Welcome to Pleasanton
Despite its accolades (which are actually a lot to list), Pleasanton has a surprisingly modest population, with just a little under 82,000 residents as of 2018. While off-putting to a few, this just helps Pleasanton in maintaining its small-town charm.
The city was indeed a small town, being preceded by a place called Alisal, which was then also known as “The Most Desperate Town in the West.” Eventually, it became Pleasanton, and was meant to be named after Union army cavalry Major General Alfred Pleasonton (with two O’s), but a U.S. Postal Service employee made a typo, which led to the city’s current name.
Being adjacent to the major markets of Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Central Valley, Pleasanton also became widely known as a ‘bedroom community’, or a place largely inhabited by residents who commute to other cities for work. But following a major economic boom in the early 1980s, the city these days is associated with the development of a number of business parks.
While not quite like the aforementioned Silicon Valley, Pleasanton has its own share of thriving business communities. These include over 4,000 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 to home-grown innovation firms. Among these is the city’s current top employer, Kaiser Permanente, a managed care consortium that employs around 4,000 people in the region.