El Cerrito

Offers the ideal balance between living in the San Francisco Bay area and suburban comfort all within view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Welcome to El Cerrito

A peaceful, suburban community with gorgeous views of San Francisco Bay.
 
El Cerrito is part of Contra Costa County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Although it began as a small town, it has exploded into a suburban area. El Cerrito offers a unique place to live with easy access to parks, shopping, and outdoor adventure. You'll find excitement on San Pablo Avenue which runs the length of El Cerrito. San Pablo Avenue offers extensive shopping, dining, and other businesses. 
 
A highlight of El Cerrito is its call to the architecture of the past. El Cerrito Plaza is a 1950’s shopping plaza that continues to be transformed into modernity. You can also find the Cerrito Theater as another architectural marvel restored for new use. The Cerrito Theater boasts cocktails and dining as well as two restored theater rooms. When you want to get away from town life, you can find adventure in the 80-acre open space park, Hillside Natural Area. El Cerrito also offers access to a section of the Ohlone Greenway, with a trail that runs the length of the city. El Cerrito offers the ideal balance between living in the San Francisco Bay area and suburban comfort all within view of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
 

What to Love

  • The San Francisco Bay 
  • Peaceful community
  • Views of the Golden Gate Bridge 

Local Lifestyle

El Cerrito is a suburban oasis in the San Francisco Bay Area. The people of El Cerrito are laid-back and individualistic, with many finding a deep sense of community here. As the most southwestern city in the Bay Area, El Cerrito has an atmosphere that mixes southwestern culture with the California lifestyle. Those that live in El Cerrito know it to be a cozy place to live with nightlife and activities catering to all ages. The people of El Cerrito can enjoy a historic atmosphere with modern comforts at every corner.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The hub of El Cerrito is San Pablo Avenue. Home to shopping, dining, and more. As one of the oldest roads in the East Bay, it stretches through El Cerrito and beyond, presenting an important piece of history. When you come to El Cerrito there are plenty of things to do both in and outside of town. If you're looking for something to do out of the sun, you can catch a flick and eat some food at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito. Their pizza paired with a good brew is a local favorite on rainy days.
 
Don't miss authentic Peruvian food at El Mono as well as freshly prepared Chinese food from Noodles Fresh. Other favorites include authentic Thai cusine at Sistory Thai Kitchen and Well Grounded , a family owned cafe, offering a delicious selection of locally sourced, organic teas and espresso/coffee drinks.
 

Things to Do

You can always find something to do in El Cerrito. Mira Vista Golf & Country Club is a great place to hit the links and enjoy a day of relaxation. Ohlone Greenway has four and a half miles of paved trails for walking or biking. You can find an outdoor activity for any level of adventure. Whether you are looking for a park to picnic in or a new trail, there’s something for everyone in El Cerrito. 
 
The Bridges Rock Gym has rock climbing walls for all ages and skill levels. Their climbing clinics and private lessons will prepare you for expert-level climbing. 
 
You can cool off at the El Cerrito Swim Center that offers swim classes, water aerobics and more. 

Schools

El Cerrito is home to 21 schools within the West Contra Costa Unified School District
 
 
 

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Overview for El Cerrito, CA

25,925 people live in El Cerrito, where the median age is 41.7 and the average individual income is $57,876. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

25,925

Total Population

41.7 years

Median Age

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$57,876

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for El Cerrito, CA

El Cerrito has 10,499 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in El Cerrito do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 25,925 people call El Cerrito home. The population density is 5,360.52 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

25,925

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41.7

Median Age

47.42 / 52.58%

Men vs Women

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10,499

Total Households

2.46

Average Household Size

$57,876

Average individual Income

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Schools in El Cerrito, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby El Cerrito. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Summit Public School K2
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
3/5
Fairmont Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Fred T. Korematsu Middle
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
Michelle Obama Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
Montessori Family School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Prospect Sierra School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
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