The San Francisco Bay Area in California is well known for its amusements. This area refers to cities on the east side of San Francisco and San Pablo bays. East Bay has grown around the Bay area to include Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. There is a wide range of people and cities in the East Bay region. Some of these places are older and less wealthy than counter parts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The area is linked by the Bart Rail System and highways.
San Francisco was developed as a settlement because of its location to the Golden Gate strait and sea. East Bay was most important in the 19th century because it made the Bay area accessible by land. The Transcontinental Railroad was most important for land accessibility in 1868. There was a western terminus in Oakland at Long Wharf. Today the Port of Oakland is the largest part of East Bay for container shipping in the United States.
East Bay is considered Oakland, Fremont, Richmond, and Berkeley. There is also outer East Bay with Livermore, Dublin, Martinez, and Concord cities. These are newer cities with more wealth than the coastal cities.