El Cerrito is a city with numerous positive attributes — great location, pleasant climate, stable residential neighborhoods, good transit and highway access, numerous parks and recreational facilities, and involved residents.
El Cerrito is located just across the bay from San Francisco, and the hilly areas of El Cerrito provide spectacular views of its famous neighbor. The Silicon Valley, Berkeley, and Sacramento are within easy reach. El Cerrito is strategically located along Interstate 80 and is less than 30 miles from two major airports. Its extensive transportation system includes two Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.
Located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, this 3.9-square-mile city is blessed with a pleasant climate year-round. Its residents enjoy the 80-acre tree-lined Hillside Park open space, as well as 45 acres of parks, 18 acres of school recreational areas, and 38 acres of other amenities. These amenities include the Ohlone Greenway, a pleasantly landscaped area which runs along the BART right of way the length of the city and is popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists.
The local community center offers recreational classes and activities for all age groups. El Cerrito Plaza, with its many restaurants, stores and weekly farmersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ market, is a local favorite and is being expanded and updated. Conveniently located in the East Bay, two BART stations and easy freeway access make this city an ideal commuter’s choice. With homes located from the flats to the hills, El Cerrito is still an affordable alternative to its neighboring cities.
One of the city’s greatest assets is its residents. El Cerrito is a well-educated community, with 70 percent of people 25 and over having attended college. Its population, estimated at 23,596, has a history of civic involvement.