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Dublin, California
City of Dublin
Official seal of Dublin, California
Location in Alameda County and the state of California
Location in Alameda County and the state of California
Country United States
State California
County Alameda
Incorporated February 1, 1982
 • Total 14.912 sq mi (38.622 km2)
 • Land 14.908 sq mi (38.611 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.011 km2)  0.03%
367 ft (112 m)
 • Total 49,890
 • Estimate 
(January 1, 2016)
 • Density 3,346/sq mi (1,292/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 925
FIPS code 06-20018
GNIS feature IDs 1655980, 2410362
Front of the public library in Dublin

Dublin (formerly, Amador and Dougherty's Station) is a suburban city of the East (San Francisco) Bay and Tri-Valley regions of Alameda County, California, United States. Located along the north side of Interstate 580 at the intersection with Interstate 680, roughly 35 miles (56 km) east of downtown San Francisco, 23 miles (37 km) east of downtown Oakland, and 31 miles (50 km) north of downtown San Jose, it was named after the city of Dublin in Ireland. Dublin is the second fastest-growing city in the state of California, behind only Santa Clarita. The population was 46,063 (2010 census), and the 2013 estimate at 49,890. Dublin is home to the headquarters of Sybase, Inc, now part of SAP SE, Tria Beauty, Medley Health and Arlen Ness.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.9 square miles (40 km2) of which 0.03% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 13,641
1980 13,496 −1.1%
1990 23,229 72.1%
2000 29,973 29.0%
2010 46,036 53.6%
Est. 2015 57,721 25.4%
U.S. Decennial Census


The 2010 United States Census reported that Dublin had a population of 46,036, which grew to 49,890 in 2013, and over 57,000 as of 2016. It has been one of the fastest-growing cities in California, with its population nearly doubling during the past decade. Once the building of homes is finished in East Dublin, the city will have a capacity for over 75,000 citizens. The population density in 2010 was 3,087.1 people per square mile (1,192.0/km²). The racial makeup of Dublin was 23,634 (51.3%) White, 4,347 (9.4%) African American, 246 (0.5%) Native American, 12,321 (26.8%) Asian, 287 (0.6%) Pacific Islander, 2,458 (5.3%) from other races, and 2,743 (6.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,663 persons (14.5%).

The Census reported that 40,262 people (87.5% of the population) lived in households, 92 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 5,682 (12.3%) were institutionalized.

There were 14,913 households, out of which 5,897 (39.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 8,615 (57.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,383 (9.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 615 (4.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 775 (5.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 142 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,201 households (21.5%) were made up of individuals and 578 (3.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70. There were 10,613 families (71.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.19.

The population was spread out with 10,297 people (22.4%) under the age of 18, 3,703 people (8.0%) aged 18 to 24, 17,587 people (38.2%) aged 25 to 44, 11,092 people (24.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 3,357 people (7.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.3 years. For every 100 females there were 108.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.4 males.

There were 15,782 housing units at an average density of 1,058.3 per square mile (408.6/km²), of which 9,425 (63.2%) were owner-occupied, and 5,488 (36.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.0%. 26,954 people (58.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 13,308 people (28.9%) lived in rental housing units.

Demographic profile 2010
Total Population 46,036 - 100.0%
One Race 43,293 - 94.0%
Not Hispanic or Latino 39,373 - 85.5%
White alone 20,380 - 44.3%
Black or African American alone 4,214 - 9.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 164 - 0.4%
Asian alone 12,170 - 26.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 277 - 0.6%
Some other race alone 141 - 0.3%
Two or more races alone 2,027 - 4.4%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 6,663 - 14.5%


In 2000, there were 9,325 households and 6,508 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,232.9 people per square mile (1,412.1/km²). There are about 9,872 housing units at an average density of 784.3 per square mile (302.7/km²).

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 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.


Murray Schoolhouse, 1856, Dublin, CA
The Murray Schoolhouse was built in 1856 and moved twice to its present location in the Dublin Heritage Center.
Historic Green's Store is now used as a church.

In 1835, José María Amador was granted 16,500 acres for his service as a Mexican soldier and in Mission San Jose where he was administrator in the valley which was named Amador Valley after him. In 1850, Irish settlers bought land from Amador and founded a town.

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):

  • The Murray Schoolhouse (established in 1856 with 50 pupils)
  • Green's Store (opened in 1860) current home of the Dublin Church of Christ.
  • The old cemetery was formally established in 1859, although people had been buried in the churchyard for years before 1859.
  • Old St. Raymond's Church (built 1859), is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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.

In 1960, the first housing tracts were built in West 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 became incorporated in February 1982.

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, and is still in operation today.

