About Berkeley: What We Do

Education

With 68 percent of residents with associates’ degrees or better, and 26 percent of our population enrolled in higher education, Berkeley has one of the best-educated populations in the country. The high value that residents place on education also translates to strong support for Berkeley’s public and professional schools.

Total Berkeley population: 102,743
Residents enrolled in school: 39,353 

The schools are run by their own governing bodies and more information is available by following the links below:

Top Ten Employers

UC Berkeley (23,524)

Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Laboratory (4,200)

Alta Bates (3,100)

City of Berkeley (1,464)

Bayer (1,476)

Berkeley Schools (1,200)

Kaiser Permanente (700)

Berkeley Bowl (400)

Pacific Steel Casting (350)

Andronico’s Market (291)

Berkeley City College (290)

*City of Berkeley employment figures include Library and Rent Board.

(Office of Economic Development)

Parks and Recreation

From the hills of Tilden Park to the San Francisco Bay and Northern California’s largest public marina, Berkeley has extraordinary recreation options for a city its size. More than 300 days of sun a year allow residents plenty of time to peruse farmers’ markets, go to outdoor festivals, and take long walks through Berkeley’s diverse neighborhoods. Click here for a list of the City’s parks.

The Berkeley Marina is linked to the city by a state-of-the-art bicycle bridge, provides 105 acres of parks and open space, and has berths for 1,000 boats. Click here to learn more about the Marina’s facilities and programs.

Berkeley has more than 80 acres of state park and borders 2,077-acre Tilden ParkClick here for more information about the East Bay Regional Park District.

Berkeley has three facilities dedicated to seniors, complete with recreation, meals and health programs. Click here to visit the Division on Aging.

The Arts

This city of only 100,000 people leads the East Bay in its creation and support of music, theater, and dance. The supply of cultural opportunities is nearly endless and makes Berkeley a destination for music, theater and art fans from all over the Bay Area. Arts enrich the lives of residents and have a substantial impact on the economy.

Berkeley is home to 130 arts and cultural organizations, including two arts districts on Addison and Ashby streets. For a detailed list of “Things to Do” in Berkeley, including live arts and museums, please visit the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information about how the City promotes arts, click here to visit the Civic Arts Program.