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Overview

Introduction to Livermore, California

Founded in 1869, Livermore is a city in Alameda County, California, located 34 miles east of Oakland and about 46 miles east of San Francisco. It is considered part of the San Francisco Bay Area although it is the Bay Area's easternmost city before entering the Central Valley. The city was named after Robert Livermore, a local rancher and friend of the city's founder William Mendenhall. Livermore was officially incorporated as a city in 1876.

The city is surrounded by Livermore Valley, well known for its wineries and the location of the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area. In the early sixties, Livermore remained relatively unknown despite having as much wine-producing area as its neighboring region of Napa, which gained worldwide prominence. Wente and Concannon are the two largest producers in Livermore, although there are over 25 wineries currently in operation. Livermore's best known red wine is derived from the relatively obscure Petite Sirah grape, although many interesting dessert wines are also produced by the region's warm climate.

Livermore is home to two nationally-known laboratories. The city's largest employer is the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), established in 1952. The California site of the Sandia National Laboratories is the 3rd largest employer in the city.

Livermore is also known as home to the world's longest lasting light bulb. Except for power failures and location shifts, the 4-watt bulb has been burning continuously since 1901 and currently burns brightly at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Originally hand blown with a carbon filament by the Shelby Electric Company, the bulb has drawn widespread interest from around the world as well as from The Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not. It even has its own webcam keeping a watchful eye on its continuous glow.

Livermore Arts, Culture, and Attractions

Since 1918, Livermore has hosted the Livermore Rodeo, billed as the "Worlds Fastest Rodeo". Livermore is also home to Del Valle Fine Arts, a producer of chamber music concerts. Other local artistic draws include the Livermore Valley Opera, the Livermore-Amador Symphony, the Valley Choral Society, and the Valley Dance Theatre.

Other attractions in Livermore and nearby surroundings are: the Livermore Hindu Temple, the Altamont Pass Windfarms, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Discovery Center. The Livermore History Center and Art Gallery facilitates walking tours of the historic downtown area.

Outdoor recreation can be found at Del Valle Regional Park, where swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, windsurfing, and horseback riding take place. Waterslides abound at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, which features water activities of all kinds. Hiking and biking trails can be found at Robertson Park.

Access to Bay Area attractions in the San Francisco area is less than an hour's drive away. Some of these include: Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Zoo, Chinatown, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Cable Car Museum.

Racing fans will recognize Altamont Raceway Park, located just outside of Livermore, as a noted venue to enjoy the excitement of auto/stock car racing. Once known as Altamont Speedway, this site has attracted some of the biggest names in racing history, including Andretti, Foyt, and Unser. Rock fans will remember it as the site of a heavily-documented Rolling Stones free concert which took place in 1969.

Fans of pro sports in general can catch the action from Bay Area teams located within an hour's drive:

  • National Basketball Association: Golden State Warriors
  • National Hockey League: San Jose Sharks
  • National Football League: Oakland Raiders & San Francisco 49'ers
  • Arena League Football: San Jose SaberCats
  • Baseball (Majors): Oakland Athletics & San Francisco Giants
  • Baseball (Minors): San Jose Giants (Single-A SF Giants affiliate)
  • Major League Lacrosse: San Francisco Dragons
  • Major League Soccer: San Jose Earthquakes

People

Total Population 83,901
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 43,842
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 55.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.5%
Median Earnings25+ $53,468
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,414
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,901

Wealth

Median Family Income $111,950
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,492
Median House Value $490,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.3%
Irish 12.9%

Livermore Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles N of San Jose, California
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94550, 94551
Phone Area Codes 925
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.681
Longitude -121.766

Livermore Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LIVERMORE
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 78 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station TRACY PUMPING PLANT
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 60 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station TRACY CARBONA
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 44 to 73 F
Jul Temp 55 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 79 F
Annual Precip 10.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Danville 42,891 $157,842
Dublin 49,694 $128,737
Fremont 221,654 $112,347
Pleasanton 73,164 $140,311
San Ramon 73,826 $151,494
Union City 71,675 $93,050

Livermore Public Libraries

Library
Livermore Public Library
1000 S. LIVERMORE AVE.
Livermore, California
(925) 373-5500
Library Web Site

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Livermore Hospitals

VALLEYCARE MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1111 EAST STANLEY BLVD
(925) 447-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Livermore High Schools

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GRANADA HIGH
400 WALL ST.
925-606-4800
Serves 2,080 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.1

LIVERMORE HIGH
600 MAPLE ST.
925-606-4812
Serves 2,013 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

VINEYARD ALTERNATIVE
543 SONOMA AVE.
925-606-4756
A Non-traditional School
Serves 167 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

DEL VALLE CONTINUATION HIGH
2253 FIFTH ST.
925-606-4709
A Non-traditional School
Serves 103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

PHOENIX HIGH (CONT.)
555 SONOMA AVE.
925-606-4740
A Non-traditional School
Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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