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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population86,493
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+45,306
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married56.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.8%
Median Earnings25+$55,265
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,012
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,225

Wealth

Median Family Income$117,257
% Above Poverty Level94.6%
% Below Poverty Level5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone19.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,673
Median House Value$595,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.9%
German14.8%
Irish11.6%
English9.5%
Italian7.7%
Portuguese3.6%
Scottish3.1%
French Except Basque2.7%
Swedish2.2%
Norwegian2%
Polish1.9%
Dutch1.3%
Russian1%
Danishn1%
Arab0.9%
Greek0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Czech0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Afghan)0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Maltese0.2%
African0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Livermore Almanac

CategoryValue
County Alameda County
Standard Zip Codes94550, 94551
Phone Area Codes925
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.68
Approximate Longitude-121.75

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)

StationLIVERMORE
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp37 to 57 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 78 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches
StationTRACY PUMPING PLANT
Distance12.9 miles
Jan Temp39 to 56 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp60 to 93 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip12.5 inches
StationTRACY CARBONA
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 55 F
Apr Temp44 to 73 F
Jul Temp55 to 93 F
Oct Temp47 to 79 F
Annual Precip10.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Danville43,758$165,955
Dublin54,523$141,035
Fremont227,934$122,328
Pleasanton77,046$150,470
San Ramon74,366$153,296
Union City73,500$98,499

Livermore Public Libraries

Livermore Public Library
1188 S. LIVERMORE AVE.
Livermore, California
(925) 373-5500

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Livermore Hospitals

Valley Memorial Hospital - Livermore
(Non-profit)
1111 E. Stanley Boulevard
Va Medical Center - Livermore Division
(Government - Federal)
4951 Arroyo Rd

Livermore Public Schools

Arroyo Seco Elementary
5280 Irene Way
ZIP: 94550
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Del Valle Continuation High
2253 Fifth St.
ZIP: 94550
High
Total Enrollment 143
East Avenue Middle
3951 E. Ave.
ZIP: 94550
Middle
Total Enrollment 624
Emma C. Smith Elementary
391 Ontario Dr.
ZIP: 94550
Primary
Total Enrollment 727
Granada High
400 Wall St.
ZIP: 94550
High
Total Enrollment 2017
Jackson Avenue Elementary
554 Jackson Ave.
ZIP: 94550
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Joe Michell
1001 Elaine Ave.
ZIP: 94550
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Livermore High
600 Maple St.
ZIP: 94550
High
Total Enrollment 1771
Sunset Elementary
1671 Frankfurt Way
ZIP: 94550
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Vineyard Alternative
1401 Almond Ave.
ZIP: 94550
Other
Total Enrollment 93
William Mendenhall Middle
1701 El Padro Dr.
ZIP: 94550
Middle
Total Enrollment 958
Altamont Creek Elementary
6500 Garaventa Ranch Rd.
ZIP: 94551
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
Andrew N. Christensen Middle
5757 Haggin Oaks Ave.
ZIP: 94551
Middle
Total Enrollment 661
Junction K-8
298 Junction Ave.
ZIP: 94551
Primary
Total Enrollment 872
Leo R. Croce Elementary
5650 Scenic Ave.
ZIP: 94551
Primary
Total Enrollment 594
Livermore Valley Charter
3142 Constitution Dr
ZIP: 94551
Primary
Total Enrollment 1113
Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High
2451 Portola Ave.
ZIP: 94551
High
Total Enrollment 406
Marylin Avenue Elementary
800 Marylin Ave.
ZIP: 94551
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Rancho Las Positas Elementary
401 E. Jack London Blvd.
ZIP: 94551
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Special Education Preschool
5650 Senic Ave.
ZIP: 94551
Tri-valley Rop
1040 Florence Rd.
ZIP: 94551
High

Livermore Private Schools

Our Savior Lutheran School
1385 S Livermore Ave
ZIP: 94550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
St Michael School
345 Church St
ZIP: 94550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 243
Sunset Christian School
2200 Arroyo Rd
ZIP: 94550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Kindercare Learning Center #838
4655 Lassen Rd
ZIP: 94551
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Valley Montessori School
1273 N Livermore Ave
ZIP: 94551
Elementary
Total Enrollment 339
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