Fremont is a city in Alameda County, California, located in the East Bay region of the Bay Area. Fremont is the closest East Bay city to Silicon Valley and has a strong tech industry presence. The city's origins lie in the community that arose around Mission San José, founded in 1797 by the Spanish under Padre Fermín Lasuén. Fremont was incorporated on January 23, 1956, when the former towns of Mission San José, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs unified into one city. Fremont is named after John C. Frémont, a general who helped lead the American Conquest of California from Mexico and later served as Military Governor of California and then U.S. Senator.
Companies headquartered in Fremont include Antec Inc, Corsair Gaming, Electronics for Imaging, Ikanos Communications, Lam Research, Fremont Bank, Nielsen Norman Group, Oplink Communications, SYNNEX, S3 Graphics, Tailored Brands and DCKAP.
Among the top employers in the city are: Tesla, Inc.; Fremont Unified School District; Lam Research; Washington Hospital; Kaiser Permanente; Synnex; Western Digital; City of Fremont; Boston Scientific; Ohlone College.
Fremont has a population of over 241,110 people. Fremont also forms part of the wider San Francisco Bay metropolitan area which has a population of over 12,594,831 people. Fremont is the #172 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.6663 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.
Fremont is twinned with: Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico; Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan; Horta, Azores, Portugal; Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines; Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.