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A quiet and wonderful city to grow up in. Having been here over 20 years of my life, I can safely wander around downtown without having a single worry about crime. The people are very friendly as if the entire city is a single nieghborhood! Highly recommend bringing your young families here. Public transporation is easily accessible via the BART system that runs right through the city. With two stops within the same city, getting anywhere around the Bay Area is quite easy!
Pleasanton is a beautiful town located in the Bay Area. There are really so many things I love about this town - namely, it is safe, clean, and well-connected. There are always community activities going on because the city is well-coordinated, but there is plenty to do nearby - big cities like Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose are all about an hour away. Everybody here is incredibly friendly and knows each other. The schools have strong curriculum and teachers are always pushing their students to be their best. The only things I think the city could work on or is missing are the lack of nightlife (most places downtown close around 10 pm and there isn't much for kids/teens to do) and the fact that it is mostly a wealthy, white town, so it lacks diversity and affordable housing. Despite these factors missing, I would not trade my experience growing up in Pleasanton for anything because I know I am safe, well-cared for, and prepared for college and the future.
It is a small suburban town which has everything you need right within reach by foot, bike or short 5 minute drive. The most endearing part of Pleasanton is the events the town or local sponsors host across the town. Every weekend there is always something to do either at the Alameda County Fair Ground or downtown in the old town square which hosts several holiday parades and events. If I could change one thing about Pleasanton it would be the real-estate prices for home and rental apartments, cost of living is too expensive to stay in town.