Fremont is a city in Alameda County, located on the southeast side of San Francisco Bay. The city was incorporated in 1956, and today over 232,000 people reside within its 90 square miles. As part of Silicon Valley, Fremont is home to more than 1,200 high tech and innovative firms.
Fremont is named for the controversial American explorer and military figure, John C. Frémont (1813 - 1890), who charted a path through Mission Pass for people to settle around the southeastern part of San Francisco Bay. The city incorporated as Fremont in 1956 with the conjoining of Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles and Warm Springs.
The climate in Fremont makes it one of the more comfortable places to live, with mild temperatures and relatively low humidity. The average high during July is a pleasant 78°F, and the average low in January, the coolest month, is 42°F. You’ll see lots of sunshine, too. The average annual rainfall is just 18 inches, much drier than most U.S. cities, which receive nearly 40 inches on average.
Fremont’s location is highly accessible via highway (Interstates 680 and 880) and rail (Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), Amtrak Capitol Corridor, and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)). Air travelers enjoy convenient access to San Jose International Airport (SJC), Oakland International Airport (OAK), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The Port of Oakland is an international cargo and transportation hub. On average, a one-way commute takes 30 minutes.
Cost of Living in Fremont
Fremont is one of the more expensive locations you can choose to live. It will cost you about 72 percent more than the average U.S. city. The biggest expense is housing, with valuations that are about three times more than the national average. You’ll also pay a 9.5 percent sales tax; by comparison, California’s sales tax is eight percent. Use the links below to calculate your individual cost of living in Fremont.
The Fremont Unified School District encompasses 42 schools serving more than 34,000 students in grades K through 12. An online search finds eight colleges within 10 miles and 68 colleges within 50 miles. Unitek College, a four-year private school, is located in Fremont, as is Ohlone Community College, a two-year school for undergraduate studies.
Fremont is home to two hospitals: the Washington Hospital Healthcare System, a 341-bed acute care hospital, and Fremont Hospital, a privat psychiatric facility. There are 50 other hospitals within 30 miles of Fremont, including UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties, and it is considered high-performing in seven procedures and conditions (U.S. News 2016 rankings).
Fremont Real Estate
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Fremont has slightly fewer than 75,420 housing units. The median value of owner-occupied units is $648,800 and median selected monthly costs of ownership are $2,723 with a mortgage and $558 without a mortgage. The median gross rent is $1,743.
Fremont offers plentiful choices for lodging, especially along the I-880 corridor. You’ll see many familiar national hotel brands (Hilton, Holiday, Comfort, Best Western). For a luxury stay, consider the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley. For a bed and breakfast experience, check into the Cowper Inn. It comprises two century-old houses and provides yoga, massage, and meditation sessions to help you relax and get your best night’s rest.
Foodies love Fremont with its many eclectic dining choices. Strizzi’s hits the right notes for fresh seafood and zesty Italian dishes. Papillon Restaurant offers fine French cuisine in a formal setting. For authentic Afghan fare, check out Salang Pass Restaurant. It even provides a special section for traditional floor seating.
Things to Do in Fremont
Fremont offers so many attractions—you may have a hard time deciding. Here are a few choice options. For an outdoors adventure, consider a hike to Mission Peak. It’s a moderate climb and offers spectacular views of the south bay. Allow about four hours for the loop. If you’d like to take in a bit of local history, enjoy an interpretive view with a ride on the Niles Canyon Railway. The Niles Essany Silent Film Museum takes you back to the early days of motion pictures and Fremont’s unique role in the nascent industry.