The fourth largest city in Alameda County, Berkeley is referred to as a city with a small population and a big reputation. Around the globe, Berkeley is well known for its academic excellence, scientific pursuits, free speech and the arts.

The renowned University of California, or simply “Cal” as it is affectionately known, put Berkeley on the map in the 60s and 70s with protests and marches that made headlines across the country and around the world. Berkeley is still noted today for its civic involvement and social action. With more than 35 boards and commissions, about 350 volunteer residents advise the City Council annually on a spectrum of topics from aging to zoning. Council sessions are almost always at full capacity.

The University population has a dramatic effect on housing and transit as well. About half the residences are single unit, while the rest are multi-units to accommodate the large student population. Accessible public transportation is a high priority, and it should be noted that every Berkeley residence is within a quarter mile of a bus stop. Additionally, more than 36 miles of designated bike routes criss-cross the community.

Berkeley is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and is one of the most progressive environmentally-conscious cities you’ll find; reports that Berkeley diverts 76 percent of its waste away from landfills and toward recycling, composting and re-use.

Tiffany Pavon

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