus frequently hosts world famous musicians and groups and the venue includes a spectacular organ suitable for classical performances.

The Oakland Museum of Californiamarker offers quality permanent and touring exhibitions in a modern setting, with emphasis on artworks, photography, and artifacts related to California and its history, while the smaller Bedford Gallery hosts a number of exhibitions each year, usually exhibits related to themes of popular culture such as motorcycles or hot rods or keen social and political observations as expressed through sculpture, pottery, quilting, weaving, or photography. The Bedford Gallery is located in Walnut Creek's Lesher Center For the Arts, which is the usual venue for the California Symphony and the Diablo Light Opera among others.

The Chabot Space and Science Centermarker is a modern science hall with interactive exhibits and both a planetarium and an IMAX dome theater.

Tilden Regional Park is one of the oldest parks in the district with over of wilderness. Highlights of Tilden Park features include an antique merry-go-round, Lake Anza, and the botanic garden.

The East Bay is also home to the restaurant that established California cuisine, Chez Panissemarker, and Top Dog.


Except for its mountains and hills which remain undeveloped and some farmland in eastern Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, the East Bay is highly urbanized. The East Bay shoreline is an urban corridor with several cities exceeding 100,000 residents, including, Oaklandmarker, Haywardmarker, Fremontmarker, Richmondmarker, and Berkeleymarker. In the inland valleys on the east side of the Berkeley Hills, the land is fairly well developed, but there are areas which are still rapidly growing, particularly on the eastern fringe of Contra Costa county and the Tri-Valleymarker area. In the inland valleys, the housing stock tends to be more suburban, the population density less and the cities smaller. The only cities exceeding 100,000 residents in the inland valleys are Antiochmarker and Concordmarker.

East Bay cities include:


  1. "University of California Statistical Summary and Data on UC Students, Faculty, and Staff" at [1]

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