San Ramon (from Spanish: San Ramón meaning: St. Raymond; formerly Lynchville and Limerick) is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 44,722 at the 2000 census.
San Ramon is a suburb of San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley. As the location of the former headquarters of the company formerly known as Pacific Bell (later SBC, now AT&T), it is the home of Dilbert (Scott Adams worked there before creating the Dilbert comic strip). It is also home to the headquarters of Chevron Corporation and 24-Hour Fitness, Diablo Valley College, San Ramon Valley Regional Medical Center, and two public high schools: California High School and Dougherty Valley High School.
On April 24, 2001, San Ramon received the title Tree City USA.
San Ramon is located at According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.0 km² (11.6 mi²); 30.0 km² (11.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.09% is water..
San Ramon can be described as lying in a valley, flanked by hills. Its borders (east to west) extend from Norris Canyon in the west to Mt. Diablo in the east.
As of the census of 2000, there were 44,722 people, 16,944 households, and 12,148 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,862.0/mi² (1,491.1/km²). There were 17,552 housing units at an average density of 1,515.7/mi² (585.2/km²). 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.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $111,604, and the median income for a family was $124,572. 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 comprised of individuals elected to four-year overlapping terms in coordination with a two-year elected Mayor. The City Council has responsibility for directing the San Ramon Redevelopment Agency, the San Ramon Public Financial Authority and the San Ramon Housing Authority, and it appoints both the City Manager and City Attorney. Until June 30, 2007, police services were provided under contract by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. On July 1, 2007, the city officially took over providing police services. Fire and EMS are provided by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.
Several corporate parks operating under the name 'Bishop Ranch' provide a healthy tax base for the city and tenants include Chevron Corporation (formerly ChevronTexaco) which is headquartered in San Ramon. The parks cover the vast majority of "Central San Ramon", which is the large square formed by Freeway 680 on the west, Crow Canyon on the north, Iron Horse trail on the east, and Bollinger Canyon Road on the south (though several complexes are south of Bollinger).
San Ramon's schools are a part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District
The city of San Ramon and Sunset Development Co. will partner to develop the new San Ramon City Center or Downtown on 40 acres (16 ha) within Bishop Ranch at the intersection of Bollinger Canyon Road and Camino Ramon. The site consists of four properties, two are owned by the City and two are owned by Sunset Development. The four properties are an 11.5-acre (4.7 ha) site just west of Central Park, a combined 9-acre (3.6 ha) site south of Bollinger and east of Camino Ramon, a 3.5-acre (1.4 ha) site just east of Chevron, to Camino Ramon, and the existing 14-acre (5.7 ha) Bishop Ranch 2 office complex. The project consists of three primary components: a major mixed use development on the 14-acre (5.7 ha) and 11.5-acre (4.7 ha) sites consisting of approximately 635,000 square feet (59,000 m2) of high quality retail, 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of second floor retail or office space, a 169 room upscale hotel, and approximately 487 residential units; City Hall, Library and Transit Center on the 3.5 acres (1.4 ha) site, and a 682,000-square-foot (63,400 m2) Class A office complex on the 9-acre (3.6 ha) site. The San Ramon City Center project has completed the entitlement process and has now moved into the preconstruction phase of the project. The City's partner in this project, Sunset Development, presented a detailed project schedule at the San Ramon City Council meeting on June 24, 2008. (Link to City Center Project Schedule) The entire project is expected to be completed by November, 2012. The Plaza District, the primary mixed use component of the project, is expected to be completed by October, 2011. The Plaza District will feature retail and dining opportunities, a public plaza, hotel, independent cinema and a mix of residential units. The City Center project also includes a New City Hall, Library, Transit Center and new office development. In total, the City Center project consists of approximately 2,000,000-square-foot (190,000 m2) of office space on a 40-acre (16 ha) site.
"Developing a City Center has been a dream for more than 20 years and dates back to the City's incorporation in 1983," said Herb Moniz, City Manager of the City of San Ramon. "The City Council is very excited about the prospect of creating a City Center that meets our economic development goals and provides a dynamic gathering place for the entire community of San Ramon."
"We are especially pleased that the San Ramon City Center project, so long in the making, will come to life at Bishop Ranch," said Alex Mehran, president and CEO of Sunset Development Company. "Sunset Development Company is proud to be part of this historic project that will enable the City to accomplish its planning objective of the creation of a city center, and will boost employment and economic development in San Ramon."
The City Center project is a true partnership between the City and Sunset Development. This is a shining example of how well the City works with the business community, and how the City actively works through partnerships to improve the quality of life in San Ramon.
Originally, this city park located on a hill overlook Bollinger Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Blvd, was to be named Alta Mesa Park. 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 on September 11, 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. San Ramon City Council Minutes, May 14, 2002, http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/councilminutes/yr2002/ccmins5-14-02.htm
Local bus service in the San Ramon Valley is provided primarily by County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, or CCCTA). Service includes:
Transit tickets for County Connection can be purchased at the San Ramon Transportation Offices, Community Center, City Hall, Senior Center and Library.
The San Ramon Transit Center is located along the Iron Horse Trail at the corner of Executive Parkway and Camino Ramon, and provides commuters with 54 parking spaces to meet a carpool, vanpool or bus. These parking spaces are available on a first-come first-serve basis and are free of charge. Bike Racks and Lockers are available at the Transit Center; bike lockers are covered, secured and can be rented monthly, quarterly or yearly. Bike racks are available on a first come, first served basis.
Starting August 25, 2009 (first day of the school year 2009-2010), San Ramon, under Contra Costa County's Measure J ballot, is taking part in the TRAFFIX initiative. Under Measure J, funded by a half-cent sales tax increase in the Contra Costa county, a public agency, namely, Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency, doing business under the name TRAFFIX, responsible for managing traffic congetion relief program, has been formed. It is operated by the Town of Danville, City of San Ramon, Contra Costa County, and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.