El Cerrito, California

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El Cerrito, California

Introduction to El Cerrito, California

El Cerrito, California, in Contra Costa County, is 2 miles SE of Richmond, California (center to center) and 8 miles N of Oakland, California. Part of the surrounding Oakland metro area, the city is not isolated. El Cerrito is home to some 23,171 residents.

El Cerrito History

Originally, the city that is now known as El Cerrito, had a ranch owned by Luís María Peralta’s family called the Don Victór Castro's Rancho San Pablo. Refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake settled here, and called their camp Rust. This later became a village which was eventually incorporated in 1917. It was initially christened "Rust" after the founder, a German immigrant named Wilhelm F. Rust. The name was later changed to El Cerrito.

El Cerrito and nearby Attractions

  • El Cerrito Branch Contra Costa County Library
  • El Cerrito City Hall
  • El Cerrito Plaza Station
  • Contra Costa Civic Theatre
  • Mira Vista Country Club
  • Fairmont Park

Things To Do In El Cerrito

The city has a number of popular tourist attractions like the county library, the city hall, the civic theatre and the memorial building. The San Pablo Avenue and Fairmount Avenue are lined with commercial and shopping businesses. The Cerrito Theater, which was formerly a furniture shop, has been restored into a hybrid restaurant/ movie theatre which is now very popular destination in the Bay Area. The city has an array of amusement parks like the Huber Park, the Cerrito Vista Park, the Fairmont Park and the Arlington Park that provide a host of recreational facilities for one to enjoy with family and friends. There are a number of churches around the city and visitors can also browse through the shops in the various shopping centers.

El Cerrito Transportation

Air transportation is available from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.

El Cerrito Higher Education

The city is served by Contra Costa College.

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High Points

El Cerrito strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy El Cerrito Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% El Cerrito College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% El Cerrito Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% El Cerrito Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% El Cerrito Well-Paid Single Men
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% El Cerrito Walking and Biking to Work
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% El Cerrito Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of El Cerrito, California

Comparing El Cerrito to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Racial Diversity 10 7
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 10
Female Share of the Population 7 9
Male Share of the Population 4 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 3
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 5
People Living Alone 7 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 3
Housing Recently Built 2 1
Affordability of Rents 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 3
Low Property Crime 2 1

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El Cerrito Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SE of Richmond, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Oakland, California
County Contra Costa
Standard Zip Codes 94530
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.915
Longitude -122.31

El Cerrito Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 64 F
Jul Temp 55 to 70 F
Oct Temp 54 to 70 F
Annual Precip 25.4 inches
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 73 F
Oct Temp 55 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
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El Cerrito Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,171 100%
Male 10,956 47.3%
Female 12,215 52.7%
Under 18 3,692 15.9%
18+ 19,479 84.1%
65+ 4,733 20.4%
Median Age 42.7
Average Family Size 2.81
White 13,391 57.8%
African-American 1,978 8.5%
Asian 5,649 24.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 116 0.5%
Other 708 3.1%
Mixed Race 1,270 5.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,838 7.9%

Estimated El Cerrito Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,868
Growth -303
Growth % -1.3%

El Cerrito Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.7%
German 7.8%
English 7.7%
Irish 5.7%
Italian 5.7%
Scottish 1.9%
European 1.8%
Polish 1.7%
Russian 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
US/American 1.6%
Iranian 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Swedish 1.2%
Dutch 1.1%
Portuguese 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
British 0.8%
Swiss 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Israeli 0.5%
African 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
El Cerrito 23,171 $69,397
Albany 16,444 $64,269
Berkeley 102,743 $70,434
Emeryville 6,882 $57,063
Pinole 19,039 $70,172
Richmond 99,216 $46,659
San Pablo 30,215 $42,042

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(As of 2005)
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San Pablo & Fairmount
3090 El Cerrito Plaza
San Pablo & Wall
11861 San Pablo Avenue
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El Cerrito High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,516 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

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