Welcome to Dublin

A thriving, East Bay boomtown

Slow, steady growth marked Dublin's first century and a half. The city's roots date back to the 1860s—and, yes, it was named in honor of Dublin, Ireland thanks to the large contingent of Irish settlers in the area. Since the turn of the 20th century, however, Dublin has shed its longtime moniker as a sleepy, East Bay suburb.

Today, Dublin is thriving. Given its ideal location almost equidistant between all of the Bay Area's major metros, and with a station on the BART light rail line, it's a huge draw for those looking to relocate from the city. Even with a relatively small footprint—the city is just under 15 square miles—there's a continuing push for both commercial and residential development.

Just in the past decade, Dublin has blossomed as a major shopping destination in the Amador-Livermore "Tri-Valley" area. It's also attracting big business, evidenced by Ross Stores making Dublin its corporate headquarters just within the last half-decade.

What to Love

  • Big city comfort and convenience without the big city headaches
  • Excellent school district
  • World-class shopping destination

People & Lifestyle

Less than 45 minutes from Silicon Valley and an hour from both San Francisco and San Jose, Dublin has become a landing spot for young professionals and families. Proximity to neighboring San Ramon and Pleasanton and their larger corporate footprints also spurred growth.

Since 2000, the population more than doubled—from 30,000 residents to just shy of 65,000—making the city one of the fastest-growing in California.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Dublin is a prominent shopping destination in the East Bay. Built up along Dublin Boulevard over the past decade and a half, the three-mile stretch features a bevy of major retailers, local stores, and an impressive list of restaurants.

At the western end of Dublin Boulevard is Dublin Place, which includes big names like Target, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Hobby Lobby. For a sushi fix, you'll find Amakara crafting delicious rolls and serving outstanding Japanese fare.

Head east, and you will encounter Persimmon Place and Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center. At Permission Place is Pacific Catch, with fresh, sustainable seafood and a stellar drink menu. Hacienda Crossings houses the fantastic Italian pub Berevino.

While not technically in Dublin, the high-end San Francisco Premium Outlets sit just across Interstate 580 in the southeastern part of town. Iconic brands Burberry, Prada, and Versace all have stores here.

Things to Do

Dublin Ranch Golf Course is a public course with a unique 18-hole layout. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course features 11 par-3s, five par-4s, and two par-5s. Fallon Sports Park, Emerald Glen Park, and Dublin Sports Ground offer outstanding outdoor recreational facilities. 

Next to Sports Ground is Dublin's public library, one of the top such facilities in the East Bay. Other popular activities include Dublin Iceland Ice Skating and Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl. Collectively, they are two of the city's top entertainment destinations.


Dublin is home to the exceptional Dublin Unified School District, including the following academic institutions:

  • Kolb Elementary School, K-5
  • Fallon Middle School, 6-8
  • Dublin High School, 9-12