El Cerrito, California

El Cerrito
City of El Cerrito
San Pablo Avenue, with the historic Cerrito Theater
San Pablo Avenue, with the historic Cerrito Theater
Official seal of El Cerrito
Seal
Location of El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, California
Location of El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, California
El Cerrito is located in the United States
El Cerrito
El Cerrito
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°54′57″N 122°18′42″W / 37°54′57″N 122°18′42″W / 37.91583; -122.31167

El Cerrito is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, and forms part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a population of 23,549 according to the 2010 census. El Cerrito was founded by refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It was incorporated in 1917 as a village with 1,500 residents. As of the census in 2000, there were 23,171 people, 10,208 households and 5,971 families in the city. The top 20 employers in the city, according to the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, include such entities as the West Contra Costa Unified School District, the City of El Cerrito, Lucky Stores, Pastime ACE Hardware, and Honda of El Cerrito.

History

El Cerrito was founded by refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. They settled in what was then Don Víctor Castro's Rancho San Pablo, and adjacent to the ranch owned by the family of Luís María Peralta, the Rancho San Antonio.[8] A post office opened at the settlement in 1909 and the refugee camp became known as Rust, after Wilhelm F. Rust, its first postmaster.[9][10] The village's residents did not care for the name and changed it to El Cerrito in 1916, in reference to the many individual hills in the village, there are many distinct hills and as you drive North to south you will travel up and down hills many times in the small village (the name means "little hills" or "knoll").[9] A year later, El Cerrito was incorporated as a village with 1,500 residents.[8]

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