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Livermore, California, is an art palette for music, nature, and wine lovers.
As part of the San Francisco Bay metropolitan area, this is a place where you can keep a deep breath to escape the rush of the city.
The city is part of the Tri-Valley area that includes Amador, San Ramon, and Livermore Valleys and rides the eastern edge of this metropolitan area, but in reality, it’s a good hour’s drive to the heart of San Francisco.
This is a great escape from the expensive lifestyle in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.
Wineries flood the valleys of Livermore.
You might even forget about Napa in this wine-soaked region.
You have miles of trails to follow in the surrounding wilderness or feed your sweet tooth with an ice creamery tour.
The charming downtown gives an Americana feel with a West Coast vibe, but behind sturdy walls, the future of U.S. National Security is being developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Library (LLNL).
LLNL is also the largest employer in this area, so you’ll be surrounded by nuclear scientists.
Warnings & Dangers in Livermore
OVERALL RISK: LOW
There's a low overall risk here and the crime numbers are very low compared to other California cities of this size. It's #55 of the safest cities according to SafeWise, and it's right next door to the safest city in California, which is Danville.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
There's a low risk in the variety of options in Livermore. Livermore Amador Valley Transit has a WHEELS bus service in the immediate area. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) also has a stop here. The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) is a train that runs from Stockton to San Jose with two points of contact in Livermore. Taxis and rideshares are also available.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
There were two pickpocket reports in 2020, so that's a low risk. Even the general theft rate is lower in comparison to cities of similar size at one in 75. That doesn't mean letting your guard down, but you don't need a death grip on your purse when catching a bus.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
The most dangerous part of Livermore might be the medium natural disaster risk. This city could get a major earthquake, is subject to flash flooding, and is also at a big risk of wildfires and associated impacts. You should learn about the safety of all three before your visit so you're better prepared.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Another low-risk category. This city hasn't had more than 60 robberies a year in more than a decade. There's a one in 533 chance of being a victim of a robbery.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
There's a large government operation located right in Livermore that helps keep the nation and the world safe. Terrorists hate that idea. This would be a medium risk, but with an operation that large, you can be sure the U.S Government and Homeland Security will take extra steps to keep the surrounding area safe.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
Utility company scams are the biggest concern here, which impacts only locals, but if you're renting a home and someone calls or comes by, ask for proof they are with the company and call to confirm their identity. It's worth noting you should never put a deposit down on a rental home via wire transfer. That's a sure sign it's a scam. Overall, it's a low risk.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Women are safe to travel here and some choose to even live here due to the safety status of the community. There's a low risk.
TAP WATER RISK: LOW
Add water quality to the list of things that are safe and low risk here. The water meets or exceeds all national standards.
Safest Places to Visit in Livermore
It’s a great idea to spend some time just wandering around downtown Livermore.
While it’s not decked out for tourists, it has that familiar feel of walking down a small town street with arching trees and the smell of fresh-cut grass mixed with fresh bread from a local bakery.
In a surprising twist, the Livermore Casino is right in the middle of downtown.
You have more than two dozen wineries to choose from in and around Livermore.
It’s worth reviewing the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association website before you go to choose the few that fit your preferences.
There is a pre-set Wine Country Bike Tour route if you want to explore the scenery between samples on a bicycle.
Microbrews also give the wine some tough competition here with tours, tastings, and tapas.
I saw one microbrewery with a pretzel ring Charcuterie board and I cannot stop thinking about it.
Del Valle Regional Park is a place for fishing, kayaking, hiking, or horseback riding.
The park also leads to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail backcountry region.
There’s an outlet mall on the western edge of Livermore if you want to go discount shopping before dining at one of the many restaurants in town.
Places to Avoid in Livermore
Livermore is a very safe city from end to end and top to bottom.
Here are a few local comments on this topic:
- “Livermore has some older, more blue-class parts of town, but definitely, nothing I’d even remotely consider to be bad.”
- “Downtown and the surrounding areas used to be a little run down, but downtown has been revitalized and is now a pretty nice place to hang out.”
