8 Facts About Berkeley, California


Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California.

The San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary that drains water from approximately 40% of California.

California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area.

An Alameda is a street or path lined with trees.

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It is named after the 18th-century Anglo-Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley.

Anglo-Irish was a term used primarily in the 19th and early 20th centuries to identify a privileged social class in Ireland, whose members were mostly the descendants and successors of the Protestant Ascendancy.

George Berkeley — known as Bishop Berkeley — was an Anglo-Irish philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called "immaterialism".

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It borders the cities of Oakland and Emeryville to the south and the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington to the north.


Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills.

The Berkeley Hills are a range of the Pacific Coast Ranges that overlook the northeast side of the valley that encompasses San Francisco Bay.


The 2010 census recorded a population of 112,580.


Berkeley is home to the oldest campus in the University of California system, the University of California, Berkeley, and to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed and operated by the University.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, commonly referred to as Berkeley Lab, is a United States national laboratory located in the Berkeley Hills near Berkeley, California that conducts scientific research on behalf of the United States Department of Energy.


It also has the Graduate Theological Union, one of the largest religious studies institutions in the world.

The Graduate Theological Union is a consortium of eight private independent American theological schools and eleven centers and affiliates.


It is one of the most politically liberal cities in the United States.

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