A small unincorporated area unfortunately stuck in the middle of Oakland
and San Ramon
. While the schools used to be good, now they are full of inner-district transfers of students who generally do poorly at their respective schools in their cities so Castro Valley gets students who are academically challenged and just don't give a shit about it because they don't live in the area and don't care if it brings the values of the homes in the area down (for all the people saying the housing is overpriced it's because the schools USED to be good and people wanted their kids to go to them). Furthermore, it isn't known for ghetto kids because Castro Valley is FAR from it. It was known for chickens (try brushing up on history). People who live in Castro Valley aren't racist or ghetto because 90% of the people you see daily aren't from there.