Incorporated in 1878, Berkeley continues to welcome newcomers from all backgrounds, foster close community ties, and live up to its reputation as an innovative, exciting, and fun place to live. Over 83% of its residents rate Berkeley an "excellent" or "good" place to live. When asked what they like most about living in Berkeley, residents repeatedly cite cultural diversity, art, beautiful parks, innovative businesses, and friendliness amongst neighbors. Other frequently mentioned characteristics include great restaurants and shopping, proximity to the University of California - Berkeley, geographic location, the physical beauty of the environment, easy access to San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley, the weather, community services, recreational activities.
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