Population: 74,110 (2013)

Incorporated as a city: 1894

Visitors to Pleasanton shouldn’t miss:

  • The popular annual Alameda County Fair. It has taken place at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds since 1912.
  • The Pleasanton Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday and features fresh fruits and vegetables grown in California.
  • Good Guys Car Show West Coast Nationals.
  • The shops and restaurants in historic Downtown Pleasanton.
  • Museum on Main, which preserves and interprets the history of the Tri-Valley region.
  • The Friday Concerts in the Park series, which takes place every Friday from June until September local bands perform in the evenings at the Lions’ Wayside Park.
  • Scottish Games Gathering, held each year on Labor Day Weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to celebrate the sport and spirit of Scotland.

Notable current and former Pleasanton residents:

  • John Madden, former coach for the Oakland Raiders
  • Brandon Crawford, MLB shortstop for the San Francisco Giants
  • Gabrielle Union, actress in such as movies as “Bring it On” and televion shows like “City of Angels.”
  • Phoebe Hearst, philanthropist and suffragist
  • Keith Millar, former football player
  • Scott Perry, former football player

Employers with major presence in Pleasanton:

  • Safeway (corporate headquarters)
  • Clorox Service Company
  • E M C Corporation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Oracle
  • State Fund – Compensation Insurance
  • Workday Incorporated
  • Ross Stores

Pleasanton Fun Facts:

  • The city was named after Alfred Pleasonton, a Union Calvary General. However, a typo by the U.S. Post Office led to the city’s current misspelled name ‘Pleasanton’.
  • The Pleasanton Racetrack, on which construction began in 1858, is the oldest horseracing track in the nation.
  • Pleasanton’s two comprehensive high schools, Amador Valley and Foothill, are ranked by Newsweek among the top 400 high schools in the nation.


Hosting a town hall meeting in Pleasanton