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City of Berkeley


In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County alone, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts.

Berkeley is a constantly changing mix of long-time residents and new neighbors, and whether you just arrived from Albany or Azerbaijan, you are welcome here.

We’ll leave the character sketches to the artists and poets, but here is some demographic information about Berkeley from the 2010 U.S. Census. If you’re looking for historical information, the Berkeley Library and the Berkeley Historical Society are great places to start. You can also read our Mission Statement here.


Denise Brown
Recreation & Youth Services Manager