Berkeley is a city on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay. Its neighbors to the south are the cities of Oakland and Emeryville. The population was 112,580 at the 2010 census. The city is named after Bishop George Berkeley and is easily recognized by the Sather Tower landmark at the University of California.

Berkeley is the site of the University of California, Berkeley, the oldest of the University of California system, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The city is noted as one of the most politically liberal in the nation.

Berkeley has a cool summer Mediterranean climate with dry summers and wet winters. The summers are cooler than a typical Mediterranean climate thanks to upwelling ocean currents along the California coast. These help produce cool and foggy nights and mornings. Berkeley’s location directly opposite the Golden Gate ensures that typical eastward fog flow blankets the city more often than its neighbors.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Berkeley had a population of 112,580. The population density was 10,752 people per square mile of land area (4,104/km²). The racial makeup of Berkeley was 59.5% White, 10.0% Black or African American, 19.3% Asian and the rest coming from from two or more races. 18.4% of homes have children under the age of 18 living in them, with an average household size of 2.17.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $57,189, and the median income for a family was $93,297.

Berkeley Summary

Average price per square foot for Berkeley CA is $419. The median home sales price in Berkeley CA for May 12 to Jul 12 was $600,000 based on 275 home sales. The average listing price for homes for sale in Berkeley CA is $851,342. Popular neighborhoods in Berkeley include Berkeley Hills and South Berkeley, with average listing prices of $1,095,482 and $405,854.

According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Some others include:

Berkeley has a number of distinct neighborhoods.

Surrounding the University of California campus are the most densely populated parts of the city. West of the campus is Downtown Berkeley, the city’s traditional commercial core; home of the civic center, the city’s only public high school, the busiest BART station in Berkeley, as well as a major transfer point for AC Transit buses. South of the campus is the Southside neighborhood, mainly a student ghetto, where much of the university’s student housing is located. The busiest stretch of Telegraph Avenue is in this neighborhood. North of the campus is the quieterNorthside neighborhood, the location of the Graduate Theological Union. Most of Berkeley’s neighborhoods are primarily made up of detached houses, often with separate in-law units in the rear, although larger apartment buildings are also common in many neighborhoods. Commercial activities are concentrated along the major avenues and at important intersections. In the southeastern corner of the city is the Claremont District, home to the Claremont Hotel; and the Elmwood District, with a small shopping area on College Avenue. West of Elmwood is South Berkeley, known for its weekend flea market at the Ashby Station. West of (and including) San Pablo Avenue, a major commercial corridor, is West Berkeley, the historic commercial center of the city, and the former unincorporated town of Ocean View. West Berkeley contains the remnants of Berkeley’s industrial area, much of which has been replaced by retail and office uses, as well as residential live/work loft space, with the decline of manufacturing in the United States. The areas of South and West Berkeley are in the midst of redevelopment. Some residents have opposed redevelopment in this area. Along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay at the foot of University Avenue is the Berkeley Marina. Nearby is Berkeley’s Aquatic Park, featuring an artificial linear lagoon of San Francisco Bay. North of Downtown is the North Berkeley neighborhood, which has been nicknamed the “Gourmet Ghetto” because of the concentration of well-known restaurants and other food-related businesses. Further north are Northbrae, a master-planned subdivision from the early 20th century, and Thousand Oaks. Above these last three neighborhoods, in the northeastern part of Berkeley, are the Berkeley Hills. The neighborhoods of the Berkeley Hills such as Cragmont and La Loma Park are notable for their dramatic views, winding streets, and numerous public stairways and paths.

Arts and Culture

Berkeley is home to the Chilean-American community’s La Peña Cultural Center, the largest cultural center for this community in the United States and the City is known for annual events such as Berkeley Juggling and Unicycling Festival, Jewish Music Festival and the Berkeley Arts Festival.


Colleges and Universities

University of California Berkeley’s main campus is in the city limits.

The Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of nine independent theological schools, is located a block north of the University of California Berkeley’s main campus. The Graduate Theological Union has the largest number of students and faculty of any religious studies doctoral program in the United States. In addition, Berkeley City College is a community college in the Peralta Community College District.

Primary and secondary schools

Black Pine Circle School ,Private, K – 8
John Muir Elementary School, Public, K – 5
Berkeley Technology Academy, Public, 10 – 12

Berkeley High School

The Berkeley Unified School District operates public schools.

The first public school in Berkeley was the Ocean View School, now the site of the Berkeley Adult School located at Virginia Street and San Pablo Avenue. The public schools today are administered by the Berkeley Unified School District. In the 1960s, Berkeley was one of the earliest US cities to voluntarily desegregate, utilizing a system of buses, still in use. The city has only one public high school, Berkeley High School (BHS) which was established in 1880 and has over 3,000 students. The Berkeley High campus was designated a historic district by the National Register of Historic Places on January 7, 2008. Saint Mary’s College High School, a Catholic school, has its street address in Berkeley, although most of the grounds and buildings are actually in neighboring Albany. Berkeley has 11 elementary schools and three middle schools.

There is also the Bay Area Technology School, the only school in the whole Bay Area to offer a technology – and science-based curriculum, with connections to leading universities.