Dublin (formerly, Amador and Dougherty's Station) is a suburban city of the East (San Francisco) Bay region of Alameda County, California, United States. It is located along the north side of Interstate 580 at the intersection with Interstate 680, roughly 10 miles (16 km) east of Hayward, 6 miles west of Livermore and 25 miles (40 km) north of San Jose. The nearest major metropolitan area is that of Oakland, approximately 25 miles (40 km) to the west-northwest on Interstate 580. Because of this, Dublin is known as a "crossroads" of the Bay Area. The population was more than 46,000 according to the state of California's 2008 estimates. Dublin is home to the headquarters of Sybase, Inc and Arlen Ness, and is home to major financial services, Washington Mutual Bank and Franklin Resources.
It was named after the city of Dublin in Ireland.
The city government is headed by a mayor. The mayor, in addition to four councilmembers, compose the City Council. The mayor is elected to a two-year term every even-numbered year. Councilmembers are elected to four year terms and represent the city at large. Elections are non-partisan. In November 1996, voters in Dublin established term limits which state generally that no one may serve more than 8 consecutive years in any combination of positions on the City Council.
The current mayor, Tim Sbranti, took office in 2008. Tim Sbranti also teaches journalism at Dublin High School and is head of student activities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²), of which, 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²) of it is land and 0.08% is water.
According to the CA Dept. of Finance 2008, there were 46,934 people, 9,325 households, and 6,508 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,381.3 people per square mile (919.2/km²). There are about 9,872 housing units at an average density of 784.3/sq mi (302.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 62.30% White, 10% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 10.20% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 5.26% from other races, and 3.88% from two or more races. 13.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,325 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 44.1% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 111.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.4 males.
The average income for a household in the city is $101,550. Males had a median income of $77,605 versus $48,116 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,451. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
Dublin Boulevard, a generally east/west road running just north of Interstate 580, was a part of the Lincoln Highway and later U.S. Route 50. The street formerly curved southward near today's Hansen Drive to follow present-day Dublin Canyon Road toward Hayward.
Several historical sites are preserved and located where Dublin Boulevard is crossed by Donlan Way, itself formerly the northernmost segment of the main road to Sunol and Niles Canyon (present-day Foothill Road):
In 1960, the first housing tracts were built in Dublin, transforming the formerly rural community into a suburb. It grew steadily from the early 1960s onward as both a residential and retail center. The City incorporated in February 1982.
Dublin High School has been a big part of the history of Dublin.
Although a post office operated from 1860 to 1908 in Dougherty, which broke off from Dublin, Dublin's first post office was opened in 1963.
Avalon Dublin Station, a newly-completed luxury rental development by AvalonBay Communities is one of several new real estate projects in Dublin. Danville, California-based development firm Blake Hunt Ventures, is planning a 27-acre (110,000 m2) project using 13 acres (53,000 m2) which it currently owns and an adjacent property which it is purchasing from IKEA. The planned development (which the company expects to contain a specialty grocery store, a mix of restaurants, apparel stores, home goods and retailers) includes a "Main Street" running east-west through the site, a central walkway and a "town green." A TOD (Transit Oriented Development) has started construction near the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Dublin is also going through a lot of remodeling with almost every shopping center in Dublin being remodeled, and two new ones, one is located by Regal cinema in east Dublin and one with a Starbucks just down the road from Dublin's High School. East Dublin has also opened a new K-8 school named Fallon which is conveniently located next to new townhomes. Also the Emerald Glenn park will be expanding with a man made lake and walking trails. A new BART station in West Dublin will begin to be built in 2007. The project cost is $80 million and is expected to open in 2009. The West Dublin/Pleasanton station TOD will also include a hotel, restaurant, 210 apartments, and 170,000 sq ft (16,000 m2). of office space across the Interstate 580 freeway in Pleasanton.
Dublin has faced very tough times in 2008 and will soon be left with numerous retail buildings awaiting a new tenant. Circuit City—7153 Amador Valley Blvd. Mervyns—7117 Regional St. Western Appliance—7898 Dublin Blvd. 84 Lumber—5777 Scarlett Ct. Golfsmith (Don Sherwood Golf & Tennis World)--7181 Amador Valley Blvd. Corners Framing Store—7111 Dublin Blvd. National Food Laboratory—6363 Clark Ave. DHL—6700 Golden Gate Dr. Shamrock Ford—4600 Dublin Blvd. Crown Chevrolet—7544 Dublin Blvd. Oak Warehouse—6769 Dublin Blvd. The Ultimate Car Toys—6207 Sierra Ct.
Whole Foods Market has put their plans for a Dublin store on hold . CVS will be closing the Longs Drug Store located at 7201 Regional St.
Dublin is known for its Saint Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Dublin Host Lions Club. Every year around Saint Patrick's Day many tourists from all around Alameda County and the Tri-Valley show up to enjoy the festivities. The parade is followed by an all-weekend fair, where one can buy various knick-knacks and other items usually sold at fairs.
In 2007, the fair was moved to Dublin Blvd. which connected the fair to the growing population in East Dublin and increased the fair's size.
In 2000, following a conflict with Mayor Houston and developers of the "West Dublin Hills", Morgan King and David Bewley began an initiative known as Measure M. The objective was to prevent the Dublin Hills from becoming too overwhelmed with housing that had been promised to voters would not be built on their preserved open space. Measure M won in every precinct in Dublin and on the absentee ballots.
Dublin is home to the following private schools:
Dublin is also home to the following public schools:
The Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (PRFTA), historically known as Camp Parks, is located in Dublin.
A sub-installation of Fort McCoy, Camp Parks is the only training facility within a short drive for the 11,000-plus reservists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Firing ranges and a wide variety of training facilities are available. The post is home to state-of-the-art facilities: the Regional Training Site-Intelligence, Regional Training Site-Medical and the 91st DIV Battle Projection Center. Growth is on the horizon as new facilities have been built and more are programmed for construction in the near future.