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Old 10-17-2007, 12:22 PM
 
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Question Need information about Livermore, CA

I am thinking about relocating to Livermore, CA but was wondering about a few things: (1)-Earthquakes....how often and approximately how strong are the earthquakes in this area? (2)-Employment-how is the job market in the area for clerical/accounting positions? (3)-Are the rents reasonable? (4)-Is it a safe and nice area to live? (5)-Is it a 'pet friendly' kind of place?
Anyone who can give me a true idea of what it is like to live in Livermore I would appreciate it.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:25 PM
 
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Earthquakes are not as common at inland areas such as Livermore as they are along the coast where the major fault lines are. Earthquakes strong enough to be felt are not that common. I haven't noticed an earthquake around here since 1989.
Otherwise, Livermore is a nice town with a country feel. There are vineyards in the area. The downtown area has been spruced up and looks nice. It does get hot in the summertime - in the 90's but with low humidity. Lots of shopping available, also nearby in Pleasanton and Dublin.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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I am thinking about relocating to Livermore, CA but was wondering about a few things: (1)-Earthquakes....how often and approximately how strong are the earthquakes in this area?.
Map: Major Bay Area Faults


THE LIVERMORE EARTHQUAKE OF JANUARY 1980 CONTRA COSTA AND ALAMEDA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:43 PM
 
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Livermore vineyards Wente Vineyards
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:58 PM
 
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Not near any major faults?? Are you serious?? The Hayward and Calaveras fault run right by Livermore. There was a 5.7 near San Jose a few months ago. We felt it all the way in Cupertino.

That being said, no you can't feel most of them. But they do say the next big quake will most likely come from the Hayward fault.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:12 PM
 
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I grew up in Livermore. It has grown a lot over the last 10 - 15 years and become more of a commuter town than it was when I was a kid in the 70s, but I'm sure it's still a nice place. When I was there it was still like a factory town with most people living and working in the same town, not commuting out everyday. That change has made the traffic on 580 a real nightmare. It is very hot in the Summer, and it doesn't cool off at night like it does over the hill. In fact, you will often be able to see the fog sitting on the East Bay hills as the sun goes down...mocking you while you sweat.

I lived there during the '80 earthquake and it was quite a ride, but earthquakes are going to happen here no matter where you live. Livermore is near some major fault lines, but so is every other city in the Bay Area. Nothing in Livermore has been built on landfill and that is a much bigger danger in an earthquake. Everything that fell down in the Loma Prieta quake was built on landfill.

I don't know anything about the job situation out there now. It used to be on the cheaper side, which is why so many people moved there, but like everything else, it got increasingly expensive. No with the market declining rapidly, I wouldn't even guess what the rental market is like.

If you can work there too, I'd say it's a nice place. If you have to commute out of there on a weekday morning, no way.

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Old 03-06-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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Another one who grew up in Livermore... have moved away a number of times and always come back. Rents are cheaper for houses than apartments from what I have found, but that depends on if you're on your own or have a family. For a family - definately rent a house - you'll get more bang for the buck. I've been through a few earthquakes, and they're generally not that bad. Even with the big Loma Prieta quake, Livermore had relatively minor damage.

As far as jobs, there is a HUGE business center in Pleasanton which is right next door. If you have half a brain and can do about any clerical position, there will be a job out there for you.

And Livermore is very pet friendly, from what I've experienced. And it's a great place to live. South Livermore is the "nice" part of town, but there really isn't a bad part of town... well except the Springtown area, and that's just because it's virtually cut off from the rest of Livermore so it feels too separate.
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