Castro Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Alameda County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, it is the fifth most populous unincorporated area in California, and the twenty-third in the United States.
Castro Valley has a number of Eichler houses.
Before the arrival of European settlers the area was settled by the Chocheño
) subdivision of the Ohlone
With the arrival of Europeans, Castro Valley was part of the land granted to Mission San Jose in 1797. The area Castro Valley now occupies was part of the extensive colony of New Spain in what was the state of Alta California.
Castro Valley is named after Don Guillermo Castro, who was a soldier in the Mexican army and a rancher. Castro Valley was part of the original 28,000 acre (110 km²) land grant given to Castro, called Rancho San Lorenzo. This land grant included Hayward, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley, including Crow Canyon, Cull Canyon, and Palomares Canyons. Castro had a gambling habit and had to sell off portions of his land to pay gambling debts. The last of his holding was sold in a sheriff's sale in 1864 to Faxon Dean Atherton for $400,000.
Atherton (after whom the city of Atherton is named) in turn began selling off his portion in smaller parcels. Two gentlemen named Cull (the namesake of Cull Canyon) and Luce bought some 2,400 acres (10 km²) and began running a steam-operated saw mill in Redwood Canyon. The Jensen brothers also bought land from Atherton in 1867.
During the 1940s and 1950s, Castro Valley was known for its chicken ranches. Later it developed into a bedroom community, where workers live and commute to their jobs in the surrounding communities.
Castro Valley is located at (37.703796, -122.079384). Lake Chabot
lies at the north of Castro Valley. Directly to the west is San Leandro
is to the south. To the east, the closest cities are San Ramon
. The San Leandro Hills
extend along the northeastern edge of the community.
, which approaches from the east, makes a turn northward at Castro Valley. Interstate 238
, which originates in Castro Valley, connects I-580 to Interstate 880
. In addition to being served by those two freeways, Castro Valley is served with public transportation by bus system AC Transit
, and rapid transit system BART
with a station
As of the census
of 2000, there were 57,292 people, 21,606 households, and 15,016 families residing in the CDP. The population density
was 3,971.6 people per square mile (1,533.0/km²). There were 22,003 housing units at an average density of 1,525.3/sq mi (588.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.84% White
, 5.14% Black
or African American
, 0.59% Native American
, 13.54% Asian
, 0.44% Pacific Islander
, 4.11% from other races
, and 5.34% from two or more races. 12.19% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 21,606 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $64,874, and the median income for a family was $73,060. Males had a median income of $51,068 versus $38,907 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $30,454. About 2.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Law and government
Being unincorporated, it is governed by the county and does not have any city services. To date, all efforts to incorporate Castro Valley have been voted down by its residents.
On May 1st 2003, the body of a young girl was found in a large green bag near the dumpster of a Carrows restaurant. After years of research, it is revealed that the girl is 16-year-old Yesenia Nungaray.
- Val Diamond of Beach Blanket Babylon
- Cliff Burton, bassist of Metallica, attended Castro Valley High School
- Sebastian Janikowski- place kicker for the Oakland Raiders
- Unlikely Hero - platinum record selling pop punk band originally from Castro Valley
- Dina Eastwood, Castro Valley native, wife of Clint Eastwood
- Ed Sprague Jr., native of Castro Valley, former MLB player
- Michael Strelo-Smith, Castro Valley native, 1992 CVHS graduate. Semi-Finalist on Season 3 of America's Got Talent and Quarter-Finalist on Season 2
- Tony Gemingani owns a pizza parlor in Castro Valley (Pyzano's Pizza), world's most famous pizza tosser, appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and various shows on the Food Network
- Rachel Maddow, anchor and political analyst on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show (TV). Also, radio host of The Rachel Maddow Show on Air_America_Radio.
Castro Valley is served by the Castro Valley Unified School District
The district has one main high school, called Castro Valley High School
with 2840 students, and an alternative high school with approximately 193 students in 2005. It also has two middle schools (Canyon and Creekside) and nine elementary schools (Proctor, Marshall, Palomares, Vannoy, Jensen Ranch, Independent, Stanton, Castro Valley Elementary, and Chabot), as well as an adult school. There is also a Catholic school called Our Lady of Grace (K-8), which is part of the Oakland Diocese. Overall, the district contains almost 9,000 students.