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  • Fremont has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Fremont crime rates are 3% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Fremont is 33% higher than the California average
  • Fremont real estate prices are 72% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Fremont are 44% higher than the California average

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      Fremont, CA

      As one of San Francisco's leading suburbs, Fremont offers its residents all of the comforts of modern life at prices that are cheaper than other cities in the Bay. Fremont is home to Tesla, the innovative car company that has founder Elon Musk turning the automotive industry on its head. Fremont has a population that has grown to over 230,000. As you tell, the city has come a long way since it was established as a Spanish Mission back in the 1700s.

      In addition to Tesla, Life Scan and the San Francisco Rapid Bay Transit are some of the major employers in the area. These companies offer the residents of Fremont good job opportunities and a generous pay and leave package. When people are not at work in the city, they typically like to get out into nature to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. Mission Peak is one of the tallest points in the valley, and you can reach the summit of this beautiful mountain range with a hike of several hours. Coyote Hills Regional Park is a great place to take the family for a picnic or a stroll on the hiking trails that are scatter throughout the area. Sunol Regional Wildlife Center is another area where you can go for a walk or a bike ride on a beautiful Northern California day.

      Traffic in Fremont is nowhere as near as bad as it is in other cities in the Bay. AC Transit offers a public service option for those who need to leave their Tesla at home to give it a charge. The busses and shuttles that AC Transit operate are energy efficient, and they are able to get you around the city and into San Francisco and Oakland. Interstates 680 and 880 also cut through the city and offer ease of access to the surrounding area.

      Home prices in Fremont are cheaper than in some of the neighboring cities, but they are still very expensive when compared to the nation's home prices at large. While they may be a big ask for a first time home buyer, homes in this area are well made and retain value. For the money, Irvington, Mission Valley, and Baylands all offer amazing lifestyles with good shopping, fun and entertaining attractions, and good public schools.

      Fremont has a growing foodie scene and the number of restaurants in the city has taken off in recent years. Le Moose Crepe Cafe and Thai Restaurants provides an interesting mix of old favorites and modern treats. Fremont Afghan Kabob brings customers the exotic flavors of the Middle East and introduces you to new dishes from a faraway country.

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      Fremont Has Seen Better Days
      I have lived in Fremont since the 1970's, and have seen so many changes since then. If you're a young outgoing person, you will probably find Fremont painfully boring. On the other hand, it's a good place to raise a family if you can afford it. Fremont's cost of living is quite high. Back in the day, Fremont was always an affordable suburb, but nowadays it's overpriced. The population has grown tremendously in the last 10 years to the point that it's very crowded on the streets, supermarkets, shopping centers. The DMV in Fremont is ridiculously crowded! The laid back feel that Fremont always had has given way to densification. More and more high density condos are being built all over Fremont. Crime is still relatively low. The schools are generally good, but they are overcrowded and children sometimes get placed in schools outside of the attendance area. The 2 BART stations provide an easy way to commute to other Bay cities or to take it to San Francisco for real attractions/nightlife. Bottom line, Fremont is ok. The overall quality of living has slipped since it's peak days(pre 2000). It's become too crowded and expensive--and,there are a lot more homeless in Fremont.
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      City Review of Fremont, CA
      I lived in Fremont, CA for almost five years as an undergrad at San Jose State a few years ago (2002-2006). Fremont is a diverse and wonderful city, with ample opportunities for entertainment, work, and safe place to find an abode. The cities of Newark and Union City are basically part of Fremont as well. Once a sleepy bedroom town, the development boom of the eighties and early nineties brought commerce and prosperity to the east bay town. It is now the fourth largest city in the San Francisco Bay metropolitan area and is a hub for business and new development. Fremont finds itself geographically situated for continuing prosperity, being close to Oakland and San Jose. The design and layout of the city places residential areas in the inner part of the city, leaving the industrial areas on the outskirts. The drive for me to San Jose State often only took half an hour with light traffic, but I lived on the closer side of town to San Jose for the majority of the time. Traffic could get quite horrendous at times, but that is the case with the entire Bay Area.

      As a college student, entertainment is always less than a half hour drive away. Fremont itself has all of the typical basic entertainment needs (movies, wonderful restaurants, and shopping) without the need to leave the area. NewPark Mall, which is technically in the city of Newark, is one of the nicer malls in the East Bay area. In addition a farmers market is hosted in the parking lot every Sunday. I have heard that the local schools are also wonderful, but I have no personal experience with them. If you are looking for a large family oriented community in the East or South Bay area look no further.
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      Fremont, CA - Well, It's There
      Having grown up in the Bay Area with a Californian's healthy disdain for distance, I spent 20 years passing through the city of Fremont and watching it blossom. Although it started out as a working class suburb, it has become a northeastern extension of Silicon Valley.

      Today, Fremont is home to such major technology companies as Lam Research, Lexar and Asus. Fremont started out as a mission community, one of the many that dot California's coast as the Spanish attempted to subdue the native populations. Today, the area surrounding that mission is an extremely affluent and desirable residential mecca.

      As a suburb surrounded by all that the Bay Area has to offer, there is not a great deal to do in Fremont proper, although the city is only a short distance from San Jose and San Francisco and is linked to the former by the BART rapid transit system. Fremont is, however, backed by some of the highest hills in the Bay Area at over 2600 feet making for excellent hiking opportunities in Fremont.
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      Source: The Fremont, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).