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6 Reasons to Move to Livermore, CA

1. Geography

Livermore, located 43 miles southeast of San Francisco, 30 miles southeast of Oakland, and 29 miles northeast of San Jose, is part of the Tri-Valley area, comprising Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys.
The city has a total of 26.44 square miles and lies 480 feet above the sea level. It’s the most populous city in the Tri-Valley, in Alameda County; with an estimated population of over 85,000 people.
Four streams drain this area: Arroyo Mocho, Arroyo Valle, Arroyo Seco and Arroyo Las Posita. The Mocho Subbasin is the major source of ground water.
The Livermore Valley which has an extension of 15 miles long (east to west) and its 10 miles wide (north to south), lies 30 miles east of and behind the first coastal range of foot hills that surround the San Francisco Bay Area. Several mountain passes on the valley, to the west and to the east, connect the Bay Area and the Central Valley.
Local seismic areas, including the Greenville Fault and the Tesla Fault, lie nearby.

1.a Climate

Livermore has a Mediterranean climate, but in reality, it is close to a semi-arid climate because the amount of precipitation is very low during the year. Protection by the coastal range causes the Livermore Valley to have a mild climate. Summer temperatures range from warm to hot, and the weather is mostly dry.
Temperatures in the summer average in the 75 to 85 °F range, but sometimes reach 100 °F or even 110 °F during the day. Summer nights are normally much cooler, with lows between 50 and 60 °F.
The period with largest amount of rain goes from September to May; nearly all of the 14.6 inches of annual Livermore precipitation comes in this time. Fortunately at about 50% of the days are sunny with clear skies during these months. In late summer, subtropical moisture occasionally surges into the Livermore Valley, bringing high humidity, monsoon clouds, and in rare occasions, thunderstorms
December and January are usually the coldest months, with a high of about 56 °F and a low of about 38 °F; occasional frost occurs sometimes on clear mornings, and it’s not rare that during an exceptionally cold night, temperatures drop to as low as the 20 to 25 °F (−7 to −4 °C).
Sometimes light snow dusts the surrounding hills and the valley.
In the summer, the strong evening wind (with a speed of about 9 miles per hour, that brings cool air off the Pacific Ocean into the Livermore Valley), generates electricity via the wind turbines mounted in Altamont Pass.

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2. Economy

Livermore is the California site of two DOE National Laboratories:

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a federally funded research and development center, as well as the largest employer in Livermore, houses the IBM Sequoia supercomputer and the world’s highest-energy laser. It is also the location of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), that is working to create the first sustained, controlled nuclear fusion reaction, to generate fusion power, a potential energy source.
In 2012, the chemical element with atomic number 116 was given the name livermorium, after this facility.
Sandia National Laboratories, which is operated by Sandia Corporation (a Lockheed-Martin owned Company), is also located in the city.
These laboratories are well-known for their scientific research in developing the United States nuclear arsenal, among other relevant projects.
I-GATE (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence), stimulates large-scale, high-tech business development drawn by the two labs we mentioned above.
Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is one of the oldest wine regions in California, and it’s well-known for being a pioneer in the state’s wine industry. Traditional family brands, larger wineries, and small production artisans coexist in the same region.
The top employers in Livermore are: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, US Foods, Comcast, City of Livermore, Livermore Area Recreation Park District (LARPD), Activant, Harris Rebar, Topcon, Costco, Lam Research, Target and Wal-Mart, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.

3. Education

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) operates 11 elementary (K-5 and K-8) schools, three middle schools (grades 6-8), two comprehensive high schools, and three alternative high schools in Livermore.
High schools in the community include: Livermore High School and Granada High School. There are also, three Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) institutions: Del Valle and Phoenix Continuation High Schools, that share the same building since 2004; and Vineyard High School, which is an alternative independent study school.
The Tri-Valley Learning Corporation manages two charter schools in Livermore: Livermore Valley Charter School (LVCS): a K-8 public school, and Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory (LVCP).
The city has at about 30 pre-schools and day care centers.
Private schools in the area include: Our Savior Lutheran School (OSLS), St. Michael’s Elementary and Middle Catholic School, and Valley Montessori.
Livermore Adult School, located at 1401 Almond Ave, offers the following programs:

  • Job Training
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • U.S. Citizenship High School Diploma
  • GED (General Educational Development)
  • Parent Education Classes
  • Classes for Older Adults

Additional Programs

  1. Community Interest
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Home and Consumer Economics
  4. Computer Training

For higher education, Las Positas College and the University of Phoenix are main providers in the community.

