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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 24,418
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 18.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,176
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 54.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $105,345
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 8.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 23.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,515
Median House Value $608,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.7%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station BERKELEY
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
Station OAKLAND MUSEUM
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
Station UPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albany 19,249 $90,680
Berkeley 117,384 $118,190
Emeryville 10,830 $93,134
Pinole 18,922 $79,129
Richmond 107,597 $59,624
San Pablo 29,777 $47,871

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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EL CERRITO SENIOR HIGH
540 ASHBURY AVE.
510-525-0234
Serves 1,516 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

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