The City of Livermore is as much connected to 21st Century innovation and discovery, as it is to its roots in California’s rich agricultural history. Located in the state’s oldest wine region, Livermore is also home to two important national laboratories and a unique public-private partnership to spur growth of new technologies companies. Livermore’s residents enjoy high-quality city services, superb residential living, a vibrant and historic downtown, and access to both work and play.
Founded in 1869, and officially incorporated in 1876, Livermore is located in the Livermore Valley, part of the Tri-valley region of Livermore, Amador, and San Ramon valleys. It sits on the easternmost edge of Alameda County, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and is considered the gateway to the Central Valley. The 26.4-square-mile city is approximately 44 miles from San Francisco, and 33 miles from Oakland, to the west, about 30 miles from San Jose to the south, and about 40 miles from Stockton in the Central Valley to the northeast. More than 83,000 people make Livermore their home.
Livermore’s Mediterranean climate and superior soils are perfect for wine growing, which is why the Livermore Valley Wine Country is home to more than 50 wineries, many of them award-winning and celebrated throughout the world. Nestled near picturesque hills with stunning vistas, the wineries are not only popular destinations for serious wine aficionados and tourists, but also for weddings, special events, and corporate gatherings. Thousands of people come to the historic downtown in early May each year for the Livermore Wine Country Festival.
The western heritage of Livermore is celebrated annually on the second full weekend of June at the Livermore Rodeo, billed as the “world’s fastest rodeo”. For almost a century, people have enjoyed watching events like Saddle Bronc and Bareback Riding, Wild Cow Milking, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding. The celebration includes a parade on Saturday, right through the center of downtown. Also in June is the Chili Shooters Stampede, where downtown restaurants show off their best chili recipes and Livermore’s western heritage is showcased through special activities.
Historic downtown Livermore continues to be an important gathering place for residents, business, and visitors. A strong downtown association is working to preserve the historical nature of the city center, as well as make it a walkable and attractive area for shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural activities. Besides numerous boutiques and restaurants, downtown Livermore includes a 10-screen movie theater, a 500-seat cultural arts theater, a year-round farmers’ market, and even interactive fountains for cooling off during warm summer days. Besides the Wine Country Festival, and the Chili Stampede, other popular downtown events include the Downtown Halloween Carnival, and the Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade and Tree Lighting.
Recently Livermore became the site of Northern California’s newest outlet shopping center. The Livermore Premium Outlets features 130 upscale stores, including Armani, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Burberry, Kate Spade New York, Prada, and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
As Livermore’s ranches and farms gave way to progress, the city became the home to two world-renowned laboratories, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratory, the city’s two largest employers. Coupled with the city’s long history of pursuing educational excellence, these laboratories have helped make Livermore an important technological hub. In fact, the State of California recently designated a unique public-private regional partnership located in Livermore as an “iHub”. The partnership, called the i-GATE (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence) National Energy Systems Technology (NEST) Incubator, was created to foster new technology companies, and the creation of jobs in clean energy, green transportation, and high performance computing.
Livermore’s historic roots and future in innovation will continue to make the city one of the best places to live, work, and play in the San Francisco Bay Area.
• Region: Livermore Valley
• Size: 26.44 square miles
• Temperature: average high of 89° in summer; average low of 39° in winter
• Residential Population: 83,325
• Median Household Income: $92,997
• Education: 43.1 percent earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
• Elementary, Middle and High Schools (public): 22
Livermore started as a sleepy ranch town of about 75 residents in the mid-19th Century, and now is a vibrant midsize city of 83,325, according to the City of Livermore. As of the last Census, Livermore is the third wealthiest midsize city, behind Newport Beach, CA., and number two, Livermore’s neighbor, Pleasanton, at number one.
The 2011 data used below is the latest available from the U.S. Census, through its American Community Survey.
The estimated median age of Livermore residents is 39. About a quarter of the population is under 18. People between the ages of 20 and 34 make up 17 percent of Livermore’s residents, with nearly 34 percent between the ages of 35 and 54, and 11 percent between the ages of 55 and 64. Just over 10 percent of the population is older than 65.
Around 65 percent of Livermore’s residents are white, with Hispanics making up the next largest group at 19 percent. Asians make up about 10 percent of the city, and African Americans are nearly 2 percent.
The estimated median income for a household in the city in 2011 was estimated at $96,322; the median income for a family was $108,406. Less than six percent of the population was living below the poverty line.
About a quarter of Livermore residents older than age 25 have completed a bachelor’s degree, and another 12.3 percent earned a graduate or professional degree. Another 10 percent achieved an associate’s degree, and 25 percent reported completing some college with no degree.