- “I think Livermore is a safe area. I think there are a few sections that have run-down-looking apartments and some people call it ‘bad’, but I don’t think it is as far as safety goes.”
The average income in this city is $127,000 and less than 5% of people live in poverty.
This is a community rich in people and pays range.
That doesn’t mean forgetting basic safety, like locking your car and taking all valuables with you, avoiding large amounts of cash being seen in public, or telling too much personal information to someone you meet at the winery.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Livermore
- If you are going fishing at Del Valle, you’ll need a fishing license from the California Department of Wildlife. This can be obtained on their website ahead of time so you can get right to it when you arrive.
- Even if you take the bike path to the wineries, you aren’t off the hook for staying sober. You can get a Riding Under the Influence charge on a bicycle. As Livermore Police Sergeant Kieth Graves said, “We get those more often than you think.”
- It’s against the law for anyone under 18 years old to ride a bike, skateboard, scooter, or in-line skates without a helmet. The city is serious about this and could take the child to juvenile court for an offense.
- If you are driving around Livermore, you will also need to be careful of bicyclists (drunk or not) and share the road with them. Obey all speed limits, give at least four feet of distance between your car and a cyclist, and respect the right-of-way.
- The Livermore Police Department has a crime map updated daily on its website so you can double-check crimes that have happened near your selected location to stay on your trip here.
- Sign up for Nixle alerts when you arrive. You’ll get emergency information from the police about weather issues, crimes, and civil emergencies.
- Areas prone to wildfire, like Livermore, could be impacted by Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). This is when the utility company shuts off power to a certain area to avoid wildfire potential. High winds and dry weather can knock down power poles or transformers that end up starting massive wildfires. The power outage is inconvenient, yes, but it’s also a step to save lives. Keep your mobile devices as charged as possible, just in case.
- To keep up with wildfires in the region, follow InciWeb. This site is updated by firefighters at the sight of the fire and shows maps of where the fire is burning, the direction it’s going, the risks, containment, etc.
- Livermore is a city so dedicated to safety, it has codes for how businesses and residential areas are built down to bolts on the doors and the placement of windows.
- I’m sure you want to go to San Francisco during your trip. What I’m not sure is if you realize how bad the traffic can be. Leave early if you’re driving. One of the only complaints people have in Livermore is the “brutal” commute to the central part of the San Francisco Bay Area. 511sf.org is THE resource you need to keep up with traffic timing, delays, and issues.
So... How Safe Is Livermore Really?
This is one of the top 60 safest cities in California and nearby Danville is the safest.
It’s part of the Tri-Valley region that is filled with safe cities, so not only is this city safe, you aren’t going to stumble into a dangerous city nearby.
Livermore had 165 violent crimes in 2020.
That’s in a city of almost 90,000 people.
There were 47 robberies and 1166 thefts.
Half of those thefts were from vehicles, so another reminder to lock up your car.
In a city this safe on the surface, it’s easy to let your guard down and leave a window rolled down or the car unlocked after you park.
Park as if you were in the worst area of the most dangerous city on Earth, even though you’re in one of the safest.
If you’re going into the wilderness, you’ll want to bring good hiking boots.
Bring plenty of water.
If you see a wildfire burning over the horizon, find out information about it before you even think of going into the hillsides.
Sometimes they are prescribed burns, other times it could be an out-of-control fire.
How Does Livermore Compare?
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You don't need any additional identification from the Visa requirements you handled at the airport.
The U.S. Dollar is the current here. There's not a large need for cash here, so one credit card should suffice. Credit cards offer the best identity theft or unapproved charge protection compared to debit cards or cash.
You get a little bit of diversity here with an average winter day having a high in the 50s and a low in the 30s. In spring and fall, you'll see more 70s and 40s. Summers bring highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 50s. You'll want to bring a jacket any time of year and always bring rain gear with you.
There are three options in the Bay Area. Oakland and San Jose's airports are 40 minutes away. San Francisco's airport is about an hour west, but what a beautiful drive over the bay to get there.
Fog, wildfires, and technical issues can easily cause delays in the Bay Area. You should get travel insurance to protect your trip.
Livermore Weather Averages (Temperatures)
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