San Ramon

San Ramon

San Ramon offers the competitive advantage businesses need and the quality of life that residents and employees want.

San Ramon was the top-ranked Northern California city and No. 21 in the nation overall in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2016 for “its manicured cul-de-sac neighborhoods, a plethora of parks and stellar schools,” as well as for job opportunities, public and private amenities, and low unemployment.

In Contra Costa County, approximately 35 miles east of San Francisco and 30 miles north of Silicon Valley, San Ramon is an innovation and entrepreneurial hub and home to several national and multi-national corporations such as ENGEO, Blackberry, GE Digital, SAP, Chevron and AT&T. Technology leaders Accela and Five9 are headquartered in San Ramon.

Interstates 680 and 580 are easily accessible, as is public transportation like BART and ACE trains, and three international airports are all within a short commute.

San Ramon’s downtown destination, City Center Bishop Ranch, features 300,000 square feet of upscale shopping, fine dining, and dynamic entertainment options, drawing thousands of visitors to the City.

  • 7: Miles to the I-680/580 interchange
  • 30: Minutes to Oakland International Airport
  • 36,890: Employees in 2016

Quality of Life

One of the largest cities in Contra Costa County, San Ramon was ranked as the best Bay Area city and No. 2 in the State by WalletHub’s 2018 ranking of the best cities to raise a family in California.

Cultural diversity is celebrated in San Ramon. White residents make up about 47% majority of the population and Asians 43%; Hispanic and Latinos, 8%; two or more races, 5%; and African American, 2%.

With all the amenities of a modern city, newer homes and thousands of acres of open space, San Ramon truly is the premier community in which to live, work and play.

This vibrant, thriving city is home to acclaimed public schools, world-class parks, diverse worship options, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. San Ramon demographics represent a rich cross-section of population, employment, and opportunities.

  • 25,044: Households in 2016
  • 67%: Houses built in 1980 or later
  • 3,500: Acres of land designated as open space within the city limits


San Ramon is home to a nationally recognized public school system, San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), and several highly rated private schools. The SRVUSD high schools consistently rank in the top 5 to 10% statewide on multiple performance measures such as the Academic Performance Index (API), SAT Test for college-bound seniors, AP exam for college-bound seniors and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

Graduation rates far exceed state and national averages consistently year after year. A number of higher education institutions have primary or satellite facilities in and around San Ramon, including Diablo Valley College, University of California – Davis, St. Mary’s College and the University of San Francisco.

  • 8th: SRVUSD rank among all districts in California
  • 1720: Average composite SAT score
Compared to the national average of 1500 (2017 Statistic)
  • 94%: SRVUSD graduating seniors who attend college or university


San Ramon has a variety of housing options. More than 67% of the houses were built in 1980 or later. From condos to single-family homes, there is something for everyone regardless of their stage of life. The quality of housing and plentiful open space and parks make San Ramon a great place to live and work.

  • 32: Median age of homes
  • 69.1%: Owner-occupied housing units
  • 33.9%: Houses with 4 bedrooms
  • 42: Playgrounds
  • 61: Parks

San Ramon Quick Facts




Contra Costa


486 ft


37.780000, -121.978056


18.064 sq mi

Population (2017)


Median Household Income


Median Property Value (2017)



Intentional planning

San Ramon is a city of intentional planning, which is important to business owners, employers and employees. It assists city leaders in planning for the future by balancing demands, services, investments and infrastructure for the growth and allows a community the ability to focus on long-term economic activity to attract investment.

The City of San Ramon General Plan 2035 articulates a long‐term vision for the City. Plan policies focus on what is achievable in the next 20 years and set forth actions to be undertaken by the City. Broad objectives such as “quality of life” and “community character” are meaningful only if translated into actions that are tangible and can be implemented.

The General Plan is the framework city leaders use to achieve these objectives.

General Plan 2035

San Ramon Specific Plans

Specific plans set planning policies for a specific, smaller area in a community, as opposed to a City-wide plan such as the General Plan. They say what land uses can occur in the area. They set limits on how much building can go on sites (known as the “intensity” of development) and what structures will look like. Other topics include plans for public facilities to serve the area and how those will be paid for. Specific plans guide zoning rules, subdivisions, public facilities, and future development agreements for a given area.

Specific Plans that have been adopted:

  • Crow Canyon Specific Plan
  • Dougherty Valley Specific Plan
  • North Camino Ramon Specific Plan
  • Northwest Specific Plan
  • Westside Specific Plan
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