3.a Library

The Livermore Public Library, located at 1188 S. Livermore Ave., provides materials and services to the community, including tax help, art gallery exhibits, computers, fax and photocopiers,  employment resources, Friends of the Library program, legal help, a library café – The Daily Grind, literacy, meeting rooms & exhibit space, and wireless service.

The library organizes every month, multiple events for children, adults and teens.

4. Government

The City Council functions as the legislative body that represents the citizens of Livermore and makes laws and policy decisions through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions. This form of government consists of the Major and four members, who are elected at large. The Mayor serves a two-year term, while the Council Members serve four-year terms.

The City Council adopts the City budget, hosts ceremonial occasions, represents the City on County and regional governmental agencies, and carries out other municipal responsibilities.

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5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

Interstate 580 is the main east-west six-lane freeway of Livermore. Heading west, it connects to the rest of San Francisco Bay Area, and east, the highway passes the outskirts of Livermore before it heads through the Altamont Pass to the Central Valley and Interstate 5.
Interstate 680 and Route 84 are also accessible from Livermore, and they provide a faster commute to San Jose.
Vasco Road connects Livermore to Brentwood and the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta area.
Altamont Commuter Express Train, a commuter train that runs from Stockton to the San Jose area, has a station located by the Livermore Transit Center where is possible to make connections to the Wheels bus system, and access the free multistory parking garage. There’s also a station at Vasco Road near the Lawrence Livermore Lab.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) is going to provide efficient transportation to the Bay Area, and connections to the ACE Train.
Wheels Livermore Transit Center, located near Downtown Livermore, offers access to Altamont Commuter Express Train, Ace Train, Amtrak Motor Coach buses, and Greyhound buses. The bus system operates in Livermore and in the neighboring cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Alameda County. Wheels has connections to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations in Dublin and Pleasanton.
The City of Livermore is home to the Livermore Municipal Airport, which is located 3 miles northwest of Livermore, and considered the “Gateway to the Tri-Valley”. The Airport, owned and operated by the City of Livermore, provides private aircrafts for large corporate businesses. Apart from the Livermore Municipal Airport, there are three other major facilities within close distance: the San Francisco International Airport, the Mineta San Jose International Airport, and the Oakland International Airport.

5.b Utilities

According to the official City website of Livermore, the Livermore Municipal Water utility serves water to more than 28,800 Livermore residents; and the balance of residents are served by the California Water Service Company, also known as Cal Water. Livermore Sanitation is the provider of recyclables, organics and garbage collection services for commercial and residential properties.

6. Point of Interest

Shopping and Dining
Livermore’s Award-Winning Downtown offers residents and visitors a wide variety of shopping and dining services. Livermore has something for everyone when it comes to dining and shopping! The San Francisco Premium Outlets is also a place to go for all shopping needs, since it’s the state’s largest outlet center with more than 170 luxury retail stores.
Livermore Valley Wineries and Craft Breweries
The Livermore Valley, one of California’s oldest wine regions, played a main role in shaping California’s wine industry. The region has more than 50 wineries, offering an exceptional array of events, concerts and tastings throughout the year. In addition to Livermore’s rich winemaking tradition, craft brewers have been operating in the community as well.
Livermore is home to multiple and diverse cultural arts organizations and assets, including a symphony orchestra, opera company, several dance companies, Shakespeare Festival, chamber music series, the Bankhead Performing Arts Center, murals, poet laureate, organizations for visual arts, literary arts, vocal music, public television, heritage groups, arts educators, artisans, and many individual artists.

7. Sports & Recreation

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) operates 42 facilities, including neighborhood, special use, community and regional parks and sport fields, a family campground situated at South Lake Tahoe; the Ravenswood Historic Site, the Barn, the Veterans Building, the May Nissen Community Park, the Swim Center, the Carnegie Building, the Bothwell Recreation Center and the Robert Livermore Community Center.
The city offers a wide variety of choices for those who love boating, bocce ball, hiking, cycling, running, and much more.
LARPD provides an extensive selection of classes on multiple subjects.
Some of the many world-class events that take place in Livermore include: the Little League World Series, the Annual Livermore Rodeo, and Wine Festival.
So come eat, play and have fun in this charming community! Our professional Livermore movers will be more than happy to relocate your belongings, fast and without inconvenience.

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