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El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

El Cerrito is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 23,171 at the 2000 census.

Geography

El Cerrito is bordered by Albany and Kensington to the south, Richmond to the west and north, and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park to the east. In addition, El Cerrito is within 150 meters (500 ft) of Berkeley to the southeast.

Celebrities

Creedence Clearwater Revival, including John Fogerty and Tom Fogerty, grew up in El Cerrito and played their last concert at El Cerrito High School. The Bay Area tenure of Metallica started out in El Cerrito.

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 23,171 people, 10,208 households, and 5,971 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,451.1/km˛ (6,356.5/mi˛). There were 10,462 housing units at an average density of 1,106.7/km˛ (2,870.1/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city was 57.79% White, 8.54% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 24.38% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 3.06% from other races, and 5.48% from two or more races. 7.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,208 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $57,253, and the median income for a family was $69,397. Males had a median income of $50,316 versus $40,866 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,593. About 3.5% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Famous residents

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 3:2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3:3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 3:4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 3:5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 3:6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 3:7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 3:8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 3:9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 3:10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.



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