In my fictional Bay Area Richmond, a town with heavy industry and oil refineries is the place where it all started.
Richmond has about 40.000 inhabitants and offers about 20.000 industrial jobs. About 60 % of Richmonds residents belong to the lower class. Those who could afford it, moved to the more expensive neighbour communities of Richmond Hills and Berkeley.
Richmond Hills is a small high wealth community just north of the city of Richmond. Today Richmond Hills has about 12.000 inhabitants. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view on the northern part of the Bay. Richmond Hills is also a very popular winegrowing region.
Berkeley is a town bordering the southside of Richmond. Berkeley has a very established middle class and is famous for its university. Due fast growth in the service sector and high tech industry Berkeley is home to 50.000 people today, from whom a estimated 70 % belong to the middle class.
South of Berkeley the City of Oakland is bordering. Oakland was branded by heavy industry for a long time, but has developed into a important financial community. Heavy industry has meanwhile moved west to the harbour city of Alameda and to the Airport Region of South Oakland. Today Oakland is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States and a popular place for Bank Headquarters and major companies. Oakland is home to the MLB Team Oakland Athletics who have a huge rivalry with the San Francisco Giants. Today Oakland is home to 110.000 People. Metro Oakland including the regions of East Oakland, South Oakland, Alameda and Hayward has more than 300.000 inhabitants and is one of the fastest growing regions in the US.
If you cross the Bay Bridge from Alameda to the west you get straight into Downtown San Francisco, the most important place in the entire Bay Area. SF is as well the financial as the cultural heart of the Bay Area. Here you can find everything a major city has to offer. Downtown SF is a very dense populated place and home to 170.000 people. More than 100.000 people work in the service sector here. SF is well known for sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, China Town, Alcatraz or its famous Cable Cars. This makes SF one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The entire city of SF including Golden Gate and South SF is home to 600.000 people today. Metro SF including the Regions of Silicon Valley has more than 1.5 Million inhabitants today and is still growing. The city of San Mateo south of SF is planning a major international Airport. Currently Oakland International Airport is still the most important air traffic hub in the Bay Area.
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