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Overview of Emeryville

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Emeryville is home to more than 10,000 residents. The city is a corporate and transportation hub for the Bay Area and offers easy access to Interstates 80, 580 and 880. It also offers Amtrak and Bay Area Rapid Transit Services. The city itself lies between the dynamic communities of Berkeley and Oakland, which both offer unparalleled cultural and entertainment options. Emeryville is unique in that it has a dramatically small geographical size: The entire city encompasses just one square mile of land.

Although indigenous and Mexican peoples thrived for centuries in what would become the Emeryville area, the first organized American party was the Bidwell-Bartleson party, which came to the area in 1841. By 1849, the California Gold Rush drew worldwide attention. Numerous settlers poured into California, causing tremendous growth throughout the area. Emeryville was officially incorporated in December 1896. Since its incorporation, Emeryville has blossomed into an urban center and a central business district for Bay Area corporations. Those searching for Emeryville apartments for rent will be happy to discover this vibrant community.

Living in Emeryville, CA

Emeryville's residents enjoy the city's corporate and urban vibe. Because of its function as a business district, the city is heavily populated with condo-style, townhome and apartment buildings; though, single-family homes certainly exist within the city. Emeryville's mixed-use design and corporate campuses give it a distinct urban feel. The promenade, Bayfront redevelopment area and Doyle Hollis Park provide community space for residents to enjoy.

Emeryville is home to a thriving arts scene, as are the nearby cities of Berkeley and Oakland. The 45th Street Artists Cooperative provides living and working space for many Emeryville artists. The city's Art in Public Places Program works to commission artistic pieces for public enjoyment.

Emeryville Work and Study

Emeryville is one of the Bay Area's premier corporate locations, and is thus home to many places to work. Most famously, Emeryville is home to the Pixar Studios campus, which includes two (soon to be four) buildings, a soccer field, an amphitheater, a jogging path and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. According to the city's website, the top employers are Pixar, Novartis, AC Transit, Oaks Card Club, Leapfrog, IKEA, Ex'pression College, Amyris Biotechnologies, Mobitv and the City of Emeryville. The city sees its population grow by 202.6 percent during workdays due to commuting.

Emeryville is also home to a few institutes of higher learning. Ex'Pression College, Western Career College and National Holistic Institute are located in the city. Laney College and University of California - Berkeley are located just three miles away in Berkeley and, combined, enroll about 37,000 students annually.

Rentals in Emeryville, CA and Cost of Living

According to city-data.com, the cost of living index in Emeryville is 139.3, which is 39.3 percent higher than the U.S. average. Those searching for Emeryville rentals will want to note that the median gross rent in the city is $1,428 per month. The city has an extremely healthy rental market: About 65 percent of homes in Emeryville are renter-occupied.

Emeryville Attractions and Special Events

Each year, Emeryville's artists and art admirers put on the annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. Local artists submit their original works to be enjoyed by the community at large. Other community events include an Earth Day celebration, triathlon and Spring Family Festival.

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