Livermore, incorporated in 1876, is the oldest city in the Livermore Valley. William Mendenhall is credited as the city's founder. He helped spur the opening of the railroad through town in 1869 which transformed the area into an agricultural center. The prosperous city had an extensive mercantile and wine industry in the late 19th century.
This scenic ranching community took on a dual personality when a surplus naval base was transformed into the internationally renowned Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1952. The city welcomed Sandia National Laboratory in 1956. These labs helped swell the city's population from 4,000 residents in 1950 to 40,000 in 1970.
Livermore's population is now over 82,000 people.
Livermore vineyards, such as Wente Vineyards and Concannon Vineyards, have graced the valley since 1849. In 1984, Livermore's microclimate was deemed perfect for growing varietals like Sauvingnon Blanc, Semillion and Cabernet grapes.
Today, Livermore's centralized location, pro-business attitude and it scenic setting make it an ideal community for new businesses. Topcon, FormFactor and Bridgelux have discovered that Livermore provides a cost effective alternative to other Bay Area locations.
The City of Livermore and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce have made business retention, expansion and new business their primary goals. The City and the Chamber are committed to making Livermore a point of destination for business, tourism, technology and education.
Livermore is surrounded by more than 40 wineries and over 5,000 acres of vineyard and is becoming recognized as one of the California's premiere wine regions.
Livermore's downtown is the place to be. It is a vibrant walkable district serving the living, dining, shopping ,cultural and entertainment needs of the city.