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.


The city’s primary transportation infrastructure consists of the El Cerrito Plaza and El Cerrito del Norte BART stations, along with several local bus lines operated by AC Transit, providing access to the surrounding area and the nearby cities of Albany, Berkeley and Richmond. In addition to this local service, El Cerrito is also served by AC Transit’s transbay buses to the San Francisco Transbay Terminal, as well as its late night service from the del Norte station through Richmond, San Pablo, and Pinole, and one of the All Nighter routes, which follows the Richmond-Millbrae BART line. FAST, Golden Gate Transit, Vallejo Transit, Napa VINE, and WestCat provide feeder service between the del Norte station and elsewhere in Contra Costa County and the North Bay.


San Pablo Avenue stretches the length of El Cerrito and is the primary commercial and retail corridor of the city. El Cerrito is home to El Cerrito Plaza, a large automobile-oriented shopping center originally built as a regional mall in the 1950s, and the Cerrito Theater, a restored two-screen movie theater known for offering beer, wine, and a full dining menu. The shopping center is surrounded by other commercial and retail businesses along San Pablo Avenue and Fairmount Avenue, including Elevation 66 Brewing Company, fast food and an ACE Hardware store.

El Cerrito city parks include both recreation/sports parks as well as undeveloped nature areas. Most notable are the 80-acre (320,000 m2) Hillside Natural Area open space, Huber Park (Terrace Drive), Cerrito Vista Park (Moeser Lane and Pomona Avenue), and Arlington Park (Arlington Boulevard), Tassajara Park (Tassajara Avenue and Barrett Avenue), Poinsett Park (Poinsett Avenue), and the Canyon Trail Park and Art Center (Gatto Avenue). The City is home to a 2.6-mile (4.2 km) segment of the Ohlone Greenway (named after the Native American Ohlone people), a trail that runs the length of the City along the BART right-of-way and is popular with walkers, runners, and bicyclists.

The city is home to Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, a popular amusement park museum.


Top Employers

According to the City of El Cerrito’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2013 the top employers in the city are:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • City of El Cerrito
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • El Cerrito Royale
  • Fat Apple’s Restaurant-Bakery
  • Home Depot
  • Honda of El Cerrito
  • Lucky’s
  • Mira Vista Golf and Country Club
  • Nation’s Giant Hamburgers
  • Pastime Ace Hardware
  • Prospect Sierra School
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill
  • Safeway
  • Shields Nursing Center
  • Tehiyah Day School
  • Trader Joe’s
  • US Post Office
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District

Note: Data not available for ranking or total employees for each employer.
Nation’s Giant Hamburgers is based in El Cerrito.