Berkeley, CA, City Facts and Higher Education Info

Berkeley, California, is a small city situated on the San Francisco Bay. It is home to a number of universities, colleges and theological schools. Keep reading to learn more about Berkeley's population and economy and to get details on the schools in the area.

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Information about Berkeley

Berkeley, California, is situated in Alameda County, across the bay from the city of San Francisco. The city had a population of about 118,853 based on 2014 estimates from the U.S. census. Nearly 55% of Berkeley's residents were white, 19% were Asian, 10% were African American and 11% were Hispanic in that same year. Housing prices in Berkeley are among the highest in the country, with an average home value of more than $719,500, as noted in 2010-2014 census info.

The city's attractions include the Berkeley Rose Garden, People's Park, Telegraph Avenue and the Claremont Resort. Residents can choose from various retail districts, including Fourth Street and Solano Avenue. The greater San Francisco Bay Area offers a galaxy of cultural, entertainment and recreational offerings, from art museums and world-class theater to camping and hiking in the mountains that ring the metropolitan area.

Higher Education

Berkeley is most well-known nationwide for being home to the University of California at Berkeley, one of the country's most prestigious public institutions of higher learning. The University of California at Berkeley is the oldest and most highly-ranked campus in the University of California system and offers over 200 degrees, both baccalaureate and postgraduate, in many different disciplines. UC-Berkeley is famous for being a center of the student anti-war movement during the 1960s and 1970s.

The city has thirteen other schools, including the Berkeley City College, a 2-year community college, the American Baptist Seminary of the West, the Wright Institute and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. The Bay Area hosts several other colleges and universities of note, including the University of San Francisco and Stanford University.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed nearly 8,000 people. Accommodation and food services employed about 6,000 people, while retail trade employed nearly 5,500 people.

The City of Berkeley reported that the largest employer of residents was the University of California, Berkeley, followed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Alta Bates Medical Center. Other local businesses included the Bayer Corporation and Pacific Steel Casting Company. Many residents commute to jobs in other cities within the Bay Area, including Oakland and San Francisco, both home to the headquarters of many multinational corporations.

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