Livermore

Up till 1952 this was just a sleepy little agricultural town with about 7,000 inhabitants. That was till Dr Edward Teller, a leader in the H-Bomb development, team persuaded the U.S. government to build the Lawrence Livermore Lab https://www.llnl.gov/ to do research on nuclear weapons and other defense related projects.

This prompted a spurt in home building for the emplyees at the lab, and school development for the children of very highly educated engineers and scientists.

Since then Livermore has grown into a very diverse community with almost 83,000 residents. It has also developed a thriving wine industry with 38 Wineries in and around the City.

A good number of residents commute into Silicon Valley, and this has been improved by the Altamont Commuter Express train http://www.acerail.com/ which goes right to the heart of SiliconValley. However, there are also a substantial number of employment opportunities both locally and along the nearby Hwy 680 corridor.

Downtown is a work in progress but is a priority for the City Planners who are strongly promoting new housing, retail, and entertainment.

Schools are a mixed bag but with many in the 80th and 90th percentile, and all of them improving across the board.

A few years ago a newspaper story claimed that Livermore had the one of, if not the, highest concentration of PHD’s in the nation. With about 8,000 employees at the Lawrence Lab and anothe 1,000 at the nearby Sandia National Lab (similar mission) this is probably a very credible claim.

Las Positas Community College http://www.laspositascollege.edu/ has excellent links with the 2 research labs which help in the Teacher Training programs. In 1996 they opened an excellent science-technology center.

There is a wide mix of housing from the 3 bed 2 bath ranch houses common in all Bay Area cities during the 1950-70’s, to the mini mansions on large lots around the South side of the town.

Temperatures here will average 5 to 10% warmer than those in Silicon Valley where the San Francisco Bay keeps things cooler.

City web site is www.ci.livermore.ca.us