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Berkeley is a city in Alameda County, in the San Francisco-Oakland metro area.

The community was named after Irish Bishop George Berkeley.

The latitude of Berkeley is 37.871N. The longitude is -122.271W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 171 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 102,049.


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Median household income
Local
$44,485
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Berkeley demographic reports
Berkeley is on San Francisco Bay.
The city's reputation as a hotbed for dissent began with the student protests of the 1960s.
Public transportation: AC Transit, BART (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 926. The number of murders and homicides was 6. The violent crime rate was 8.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 6 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Berkeley received national attention for 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, who lived here with her boyfriend, Steven Weed
Filming location for:
· 1967 movie, "The Graduate"
· 1991 movie, "Defending Your Life"
· 1990 movie, "Taking Care of Business"
Well-known residents have included:
· Ben Affleck, actor
· Pat Morita, actor
· Chick Hafey, baseball player
· Phil Lesh, bass player (Grateful Dead)
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade - Sept. 30, 2007
  • Jewish Music Festival - March 8-25, 2007
  • Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival - Aug. 22-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Berkeley web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, California Shakespeare Theater
Nearby parks & recreation: Tilden Regional Park, Claremont Canyon
Berkeley attractions: Berkeley Rose Garden, University Botanical Gardens
Historic sites and museums: University Art Museum, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Colleges and universities: University of California, Vista Community College, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 311

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Berkeley demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Alameda County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Oakland area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94709 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Berkeley residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Berkeley ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Berkeley was $30,477, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

64% of Berkeley residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Berkeley, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $692.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,858.


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Libraries in Berkeley include Berkeley Public Library - Central, Claremont Branch Library, North Branch Library, South Branch Library, West Branch Library ... View libraries

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Alameda County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Berkeley political report.

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Berkeley restaurants taking online reservations include Adagia Restaurant, Bistro Liaison, Cafe Rouge, Downtown, Eccolo, India Palace Restaurant, Jordans at the Claremont Resort and Spa, Le Theatre French Restaurant, Paragon at the Claremont Resort and Spa, Skates on the Bay ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Berkeley workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Berkeley between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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