Map of the Month

Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.

May 2017

Northern California Mega Region Employment Density

This month's Map of the Month highlights employment centers within the 21 - County Northern California Mega Region. Employment Centers were defined within built-up areas where there was an employment density of over 5,000 jobs per square mile. Jobs within the Mega Region were broken down by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors, and were grouped into 7 related classifications. The Mega Region had over 5.7 million jobs in 2016. The largest shares of jobs are in the Information, Professional Services, Management & Administration sectors (over 1.2 million). The top five employment centers within the Mega Region are in Santa Clara (988,657), Alameda (762,089), San Francisco (642,093), Sacramento (617,947), and Contra Costa Counties (408,669).