About the City of Berkeley

The city of Berkeley, California sits just north of Oakland and across from San Francisco on the San Francisco Bay. It is the fourth-largest city in Alameda County by population, with more than 116,000 reported residents as of 2013.

Berkeley takes its namesake from an 18th century Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley, who is credited with the interesting theory of subjective idealism.

Berkeley’s History

Berkeley has been a chartered city since March of 1895, 17 years after its incorporation into the United States. Its council-manager form of government divides responsibilities between the mayor and eight council members, all who are elected to four-year terms, and an appointed city administrator.

The University of California, Berkeley is the oldest campus within the University of California system, and home to the Graduate Theological Union and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. UC Berkeley educates more than 20,000 undergraduate students and more than 10,000 graduate students on average each fall semester. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc., received his bachelor of science from UC Berkeley in 1986.

Attractions and Other Interesting Facts

The motto for the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau is “Come for the Culture, Stay for the Food.” There’s a wide variety of things to do and experience in Berkeley, whether visitors wish to satiate their appetite for great food and craft beer or quench their thirst for adventure in the great outdoors.

Microbrewing has taken Berkeley by storm – Albatross Pub, Pyramid Alehouse, Torpedo Room and the Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse all comprise what’s known as the Berkeley Brew Trail.

Attractions like Adventure Playground and Aquatic Park keep kids and adults of all ages entertained for hours. Both visitors and locals enjoy venturing to the neighborhood parks, including Cesar Chavez Park, Indian Rock Park, Codornices Park and the Shorebird Park Nature Center.