Fremont, California: A Study in Diversity

March 3, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 3, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured the article "Global Suburb: Far East, Middle East and old East Bay all meet in Fremont." The article noted that the city of Fremont has been transformed by immigration: "Baptist churches have been reincarnated as Sikh and Hindu temples. ... Cricket has overtaken bowling as the sport of choice, and 'salaam' has become as familiar a salutation as 'hello.'" The article continued, "With a population of 203,000, Fremont has virtually transformed itself into one of the most diverse municipalities of its size in the state, if not the nation. The fourth-largest city in the Bay Area, it represents the eclectic future of many suburbs in the region. ... Today, Fremont has the highest percentage of Asians in the Bay Area, according to the most recent census. ... More than a third of students in the school district are of Asian descent, compared to an average of 8 percent statewide."