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Complete Moving Guide to Berkeley, CA
|According to the website, Berkeley is a city with a small population
and a big reputation. And they are right. Who discussing the North American
education system would not mention Berkeley in the conversation?
Coast community most popular for the University of California, Berkeley is also
noted for free speech and scientific exploration. And if that wasn't enough,
what about the sensational subdivisions and regional recreation? Needless to say
living in Berkeley would not be a bad deal at all.
To find out more about the municipality, take a moment and read
this guide that will inform you on area education, cost of living, culture and
Berkeley ClimateWith an average low of 42 in January and an
average high of 73 in July, locals love the Mediterranean climate that never
gets too hot or too cold in the region. With only 62 days a year of any
measurable precipitation, and no snowfall at all, locals rarely have to seek
shelter from the storm--rather they are out enjoying the 265 sunny days the
sector sees a year. Of course as in any California community, you must always be
aware of a potential earthquake in the province. That is why it is so important
to know how
to prepare for an earthquake since they can happen at any given time.
Berkeley NeighborhoodsNeedless to say, many neighborhoods in
Berkeley are made up of young adults attending the famed campus in town.
Northside, a subdivision north of the college, is less dense and more serene
compared to living in Downtown Berkeley, which is thickly populated with
commercial business. Directly north of the city center is Gourmet Ghetto, named
for its large population of restaurants. West Berkeley, the former town of Ocean
View, is built up with history since it was the hub of the industrial age back
in the day. Now the area has many loft-like apartments that are popular among
Registering Your CarTo complete the registration process, your
vehicle must also be inspected by the California Division of Motor Vehicles. You have 20 days to
register your car after becoming a state resident and you must provide smog and
weight certification, your last issued out of state title and proof of
insurance. You only have 10 days to acquire a driver's license after becoming a
resident and you must provide a thumbprint, fill out a DL 44 form, have your
photo taken, and provide your full name and Social Security number. You must
also pass vision, traffic and road sign tests.
Berkeley SchoolsNeed more be said? As home to one of the most famous
colleges in the world, the town touts top-of-the-line education in a sensational
scenic environment. This is proven by the Graduate Theological Union, the
largest doctoral college in America, being right in town with nine theological
schools on its campus. And if that wasn't enough excellent post-secondary
education, throw in Berkeley City College, a two-year associate's of arts
program available to area students. Prior to college, youth attend the Berkeley Unified School District for
a public education, while others attend one of the number of private schools in
the region for a religious-based education.
Berkeley EmploymentAccording to the city's 2011 Comprehensive
Annual Financial Report, education, science and healthcare lead the economy with
the three top employers in the region listed as University of California,
Berkeley with almost 14,000 employees; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
with 4,200 staff members; and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center with more than
3,000 laborers. With a 6.7 unemployment rate as of April 2013, the California
community proves to be a prosperous province offering many jobs in several
industries. Other top employers include the City of Berkeley, Kaiser Permanente
and Pacific Steel.
Living Costs in the CityYes, the cost of living in Berkeley is
52.9 percent greater than the national average; however, remember the low
unemployment rate. Though there are many other cities across America that are
much less expensive to live in, many of them have a high unemployment rate.
According to CNN Money, $97,067 is the median family income and $551,188 is the
median home price. The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the region starts at a
minimum of $1,500 and rises much higher depending on the locale and luxury of
unit. As for utilities, that greatly depends on the family size and usage of
Berkeley Moving ResourcesMoving and storage companies are ready
and willing to help you with your move to Berkley, whether you’re moving from
out of state or from another county in California. Make sure you get estimates
from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three
estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving
service wisely with important
questions to ask, differentiating between types
of estimates, and mistakes
to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the
Berkeley TransportationAs for public transportation, AC
Transit, Amtrak, BART and major area employers serve residents who need a ride.
With one of the highest pedestrian and bicycle populations in the nation, locals
look forward to incorporating transportation and exercise together daily. When
flying in and out of the area, locals go to either the Oakland International
Airport or the San Francisco International Airport.
Culture & Contemporary LifeThe college population alone keeps the city hustling and bustling
with things to do. Between parks, museums, theaters, symphonies, clubs,
restaurants and more, local love to have a good time in Berkeley. Some popular
places in the province you are always sure to find residents gathered together
at are Telegraph Avenue, People's Park and Berkeley Marina to name a few. Many
annual events like the Jewish Music Festival, Berkeley Arts Festival and the
Solano Avenue Stroll are enjoyed by residents of all ages.
Berkeley Relocation Tips
- If you are reading this article because your employer has asked you to
relocate or a family member is calling you closer, always remember the things
you should consider when moving out of state.
- So you have decided to do it and you have hired a moving company to
transport your life across state lines. Once they have arrived with your life in
their flat bed, be aware of the truck
driver's moving day responsibilities.
- No matter where you are coming from or moving to, you are going to have to
travel, hence fuel. With that in mind, please consider the importance of gas
usage and implement alternate
ways of saving fuel.
- City of Berkeley
Read about the local government and
resident services at the city's website to become more familiar with the
As part of Alameda County, Berkeley is surrounded by many other
California communities that offer so much right outside of the city borders.
- Berkeley Police Department
It's better to be safe than
sorry so contact the law enforcement agency when you arrive in town and ask
about area crime and any neighborhood safety programs in place.
- Berkeley YMCA Volunteers
Get involved with the local YMCA
and volunteer. It is a great way to root yourself in the neighborhood while
making new friends who can tell you so much about the community you now call
- Berkeley Library
Check out a book, join a club and become a
library member at the local branch.
Author : Staff Writer
on July 18, 2013
Movers.com - Moving Expert