The popular Discovery Channel program MythBusters has filmed over 50 episodes in Dublin at the Alameda County Sheriff's Office bomb disposal range. On December 6, 2011, a cannonball fired during a MythBusters episode being filmed at the bomb range went off target and damaged two homes and a minivan in a nearby neighborhood. The incident received coverage internationally.

MythBusters stars Adam Savage and Kari Byron returned to Dublin High School on February 22, 2012 to participate in a moderated panel session at Dublin High School's Engineering and Design Academy Open House during National Engineers Week 2012. The sold out event attracted an audience of over 1,000.

Building and Development in Dublin

Dublin has caught the attention of many high-profile developers such as Rick Caruso, the creator of The Grove shopping center in Southern California.

High-end luxury shops are planned in the highly anticipated (and hotly debated) Promenade at Dublin Ranch [1].

Two dog parks (Dougherty Hills Dog Park [2] and Bray Commons [3]) already exist, and a third dog park is being planned in Jordan Ranch [4], along with other amenities.

Whole Foods Market, Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods, HomeGoods, and a second Target location (in East Dublin), have all opened for business, along with restaurant chains Elephant Bar, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, and Lazy Dog Café aka Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar.

Dublin also opened Fallon Sports Park [5] in East Dublin in 2010. The highly anticipated first phase of the Fallon Sports Park includes two adult softball fields, two little league baseball fields, two synthetic turf soccer fields, four lighted basketball courts, four lighted tennis courts, and a rough grade BMX bike facility.

Avalon Dublin Station, a newly completed luxury rental development by AvalonBay Communities, is one of several new real estate projects in Dublin, with several more already under construction.

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) is finishing construction near the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

Dublin has also undergone significant remodeling and expansion, with almost every shopping center in Dublin being remodeled while new shopping centers continued to be built [6]. Dublin Place and Dublin Retail Center were followed by Hacienda Crossings [7], The Shops at Waterford, The Shops at Tralee Village, Grafton Station, Fallon Gateway, and Persimmon Place [8].

In 2005, East Dublin opened a new K-8 school named Fallon, which is conveniently located next to the new townhomes. In 2010, however, the school began serving only grades 6-8, making it the second middle school in town.

Emerald Glen Park will be expanding with a man-made lake, walking trails, and waterslides to become the Emerald Glen Recreation & Aquatic Complex [9].

A new BART station in West Dublin began construction in 2007. The project cost $80 million and opened in March 2011. 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, California.

Festivals and celebrations


The Dublin Edge Film Festival, also known as ArcFest, is an annual film festival and convention held in Dublin, California by the The Dublin Film Commission, which previews new films of all genres from around the world. Founded on July 17, 2004, it is the East Bay Area's most prestigious and publicized film festival.

Saint Patrick's Day Celebration

The annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration includes a 5K Fun Run and Walk, a pancake breakfast, a festival, and a parade. The parade is popular with residents and visitors from outside Dublin alike, and has been growing in popularity each year. It is sponsored by the Dublin Host Lions Club and features bands and colorful floats. The Dublin firefighters sponsor the pancake breakfast, and tours of the firehouse are popular with children. The festival continues all weekend, and features food, games, kiddie rides, arts & crafts, and information about local organizations. The festival had been held near the end of the parade route in Shamrock Village on Amador Valley Blvd., but was relocated to the Civic Center on Dublin Blvd., in 2007, moving it closer to the growing population in the eastern part of Dublin.

Measure M

In 2000, following a conflict with Mayor Guy Houston and developers of the West Dublin Hills, Morgan King and David Bewley began a ballot initiative known as Measure M. The objective of the measure was to prevent the Dublin Hills from becoming overwhelmed with housing that had been promised to voters would not be built on preserved open space. Measure M won in every precinct in Dublin and on the absentee ballots.

MythBusters cannonball incident

On December 6, 2011, shooting was in progress for the popular Discovery Channel program MythBusters, when a cannonball went skyward and zoomed through a residence near Camp Parks, where the filming was taking place, also damaging a car, which was the final resting place of the cannonball. Many residents were shaken and the community was shocked, but nobody was injured. Mythbusters Adam Savage and Kari Byron hosted a student engineering event at Dublin High School, a move to express gratitude to the community of Dublin for the access to Camp Parks as a shooting location. The Dublin Film Commission declared December 6 "Victory in the battle for Dublin", poking at the rogue cannonball incident, and plans to host a film festival every December 6 to honor Dublin's fallen cannonball. On December 6, 2012, Tri-Valley Film Coalition President Morgan Finley King hosted a film festival at the Dublin Library, in which winners of each category were awarded a "Golden Cannonball Award."

Camp Parks

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.

Twin Cities

Dublin has twin city relations with the following cities


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