Known the world over

Berkeley, California is located on the East shore of the San Francisco Bay and named for Anglo-Irish Bishop and philosopher, George Berkeley. Bordering Emeryville and Oakland to the South and Albany to the North.  It's Eastern border follows the Berkeley Hills which offer commanding views of the Bay area and Pacific ocean. Once a ranch that was granted to Luis Peralta, on the opposite shore from San Francisco; it was used for cattle, hunting and farming.  Many of the streets are named after his sons, Vicente, Domingo and Peralta.  

It is also most famously, home to University of California, Berkeley which has contributed to the City being known to for it's politically liberal leanings as a center for academics, scientific exploration, free speech, the arts and most recently the "Green" movement. The construction of the new park-like site for the "College of California" began in 1866 when 2 years later they enlisted the help of "University of California".  Residences were built in the campus vicinity. It's real growth spurt occurred when those escaping the 1906 earthquake moved to the East Bay.

A mix of long time residents, new students and neighbors, the current population (2010 Census) reported a population of 112,580 of which there were 46,029 Households. The median income for a family was $102,976. 


The public schools are operated by the Berkeley Unified School District.

  • Public High School:  Berkeley High School
  • Elementary Schools: 11
  • Middle Schools : 3


Home to Chez Panisse, Peet's Coffee's flagship store, the Claremont Resort, and the Berkeley Co-op among many other notable businesses line the shopping corridors of Shattuck, Ashby, University, San Pablo, Telegraph, Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Solano Avenue's.


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