Livermore residents live in an upscale northern California community that enjoys a high standard of living. Livermore has good schools, nice homes, an abundant number of parks, and access to major metropolitan cities nearby such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Like the area surrounding it, Livermore offers the charm and ambiance of a small-town with the conveniences of a big city.
Livermore residents have access to upscale facilities and enjoy an enviable lifestyle. There are a number of good career opportunities in Livermore with its thriving business community. Livermore is the home of two Department of Energy laboratories: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratories. Other major employers include Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, US Foods, Comcast, Activant, Mission City Rebar, Topcon, Costco, Lam Research, Target and WalMart. The local wineries also provide many jobs.
One of the main attractions of this area is its many outdoor recreation opportunities with dozens of parks, both urban and natural open spaces. Hikers and people who like a casual stroll will enjoy the area around Livermore which has more than a thousand miles of trails winding through the parks and regional areas. There also are many areas here for swimming, fishing, picnics and camping.
For a more in-depth view of the area, especially for children, the Livermore Area Recreation & Park District offers educational programs run by rangers. School and weekend programs, evening programs in the park helps kids discover the rich diversity in the natural habitat. There is also a Junior Ranger program and field trips to protected areas such as Ano Nuevo and the Marin Headlands.
Community Activities and Recreation
Golfers will enjoy the five championship golf courses in Livermore: Wente Vineyards, Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Las Positas Golf Course, and Springtown Golf Course.
Livermore is also located in California’s wine country. The city is reputedly the oldest wine country town in California. Many Italian families settled in Livermore in the early years when the area was settled. They realized quickly that the mild Mediterranean climate was ideal for growing grapes, in fact, the land was startlingly similar to the country where they grew up. These Italian immigrants helped start the area's first vineyards and make wines, leading to Livermore’s strong wine culture. There are many well-known vineyards to visit. Some of these vineyards also stage live concerts and musical performances such as Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Event Center.
Livermore’s unique blend of arts, culture, western heritage and vibrant wine industry makes it a very special community. Recently the city has focused its efforts into making Historic Downtown Livermore a place where people can gather for shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural events. There are modern upgrades to the Downtown area such as a new 10-screen cinema and a 500-seat performing arts center. The development has also included adding residential areas, art/live workspaces, and a walkable area that is reminiscent of an active urban area.