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Dublin is California’s fastest growing city. Here’s why it’s booming

By Susie Nelson, San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 2023

“From 2010 to 2020, [Dublin] became a boomtown, growing its population from 46,000 to nearly 73,000 — a 58 percent increase. Dublin wasn’t just the fastest-growing city in the Bay Area over that time period; it was the fastest-growing city in all of California, and the 12th fastest-growing city of 50,000 people or more in the U.S. The city’s population growth was essentially flat from 2020 to 2021, while the rest of the region’s population declined.

“One significant factor [in Dublin’s “staggering” growth] is that unlike most other Bay Area (and California) towns, Dublin has built housing — lots and lots of it. From 2010 to 2020, the city permitted nearly 1,800 new housing units per 10,000 existing residents as of 2010. That’s nearly double the rate of Milpitas, the city that took a distant second place in terms of permits approved. And it’s more than four times the rate of San Francisco.

“Second, and relatedly, Dublin is a great place to raise kids, according to [Kim Deol, a Dublin-based Realtor] — who is a mother of two children who she raised primarily in Dublin.

“Most importantly, Deol said: Dublin’s public schools are highly rated. The Dublin Unified School District ranks among the best in Alameda County, and ranked 33rd out of 438 California school districts according to a recent survey by influential school data analytics company Niche.

“Dublin’s population growth has been driven almost entirely by people who identify as Asian.

“[Shari Jackman, communications manager for the city of Dublin] said that one reason many Asian families may be attracted to Dublin is that many of the city’s newer homes also include accessory dwelling units, which often attract multigenerational families.”

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