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. The population was 61,388 at the 2010 census.
Castro Valley is named after Don Guillermo Castro, who was a soldier in the Mexican army and a rancher.
First known for chicken ranches, Castro Valley eventually became a bedroom community.
Castro Valley is one of the sites where Joseph Eichler built some of the 10,000 or so homes he built in the Bay Area. Castro Valley has a one-screen movie theater, the Chabot Cinema. The Castro Village complex on Castro Valley Boulevard is widely considered the commercial center of town. The Harry Rowell Rodeo Ranch is located in Castro Valley, and is managed by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Rodeos are held there regularly.
Law and government
Castro Valley is an unincorporated community and thus is governed directly by the County of Alameda. There is no city police force, with policing provided by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. The town has its own fire protection district and school district. To date, all efforts to incorporate Castro Valley have been voted down by its residents.
Art and culture
Castro Valley has a one-screen movie theater, the Chabot Cinema. The Castro Village complex on Castro Valley Boulevard is widely considered the commercial center of town. The Harry Rowell Rodeo Ranch is located in Castro Valley, and is managed by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Rodeos are held there regularly.
Castro Valley is served by the Castro Valley Unified School District. Overall, the district contains almost 9,000 students. The main high school is Castro Valley High School with over 3000 students. Castro Valley also has Redwood High School, an alternative high school with approximately 193 students in 2005. The school district includes the Castro Valley Adult School.
There is also a Roman Catholic school, called Our Lady of Grace (K-8), which is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. Redwood Christian Schools has one elementary school (K-5) Redwood Christian Elementary.
Interstate 580, 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.
Historically, Castro Valley Boulevard was part of the first transcontinental highway system, the Lincoln Highway.
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