The Fremont area was first settled with the establishment of the Mission San Jose by the Spanish. In the mid-1840s, John C. Fremont mapped a trail through Mission Pass to provide access for American settlers into the southeastern San Francisco Bay Area. In 1853, Washington Township was established, taking in the communities of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs. Located on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay, Fremont is a city of over 214,000 people with an area of 92-square miles, making it the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area and California's fifth largest city. Fremont is located within Alameda County.
With its moderate climate and its proximity to major universities, shopping areas, recreation and cultural activities, employment centers, major airports, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, Fremont captures metropolitan living at its best.