11 Cool Facts You May Not Know About Pleasanton

We’re not telling you anything you don’t know when we say Pleasanton is a fantastic place to live and work. We love serving our patients here. The town and its people are amazing in every way.

But here are 11 things you might now know about our gem of a community:

  • This one is no secret: Pleasanton is widely considered one of the best places to live, ranked #4 in the country by USA Today in 2014, #63 by Money in 2010, and in 2009 by Forbes.

  • Pleasanton is also financially comfortable. In 2013, NerdWallet named it the third richest city in the U.S.

  • Before there was Pleasanton, it was Alisal, located where Rancho Santa Rita is now.

  • The early town of Alisal was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West.”

  • Despite what you may have heard, the town didn’t get its current name because it’s a nice place to live. It was actually named after Major General Alfred Pleasonton, a friend of Alameda County justice of the peace John W. Kottinger.

  • But wait, you say, Alfred Pleasonton’s name is spelled differently. That’s right! Thanks to a typo by the U.S. Postal service, Pleasanton has the spelling you know today.

  • The highest recorded temperature in Pleasanton was a whopping 115 degrees. Wow!

  • Pleasanton has been home to a great number of famous and influential people. Among them is Phoebe Hearst, mother of famed mogul William Randolph Hearst, who was spoofed in Orson Welles’ legendary film Citizen Kane.

  • None other than John Madden, perhaps the best known football commentator in history, has also called Pleasanton home.

  • Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert is also from Pleasanton.

  • Many huge corporations call Pleasanton home, including Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Veeva Systems.

As you can see, Pleasanton is an endlessly fascinating place with lots of fun trivia attached to it.

We have a great community, and that’s thanks to the great people who live here. We’ve been serving the community for years, and hope to do so for many more years to come. We love Pleasanton!